Love and lust

- Manisha Neupane
Love and lust

Jan 24, 2012-

The fact that the Nepali film industry has not been faring well in recent years is no big secret. Films have been churned out—one after the other—but there have been hardly any individuals queuing up to get into the theatre to watch a Nepali film. The release of Loot two weeks ago breathed new hope into the industry. Even at theatres where Nepali films are normally not screened, nearly each screening was packed.  The film’s success has brought down the concept that Nepali films don’t have a market. If you make a good film, you will surely get the deserved appreciation.

Arjun Kumar, a young producer of Nepali films, has similar thoughts when it comes to the local film industry. Though the producer is only two films old (his first film The Yug Dekhi Yug Samma didn’t do too well despite its publicity), he seems pretty confident about his new film Chapali Heights. Directed by Dipendra K Khanal, who also directed The Yug Dekhi Yug Samma, as well as Manisha Koirala’s comeback Dharma, the film is based on sexual psychology, a concept never before dealt with in Kollywood. “The success Loot is currently enjoying proves that young Nepali audiences want to watch Nepali films,” says Kumar, who was also a member of the publicity team for Loot. Chapali Heights, which chronicles the tales of three youths, is scheduled for a March 16 release.

The film’s audio, promotional video and official poster were launched at the Osis Café, Basundhara on Monday. The promo also has been uploaded on YouTube. “The promo has received great response so far. People are watching it, and many have shown positive interest,” says Kumar. Chapali Heights has been given an Adult certificate by the Censor Board as ‘intimate scenes’ have been included in its final cut. The film stars debutantes Binita Baral, Amir Gautam, and Raj Ghimire. The film was completed within a period of seven months; all the shooting was done in Chapali. “We are targeting multiplex audiences; but this does not mean that the film won’t appeal to others. The glamour in the film might be a major source of attraction,” he says. He is also quick to add that although the film’s promotional videos and posters might seem a bit ‘vulgar’, audiences won’t feel the same once they’ve watched the film. “We only included such scenes in the film because the script demanded it,” he says.

The film is the second of collaborations between Kumar and Khanal. When asked why he wanted Khanal to direct the film, he says that the latter has the potential to “do something innovative.” The producer also seems quite satisfied with the work of the new actors. Now that Nepal’s young ‘multiplex crowd’ has proven that it will watch a Nepali film  if it is well-made and tastefully

executed, only its release will give the final verdict on whether or not Chapali Heights  has achieved what its producers set out to do.

Published: 25-01-2012 07:48

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