Nepali political play ‘Loktantra’ is a presentation of Performing Arts Creation, by Mountain Fire Theater Group. The play is written by well known film personality Mohan Niraula. Adharsha Ghimire is the assistant director of the play. The play was played at Sarbanam theater.
The Miss Nepal 2012, Shristi Shrestha, is going to debut in theater in Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet. Shristi will be featured as the character Ophelia in the play. The play in is being played in association with the British Council, Theater Village and the British Embassy in Kathmandu.
The play in Nepali language is directed by Gregory Thompson in association with Bimal Subedi. The play is going to start at the Bhaktapur Durbar Square on October 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM. The regular shows of the play will start on December 17, 2015 till January 11, 2016 at Theater Village.
Because of the shortage in petroleum after India blocked the tankers from entering Nepal at the border, Nepali film industry has suffered a lot. As the vehicular movement is restricted in Nepal, the release of new movies have been canceled and film shooting have been delayed.
‘Destination Kathmandu’ release canceled
According to reports, the movie scheduled to release this Friday – ‘Destination Kathmandu’ has been canceled at the last minute. According to the executive director Madhusudhan Bhattarai, director Deepak Rayamajhi‘s last movie will not release on October 2 as planned before. The movie featuring Dilip Rayamajhi and Jharana Thapa in leading role was halted for a while after the death of the director Deepak Rayamajhi in 2011. Later, Madhusudhan had completed the movie.
This is the second time the movie release has been postponed. Previously the movie was scheduled to release on May 8 but, because of the earthquake of April 25, the movie release was delayed.
The movie previously released in Kathmandu, ‘Woda Number Chha’ is going to release in theaters out of Kathmandu on this Friday.
Because of the problem in transportation, the shooting of Bhuwan KC‘s debut movie as the director, ‘Dreams’ shooting has also been affected. The resumption of the shooting of Bhuwan’s song Anmol KC starrer movie is uncertain.
According to Motion Picture Association, 12 major theaters are closed in the earthquake affected area. Some of the closed theaters are undergoing repairs after earthquake damages and others are closed because of the lack of the movie to screen in them. As the earthquake aftershocks haven’t stopped even after a month of the devastating earthquake, viewers are skeptical in going to theaters to watch the movies.
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According to Gopal Kayastha, Kalanki theater is in the verge of collapse, Asta Narayan and Ganga are also being renovated after earthquake. Other closed theaters include a multiplex in Bagbazar, Subhakamana and Mayur theaters in Banepal, Barahi and Kamalbinayak theaters in Bhaktapur, Hira Ratna, Asta Narayan, Ganga and Kalanki theaters in Kathmandu.
It has almost been a month of the devastating Nepal Earthquake and the film theaters are yet to open for business. Although the theater owners had announced the resumption of business on the second week of earthquake, the government found them risky to re-open before comprehensive structural evaluation of the structures.
The second big after shock on May 12 caused further damages to the structures and killed some people. The theaters couldn’t open on that week. Now, there is still uncertainty of the safety the theaters as some theaters. The government hasn’t been able to identify the risky and safe theaters so far. According to the spokesperson of Film Development Board (FDB), the government authority will require some more days to publish the full list of damaged theaters.
In a report received late, an award winning theater actress, Karina Khatri had died in the April 25, 2015 earthquake. The 12-years-old actress had participated in the 6th National Children Theater Festival organized by Shailee Theater and won the Shailee Best Actor award.
Photo – Karina Khatri (center)
Karina had acted in the play titled ‘Beimani Kaal’ meaning Ruthless Death in English. The ruthless death actually took her away only after a couple of months of the festival that ran from February 9 to February 15, 2015. Award winning director Navaraj Khadka had directed the play presented by Charumati English School.
The organization of movie theaters had decided to open the theaters this Friday. They had claimed that they had performed the required engineering aspects of the theaters before making the decision. But, the government had objected their decision and started performing their own damage assessment. On May 8, we were informed that Cine de Chef was the only theater damaged by earthquake. But, the government damage assessment team has found more theaters unsuitable for occupancy.
According to a report in Onlinekhabr, the government engineering team has declared 3 theaters under Guna Cinemas too risky to operate by posting red stickers on the theaters.
The multiplex theaters in Kathmandu are going to start their regular business starting this Friday. Apart from one damaged theater, Cine de Chef, all other multiplex theaters are opening on May 8, 2015.
The compound walls of QFX theater had fallen but the theater itself is undamaged. The CTC Mall building, where Cine de Chef is located, has been completely damaged by earthquake. Other theaters are reported to be in good condition to continue operation.
A luxurious movie theater has started its operation in Kathmandu. The theater located in Civil Trade Center (CTC) in Sundhara, Cine-De-Safe, features luxurious seating arrangement and restaurants. Chinese, Thai and Indian Continental foods are served to the movie goers. It features breakfast, lunch and dinner for the movie viewers. The theater runs a five-star kitchen to serve it’s guests.
Out of the two theaters in CCT mall’s seventh and eighth floors, one is cine dine and another cine. Cine dine theater has 58 luxury sofas. The sofas can be folded up to 180 degrees and they also feature message while being seated. There are tables to serve foods to the viewers. Individual lights are also provided in each table for the ease in eating while watching movies.
Actress and model Keki Adhikari is debuting in theater as Charumati. While everybody else were celebrating Shivaratri, Keki and the ‘Charumati’ team spent the night at the Theatre Village to rehearse for the play. The rehearsal went on for the whole night.
‘Charumati’, a historical dance play is written by Satya Mohan Joshi and directed by Bimal Subedi. Originally written in Newari, the play was translated in Nepali by Rajendra Maharjan.
One more movie theater, Purnima Cinema Hall has closed down in Pokhara. The theater was closed when the volume of viewers reduced by a large number. The theater used to feature Nepali movies and was run by producer and distributor Hari Baral.
Hari Baral expects to start the theater after a couple of months. Established in 2037 BS, the movie theater is one of the main film hall in the city. In the past three other theaters had closed down.