Print Edition - 2017-09-27 | Life & Style
Kollywood’s latest actor: Myanmar’s ambassador
- Nirphul, a post-quake feature starring Dayahang Rai and Rekha Thapa, set to rope in Myanmar’s ambassador to Nepal
Sep 27, 2017-
Kollywood’s latest star might take you by surprise. Even if the past few years have seen the old guard of actors being phased out and a new crop of talent take up the baton, you would not have thought an ambassador to Nepal would be starring on the silver screen. Now, Phulman Bal’s new movie Nirphul is slated to just that. The latest addition to the film’s already stellar cast?—Myanmar’s ambassador to Nepal, U Lwin Oo.
A press statement released by the production company behind the movie, Selo Production, confirmed that ambassador Oo is set to make a special appearance in the movie and was on set at Nagarkot over the weekend. This, however, isn’t Oo’s first foray into movies. Oo, who is a former pilot, has appeared in a film in his native Myanmar in which he played a pilot.
Along with ambassador Oo, Nirphul boasts a stellar cast of A-listers including Dayahang Rai, Rekha Thapa, Shanti Waiba, Buddhi Tamang and Rajan Khatiwada.
Set in Kathmandu and Dhading’s Ruby Valley, Nirphul will explore the socio-political changes brought on by the 2015 earthquakes through the story of a quake-affected family and their struggle to reconcile differences.
“The idea for the film came about when I read a news story, an especially touching one, on a family displaced by the quakes. I thought fictionalising that story would make a good film, through which we could also explore the socio-political condition of Nepal after the quake,” director Bal said.
Nirpul is Bal’s first feature film and second directorial, after 2012’s short film Cellphone which tells the story of how the advent of mobile phones has influenced the lifestyle of the Tamang community.
“Among many things that Nirphul touches upon, the lax response of government in the aftermath of disasters is also one,” Bal said, “Every work of social realism ultimately points to the systematic shortcoming on part of the state, and Nirphul does that too. But more than that, the film explores the society and rich culture of the Ruby Valley.”
The film will hit theatres in January 2018.
Published: 27-09-2017 09:41