10 Nepali movies you should watch during lockdown

Published On: March 26, 2020 02:50 PM NPT By: Kamal Subedi  | @Inspiredkamal

As the country enters the third day of complete lockdown, we have compiled a good list of top ten movies you should watch. The list is a combination of new and old movies. Happy watching!

1. Talakjung vs Tulke  (2014)

This is a drama movie directed by Nischal Basnet. Tulke is a day-laborer in a Nepali mountain village. He struggles to reclaim his lost aristocratic identity as a violent revolution is disrupting every aspect of village life. It was selected as the Nepali entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards 

Director: Nishchal Basnet  Writer: Khagendra Lamichhane

Cast: Khagendra Lamichhane, Reecha Sharma, Shushank Mainali, Dayahang Rai, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Buddhi Tamang, Prakash Ghimire

2. Balidan (1997)

Balidan is one of the successful movies of all time. The movie is based on the people’s movement for democracy, and its lively presentation justified its success. The story of democracy fighters made it different from most of the other Nepali movies.

Director: Tulsi Ghimire

Writer: Modnath Prasit

Cast: Nir Shah, Hari Bansha Acharya, Anjana Shrestha, Madan Krishna Shrestha, Shanti Maskey, Keshav Bhattarai

3. Pashupati Prasad (2016)

The film features the struggle of a poor guy who lost his parents in the earthquake. He comes to Kathmandu to earn his living and pay off the debt owned by his late father. It was also nominated for the Nepali entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. 

Director: Deependra K Khanal

Writer: Khagendra Lamichhane

Cast: Khagendra Lamichhane, Bipin Karki, Barsha Shivakoti, Prakash Ghimire, Rabindra Singh Baniya

4. Loot (2012)

It is a Nepali crime thriller written and directed by Nischal Basnet. A group of young men plot to rob a bank in Kathmandu. This film was credited for introducing a new pattern of storytelling and breaking the convention-style of movie-making. Natural acting, powerful story with suspense and thriller makes this movie a great success. A sequel was released in 2017.

Director/ Writer: Nishcal Basnet

Starring: Saugat Malla, Dayahang Rai, Karma Shakya, Reecha Sharma,

5. Jhola (2013)

Jhola is a film based on a story by Krishna Dharabasi. It is about sati pratha that was prevalent in Nepal until the 1920s in which a wife had to immolate herself upon her husband's death, typically on his funeral pyre. This film also takes one back to the time and exposes our social ill. 

Director: Yadav Kumar Bhattarai Story: Krishna Dharabasi

Starring: Garima Panta, Deepak Chhetri, Sujal Nepal, Laxmi Giri 

6. Kabaddi (2014)

This social movie became successful in setting alternative trends in the Nepali cinema industry. As suggested by the title, it features a game played between a local tough guy, Kaazi, and an outsider, Bibek, to win over a girl: Maiyaa. 

Director/ Writer: Ram Babu Gurung

Starring: Dayahang Rai, Nischal Basnet, Rishma Gurung

7. Jatra

It is a mixture of action, comedy and drama. Primarily shot in the gallis of Thamel, Jatra tells the story of three people who have lots of problems as they do not have money. The story revolves around Rs 30 million robbed from a bank. The one who found the money believes in hard work and follows moral principles. The movie revolves around various ideas they implement to protect the money from bank robbers with a dream of a better future. A sequel was released in 2019.

Director/ Writer: Pradeep Bhattarai

Starring: Bipin Karki, Barsha Raut, Rabindra Jha, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Prakash Ghimire 

8. Kusume Rumal (1985)

One of the most successful movies in Kollywood is a love story of two college friends: Amar (Udit Narayan) and Suniti (Tripti Nadakar). It also features Arjun (Bhuwan K.C.) as lover of Suniti. The film depicts the disparity between rich and poor people. The Indian comedian Hum Jayega has a short appearance. It was the highest grossing movie of the time.

Director: Tulsi Ghimire

Cast: Bhuwan KC, Udit Narayan Jha, Nir Shah, Tripti Nadakar

9. Dui Rupaiya (2017)

It is a comedy movie. Dui Rupaiya is all about two friends searching for a two-rupee note which they lost on their way. Two best friends who lost the transaction slip ( Rs 2 note ) are struggling to find the note. The film entails their quest to find that Rs 2 and save their necks, all the while saving themselves from local thugs, police, and their boss as well.

Director: Asim Shah

Starring: Nischal Basnet, Asif Shah, Rabindra Jha, Buddhi Tamang, Menuka Pradhan

10. Deuta (1991)

Deuta was written and directed by Tulsi Ghimire and released in 1991. Many consider the performance by megastar Rajesh Hamal in this film as his career best. Srijana (Srijana Basnet), an amateur painter, hesitates to marry the only son of her father’s business partner. Instead, she wants to learn painting and wants to visit her paternal aunt in a remote village, where she meets Sonam (Shrawan Ghimire) and Shankar (Rajesh Hamal). A triangular love among three begins and flows through the course of the movie.

Director/ Writer: Tulsi Ghimire

Cast: Rajesh Hamal, Shrawan Ghimire, Srijana Basnet


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