Turning Point Part II: Nepali Cinema (2000 – 2016)
2000s was also continuation of same old Bollywood copycats with some offbeat attempts like Basanti (2000), Mukundo (2000), Muna Madan (2003), etc along with commercial money spinners like Aafno Manchhe (2001) and Darpan Chaya (2001). It was not until 2008 when new wave of cinema hit Nepali film industry with superior technology and different storyline, Kagbeni (2008) can be termed as turning point of new wave cinema of 2010s followed by commercially viable urban stories like Sano Sansar (2008). By end of 2000s, Nepali cinema was divided into two factions in terms of cinema quality one who were still catering lower stalls with regular kitsch action-music-romance melodrama with bit of item numbers another adapting Hollywood and Korean hits with superior quality cinematography, theater artists, sharp editing catering the multiplex audience.
2000s saw rise of mass actors like Rekha Thapa, Viraj Bhatt, Nikhil Uprety while at the same time large group of youth were wooed by actors like Namrata Shrestha, Aryan Sigdel, Karma, Reecha Sharma, etc.
The two factions of masses and classes continued even in 2010s, some makers even found the intersection of the both with movies like Nai Nabhannu La (2010), Bato Muni Ko Phool (2010) whose sequel’s are being churned every now and then. Offbeat makers were still trying with something different every now and then with likes of Dashdhunga (2010), Masan(2011), Acharay (2011), etc. Then came the blockbuster Loot (2012) which proved you don’t need hundreds of pages script to make a movie. You just need good script, actors who have conviction and good technical crew. The success of Loot brought in new wave in Nepali Cinema. The cinema with good actors and simple realistic script with over the top or larger than life actors. Following Loot came Kabaddi (2013), which made Dayahang Rai the most popular actor in Nepali Cinema. Apart from catering both masses and classes, these movies started penetrating the overseas market into Nepali Diaspora in USA, Canada, UK, Europe, South Korea and Australia. The makers of classes too started jumping upon this overseas market wagon and started churning out latest Hollywood & Korean rehashed movies with high quality cinematography, locales and good looking youth actors. Anmol K.C. ‘s Hostel, Jerry, Dreams and latest Gajalu are some of the examples of high on style, zero substance movies.
As of 2016, we are seeing rise of actors like Saugat Malla, Dayahang Rai, Priyanka Karki, Karma, etc along with youth stars like Anmol K.C. while late 2000s actors like Aryan Sigdel, Jeevan Luitel are juggling between masses and classes cinema’s. Some actors like Rekha Thapa are still busy catering lower stall audience with her kitschy movies.
The years ahead looks bright as new directors with sound technical and theater background are entering everyday in Nepali Cinema. The appreciation by new youth actors and audience alike for the Nepali cinema has definitely helped Nepali Cinema to spread beyond the border lines. We now have some of the best locales in the world, best technical crew and actors all now we need is good, refined scripts to take Nepali cinema to yet another level.
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