Movie Review

Watch ‘A Mero Hajur 3’ if you like seeing Anmol KC do his thing. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time.

The basic plot of the film is unoriginal. Nepali filmmakers seem to believe that there is a formula for a romantic film with young people. First, titling your film like it’s a sequel, even though it has nothing to do with the other films in the franchise.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Apr 19 2019

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Saili stands out as a contemporary film, but its biggest problem is that the titular character has no agency

That aside, Saili comes with its own set of expectations. The music video never explained too much, thus engaging our imaginations and involving us emotionally by demanding the audience participate. Adapting a five-minute song into a feature-length film is a hefty task, but we do expect our intelligence and emotions to be as engaged. But alas.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Apr 05 2019

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A new movie depicts the cold reality of Nepali migrant workers

A medium wide shot of a couple sleeping opens the scene It’s nighttime and the chirp of insects hangs in the air

Timothy Aryal, Mar 30 2019

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The scam from Kathmandu: an honest film review from an actual man from Kathmandu

The story is a revenge plot reminiscent of 90s Bollywood. Bunty aka Faisal Mustafa (Jose Manuel) comes to Kathmandu to look for his father but the city is full of crime and the primary reason is politics.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Mar 22 2019

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A new film celebrates a park official—and the torture and abuse of detainees

Those who are familiar with filmmaker Manoj Pandit’s work know he has a penchant for controversial topics. It is also no secret that he does not shy away from injecting his strong opinions into his films.

TSERING D GURUNG , Mar 13 2019

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An unintentional parody

Based on its trailer, I was hoping Captain would be a sports drama, but what I got was honestly something I wasn’t prepared for Captain is an ugly parody of the beautiful genre of sports films.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Mar 09 2019

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Binod Paudel’s Bulbul is well-executed and filled with exemplary acting, but there are narrative flaws

Binod Paudel, writer-director of the film Bulbul, is the campus chief of Nepal’s first film school, Oscar International College. Most of the films made by the college’s alumni have accrued accolades, not just locally but also globally.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Feb 22 2019

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Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy is a poignant portrait of a Mumbai slum beset by class, gender and religion divides

If Gully Boy is the mainstream Bollywood movie with two of the industry’s biggest actors, then one could finally say that the Indian film industry has come of age. Superstars still rule Bollywood but as is often repeated by industry insiders, nowadays, ‘the story is the king’.

SHREYA PAUDEL, Feb 15 2019

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With a uniquely fascinating premise, Gopi is a no-frills homegrown production that warrants a watch

In the late 1950s, there emerged a new style of filmmaking in France, pioneered by filmmakers such as Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol.

Timothy Aryal, Feb 02 2019

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Film Review: Garud Puran is carelessly-written, badly-acted, and casually misogynistic

For every film review, my work begins with scribbling notes in dark cinema halls. I sit through the films as alert as I can be, ignoring my fellow filmgoers, their giggles, phone calls and popcorn crunches. But when I’m walking out of the theatre, I’m nervous about having to comment on the same issues, over and over again for every review!

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Jan 25 2019

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Free of superstars, melodrama and item numbers, Katha ’72 takes the audience on a personal journey of self-discovery

Nepali filmmakers and their audiences have been feeding off the Indian film industry for quite some time. We have been inspired by everything, right and wrong, our neighbours have offered.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Dec 15 2018

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