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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Prem Diwas movie review: Unique love story falls prey to directorial incompetence, and bad timing

Perhaps this was not the right time for Prem Diwas to hit the screens. First, this is not Valentine’s month. Second, enraged by the arrest of YouTuber Pranesh Gautam for his ‘review’ of a recent Nepali movie, many social media users have called for a boycott of Nepali movies. Key theatres in Kathmandu wore a deserted look on the first day of Prem Diwas on Friday, and the number of shows has already been reduced by Sunday.

Notwithstanding the bad timing, the movie is an average production. Featuring popular lovebirds Priyanka Karki and Ayushman Deshraj Joshi as lead actors, the movie presents a unique love story.  There are moments in the movie that surprise the audience with unpredictable turns and twists. Though unrealistic, the story looks interesting and enticing. But, sadly, the director fails to translate these strengths into visuals; the movie looks plain and unpolished.

Unique plot

What would you generally expect in a love story? Traditionally, the hero has a strong desire for the heroine; but there are some villains between them. Now, the hero’s job is to remove the hurdles and win his love. But, Prem Diwas goes one step ahead—its hero and heroine are already committed to their relationship; and there are not apparent hurdles. The story rules out any possibility of a triangular tension when it begins.

In most of Nepali love stories, there are two kinds of antagonist forces: social and economic. On the social side, the hero is blocked by either the heroine’s parents or other villains. On the economic side, the difference between the amounts of their property is poised as a problem. Sometimes, the two elements mix up and a rich villain is created to challenge a poor hero. Going beyond such traditional formulae, Prem Diwas explores psychological movements of a young man. The hurdle for our hero is not in the amount of money he has, or the society he lives in, though it is related to both subtly. The roadblock is inside himself in the form of his own fears and ambitions, his own lack of patience and understanding, and his own error of judgment.

Hence, the movie turns out to subtle and deep; it tries to demonstrate the invisible clash inside a man’s psyche. Nonetheless, the source of his conflict is his society’s expectation from an ideal and loving husband—that he should be rich to make his wife happy. However, the movie obscures this sociological connection, rather creates another external, more visible conflict on the surface: A villain is brought in to fight with the hero. This clash covers up major antagonist forces and keeps the audience in illusion. This is an artistic experiment.

Immature making

But, the director has failed to effectively communicate these messages. His work looks immature in many respects. For example, the movie begins with a song, and the the audience later knows that it was the hero’s dream. After a boring chitchat with his confidant, another song follows, during which the hero and the heroine are shown visiting shopping centres, cafes and parks together. The audience can only see the real story beginning only after that. It is too late. The director could have shown the audience the crux of the story—that he wants himself to be rich or leave the girlfriend–by deleting one of these two songs and the hero’s conversation with his confidant.

The use of background score and its timing is another problem. Whereas the theme song continues to be heard in the background for almost half of the screen time, no other background sound has been used to create special effects. Other songs, however, sound melodious.

Likewise, there isn’t any variety in the camerawork. All the scenes are traditionally shot with an average distance between the camera and the objects. The visuals look nice only because they are shot in beautiful tea gardens of Ilam and betelnut farms of Jhapa.

The storytelling is plain. When characters have to tell stories of their past, the director makes them tell them orally, instead of showing the flashback scenes. When the audience hears from the hero about the story of the heroine’s past life, they naturally look for a brief scene; but the one minute oral storytelling disappoints them.


The director’s incompetence is more apparent in the selection of the cast. Bishal Kharel, who plays the third-most significant character in the movie after Karki and Joshi, fails to impress. He maintains eye contact with other characters and the camera well when he speaks, but cannot reflect implied meanings of his words in his tone and facial expressions. His gesture looks artificial throughout the movie. It is more apparent when he is with experienced and skilled actors like Karki and Joshi.

The duo have improved their skills in their movie. Joshi looks quite different from his signature character– his beard is left untrimmed in most scenes of the second half; but it perfectly suits his role as a crazy and frustrated lover. Though Karki still has some space to improve her dialogue delivery, she expresses every different emotion in her face as the role demands.

Shree Krishna Luitel impresses the audience in his role as the hero’s confidant. Shiva Shankar Rijal and Uttam KC have added humours to the movie.


Prem Diwas is not something that you cannot miss. But still, if you have time, money and interest, the movie is worth watching.

Prem Diwas

Genre: Love story, tragedy

Runtime: 115 minutes

Screenwriter: Pradeep Bharadwaj

Director: Yogesh Ghimire

Cast: Priyanka Karki, Ayushman Deshraj Joshi, Bishal Kharel, Hemanta Budhathoki, Shiva Shankar Rijal, Uttam K.C., Sanjay Neupane, Shree Krishna Luitel



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Thursday, June 13, 2019

From the Kathmandu Press: Friday, June 14, 2019

The dengue outbreak in Dharan and surrounding areas has claimed more lives and stories related to the outbreak has featured in a some papers. The Department of Transport Management’s decision to hike public transport fares, and the subsequent withdrawal of the decision, has also been featured in a few newspapers.

