History of Cinema in Nepal

The History of Cinema in Nepal dates back to 2008 (Bikram Era) when the first ever made Nepali Feature Film titled "Satya Harishchandra" was produced from Kolkata, India.

“Aama” (mother) was of course the first Nepali Film produced in Nepal in 2021 B.E. It was produced by the Information Department of Government of Nepal. Shiva Shankar Manandhar (renowned radio singer and music composer) and Bhuvan Thapa (Theatre Artist) made their debut as the lead players in the movie. The film had Hira Singh Khatri as its director and V. Balsara was the music composer.

The end of 2023 B.E. saw another Nepali Film “Maitighar”(Maternal home) produced for the first time under the private banner – Sumonanjali Films Pvt. Ltd. This was a first full pledged feature film in Nepal; Famous Indian Film Artist Mala Singh played a pivotal role in the film. C.P Lohani was her co- star who became latter her life partner in real life. B.S.Thapa directed the film. The veteran music maestro Jaidev scored music for the film, Lata Mangeshkar, Nightingale of India, sang for the first time a Nepali song, which was penned by none other than the late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (M.B.B.S). Other veteran Indian Singer who did lend their voices in the film were Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Manna Dey. Nepali singers like Prem Dhoj Pradhan, Narayan Gopal, C.P. Lohani and Aruna Lama also sang for the film. The film had friendly appearances of veteran Sunil Dutta and comedian Rajendra Nath.

The Information Department of Government of Nepal continued film making for sometime and they were, “Hijo Aaj Bholi” in 2024 B.E. and Parivartan in 2028 B.E. Government of Nepal established the Royal Nepal FIlm Corporation in 2028 B.E. “Man Ko Bandh” was the first film produced by the Corporation Prakesh Thapa was the director of the film Nati Kaji and Shiva Shanker were the music directors. Amber Gurung scored background music. Salyan K.C and Sushma Shahi were the lead players. The film was premiered in 2030 B.E. in kathmandu. “Man Ko Bandh was followed by “Kumari” in 2034, “Sindoor” in 2037 and “Jeevan Rekha” in series. The success of these films opened up avenue for the private parties to enter into filmmaking as industrial endeavor.

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