The history of Nepali cinema dates back to 50 years. Since the first Nepali movie ‘Aama’, Nepali cinema has come a long way, but except for a handful of movies, the industry has always been in faring well in terms of business. It has only been a few years that a select few Nepali films have been screened abroad.
Nonetheless, a lot of effort goes into making any movie. Besides the people who are seen on screen, a movie is a journey of many people behind the scene as well – those people whom we don’t get to see as the audience. From the spot boys on sets to the make-up artists, everybody do their bit and their combined effort is what finally readies a movie.
Being a movie enthusiast, I always wanted to document the process of making of a movie. I finally got an access to the making of the movie ‘Mukhauta.’ This particular movie has senior actors Sunil Thapa and Rajesh Hamal along with the recent heartthrobs Dayahang Rai and Saugat Malla, and having watched their movies, it was a wonderful treat for me to see them at work.
In this movie, there were more than 40 people working behind the scene. From designing the set and taking care of lights to cooking for the team and taking care of all the minute details on location, these people do it all. Sometimes hours of preparation for a shot result in a minute-long segment. But people work relentlessly for that. It took 35 days to shoot the film and a total of 14 months from pre-production to ready ‘Mukhauta’. And during this time many people worked continuously for days with very little sleep. It’s the same case with most of the movies that are made.
Actress Nisha Adhikari, who has been in the industry for five years, feels positively about the Nepali film industry. She believes Nepali filmmakers today can make movies as good as foreign films provided they have the resources to do so. Veteran actor Sunil Thapa who is currently involved in some big banner Bollywood movies says, each and every person working for movies has to be a thorough professional. He feels lack of professionalism has hindered the progress of Nepali cinema.
Around 120 movies were made last year in Nepal but only a handful did good business. Writer, actor, and director Arpan Thapa believes that though box office doesn’t necessarily determine the quality of a movie, every person working in the industry wants their hard work to be appreciated. Nepali movies still have a long way to go to achieve international standards but the hard work and dedication of the people involved in the industry is a sure sign that we are definitely heading in the right direction.