Movie Review

There is promise in Appa’s director, but not so much in the film 

In his first film, Anmol Gurung has directed the ubiquitous Dayahang Rai in such a way that he looks and feels like a different character. 

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Jul 05 2019

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In the controversial ‘Kabir Singh’, no one learns and no one grows

In a region where audiences are prone to emulating on-screen protagonists, films must be careful about the kind of message they’re sending

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Jun 28 2019

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Bir Bikram 2 is sexist, poorly plotted and includes crudely drawn characters

Director Milan Chams wants to teach comedian Pranesh Gautam a lesson because of a bad review, but if Bir Bikram 2 is anything to go by, it is perhaps Chams who needs a lesson in respecting women.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Jun 13 2019

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Why did we need ‘Jatrai Jatra’?

Jatrai Jatra doesn’t improve on the first Jatra, neither does it do anything different. Instead, it is almost exactly like its prequel.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, May 24 2019

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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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