The Nepal film industry has been dependent on Bollywood for a long time now. Be it stories or adaptations, equipment or promotional ante’s, they have been heavily influenced by bollywood but seems the statement will not stand true here on.
In Nepal, for years, Hindi language movies ruled the mixed office but it is changing now. One of the great examples of Nepalese contemporary cinema is Nischal Basnet’s Talakjung vs Tulke (2014), also Nepal’s entry to Oscars.The film follows a village labourer, who dreams of regaining his identity. As the chain of events are set, a revolution can be foreseen that forces him to the city, and he returns armed with the tools that will allow him to seek revenge on those who had wronged him and his family. This revenge drama is a true representation of talent that the small Himalyan nation has got.
A conflict always gives rise to a great story and revolution follows. Nepal realised it ;ate but is on track right now. If we were to take this context in Indian cinema, we will see that the issues that prevailed a hundred years–British raj, Kingdom rule, Cast and religion conflicts– led to invent new ideas that we could see on screen. Lagaan being a very solid example of this. In Hollywood, movies like 12 years of slave and Les Misérables, truly highlighted the weakness of the society and that brought a cinematic revolution with it.
The same is being adapted in Nepal. Basnet’s 2011 debut film and smash hit Loot – a tale where a group plans to go ahead with a bank heist, has already set the tone for the departure of bollywood oriented movies and with the success of Talakjung, the pace had doubled up.
Even actors are freely voicing their opinions and approvals on characters. Actor Reecha Sharma had expressed her discontent at the portrayal of a female character in the film Chhakka Panja. She voiced herself and said that this casual misogynist portrayal of the characters is toxic.
Directors too are taking note of all of this and trying to come up with a changed pattern of story like Bulbul–story of an independent woman who makes her living driving a tempo in kathmandu. In this attempted creation for breaking the gender stereotype, there are a lot of misses but change doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye.
A wave of change can be seen in the industry and people speaking up is the biggest sign of this change. Future holds a lot of great creations from the Himalayan land.