Here is a summary of major front pages stories :


Dengue outbreak spreading to Biratnagar and Damak

Naya Patrika reports that dengue outbreak in Dharan has spread to areas in Biratnagar and Damak. In the past three days, Morang has seen seven and Jhapa seen eight cases. Dr Samir Adhikari, chief of Communicable Disease Control Division and a member of the monitoring team, attributed the outbreak to openly-stored drinking water. He said that as the mosquito that spreads dengue lives in clean water and people suffering from water shortages in the area are keeping drinking water without covering it, hence the mosquito has thrived and spread the outbreak.

Bus fare hike canceled upon instructions from deputy PM

Karobar, Kantipur and Nepal Samacharpatra report that the Department of Transport Management, which had hiked bus fares on Thursday, immediately withdrew the decision after receiving instructions from Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel. DoTM chief Kumar Dahal has said the department has sent the bus fares for revision. DoTM had decided to increase fares of busses running in the Kathmandu valley by 12 per cent and those running outside the valley by 20 per cent.


Liaison officers pocketed money from government without reaching base camp

Republica reports that at least 15 Everest liaison officers deployed for this year’s spring climbing season pocketed their allowances without even reaching base camp, the Department of Tourism has disclosed.

The department said on Thursday that of the total 37 liaison officers deployed by the government for Everest expeditions only 22 reached Everest Base Camp. The remaining liaison officers, according to the department, didn’t carry out their given assignments although they pocketed the trekking and daily allowances.

Ambassador recommendations draw criticism

Annapurna Post reports that government decision to recommend Mahesh Raj Dahal as the new ambassador to Australia has come under scrutiny as Dahal’s wife is a permanent resident of the United States of America.

Cases filed against 28 officials of Land and Revenue Office Banke

Rajdhani reports that the CIAA has filed cases against 28 officials at the Land and Revenue Office in Banke. The CIAA filed a case at a special court accusing the officials of transferring government land to private ownership. The officials have been accused of tampering with government records while transferring the land to a private individual.


Green light given to NA to import arms

The Kathmandu Post reports that Nepal government has cleared legal hurdles to import lethal rifles from the US government which has been pending for over a year following the differences over payment modality. The plan to buy over 6,000 rifles had been delayed after the supplier demanded the entire payment in a single sum, contradicting the procurement law in the country which only allowed payments only in three tranches.

The Nepal Army has long been planning to acquire M4, M-16, and A4 rifles to equip its squads deployed as blue helmets in war-torn countries. Despite the clearance from the Ministry of Defence to procure the arms from the US Army, it had not materialised since the Nepali side couldn’t pay the entire amount before the rifles were supplied.

Guthi bill protest continues

The Himalayan Times reports that unconvinced by the assurance of the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation that protesters’ views on Guthi Bill will be taken positively, residents of Kathmandu valley protested against the bill at Patan Durbar Square on Thursday.

Protesters demanded that the government withdraw the bill from the Parliament.

Chairperson of National Identity Protection Joint Struggle Committee Ganapati Lal Shrestha said that if the government did not withdraw the bill, residents of Kathmandu valley would continue their protest.

Nat Geo installs world highest weather station

Republica reports that National Geographic Society on Thursday announced that it successfully installed the world’s two highest operating weather stations on Mount Everest aimed at breaking new ground in monitoring and understanding of climate change.

The multidisciplinary team installed the two highest weather stations in the world (at 8,430 meters and 7,945 meters), collected the highest-ever ice core sample (at 8,020 meters), conducted comprehensive biodiversity surveys at multiple elevations, completed the highest-elevation helicopter-based lidar scan, expanded the elevation records for high-dwelling species and documented the history of the mountain’s glaciers.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

NHRC calls govt to resolve Guthi Bill dispute through talks

Kathmandu, June 13

The National Human Rights Commission has urged the government to resolve the recent dispute between it and local heritage activists over the controversial Guthi Bill recently registered in Parliament through talks.

Expressing its concerns over protests launched by various groups and police efforts to contain them, the constitutional human rights watchdog  also told the government to respect people’s right to peaceful assembly and demonstration.

The government should ensure treatment of the protestors injured in the demonstration and bring those using force to book, according to the Commission.

A few demonstrators were injured when police baton charged them and used water cannons in the protests a few days ago.

The constitutional body reminded the government of people’s cultural rights were an integral part of their human rights.

The Commission has also requested the public to maintain restraints in the demonstration.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Wild mushroom kills two in Palpa

Palpa, June 9

Two children died after reportedly consuming wild mushroom in Nisdi of Palpa district of western Nepal.

Nirmala Singh Thakuri (9) and his four-year-old sister Bishnu of Sarkidanda, Jhirubas in Nisdi Rural Municipality-3 of the district.

Chief of the District Police Office, SSP Bishwa Mani Pokharel, says other eight persons have fallen sick due to the consumption.

They have been sent to Madhya Bindu Hospital of Nawalpur for further treatment. Some of them are said to be critical.

The two children had breathed their last at Purano Medical College in Chitwan.

Those taken ill are members of four families in the neighbourhood. The families had served the dish in the dinner on Friday.

After suffering various symptoms like vomiting, they were admitted to the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

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