The president Ram Baran Yadav awarded the National Films Award 2015 in an even held at the President’s place, Shital Niwas, on July 28. In the ceremony ‘Kabaddi’ was awarded the Best Movie Award (watch ‘Kabaddi’ here). Actor Dayahang Rai was awarded the Best Actor (male) award for his role in the movie ‘Sambodhan’. Actress Richa Sharma and Sangam Bista were awarded the Best Actress Award for their role in ‘Talakjung VS Tulke’ and ‘Love You Baba’ respectively.
Nischal Basnet was awarded the best director’s award for his work in ‘Talakjung VS Tulke’. The Best Cinematographer award was awarded to Shailendra Dhoj Karki for his work in ‘Zhigrana’ and Nimesh Shrestha was awarded the Best Editor award for the same movie. The movie ‘Matan’ was awarded the best movie in ethnic films category. ‘Kabaddi’ writers Rambabu Gurung and Upendra Subba were also awarded in the ceremony.
This Friday, three more Nepali movies are being released in theater. A historical bio-pic ‘Bhhimdutta’, a suspense thriller ‘Zhigrana’ and a social drama film ‘Punarjanma’ are releasing in theaters all over Nepal. All three movies are considered movies with potential.
The movies are targeted to different audiences. ‘Bhimdatta’ is targeted to audience interested in political issues and historical events. The movie got an ‘UA’ certificate. ‘Zhigrana’ got an ‘A’ certificate and is targeted to the viewers interested in suspense and thriller in movies. ‘Punarjanma’ is suitable for all types of audience with an ‘U’ certificate. The movie appeals to the viewers who like family drama.
A red carpet primer of the movie to release on Friday, ‘Zhigrana’ was held in Kumari theater on March 5. Journalists, film artists and businessmen were present in the premier show.
Suspense thriller ‘Zhigrana’ is the debut movie of the director Pasang Lama. The censor board has awarded an ‘A’ certificate, suitable for adults over 16 years of age. The film makers had expressed their dissatisfaction on the Board’s decision by releasing the scene removed by the Board in YouTube.
We had rightly predicted that the scene would be objected by the Board. The board has asked the film makers to delete the scene but, failed to stop them from distributing it in the internet.
Now, as it is available more widely in the internet, anybody can see the sex scene the Censor Board had found objectionable. The sad truth is, even after deleting the sex scene, the movie is given an ‘A’ certificate, saying it is only suitable for adult audience.
The film production team apparently is not happy by the decision of the Board and has decided to release the scene in YouTube to show that it is not what adults are accustomed to watch. With the video, ‘Zhigrana’ team have also written the definition of ‘A’ certificate and asked the viewers to tell if it was fair.
In recent times a number of movies are made into thriller and horror genre. Movies like ‘Soul Sister‘, ‘Tandav‘, ‘Mukahuta‘, ‘Chhadke‘ and likes are trying to scare the viewers and create an uneasy suspense for the entertainment of the viewers. But, are the Nepali people ready for such type of thriller movies? The question is not easy to answers. But, based on the track record, the movies that appeal the most viewers in Nepal are the masala films with love, romance, suspense, and entertainment. A trailer of a new movie ‘Zhigrana’ was recently released and it seems the film also follows the same trend with a bit of sex and kiss scene added in it. Will it appeal the audience? We will know in less than a month when it is released in theater in March.
The Nepali movie scheduled to release in theater on March 6, 2015, ‘Zhigrana’ seem to contain a bit of racy scenes in addition to violence and blood. The kissing and bed scenes shown in the promotional trailer of the film features actor Nikun Shrestha and Menuka Pradhan is intimate cuddling and sex.
The trailer gives an impression that the film is full of suspense and terror in the journey of seven friends. In addition to the story and suspense, the film makers are also try to cash on the sex scenes.