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Caught between a super-star and normal-being; impressive plot to spell

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While writing this review, I am aware that I don’t give any spoilers or tell the story, so it might read a little unconventional. Before deciphering, let me clear the thing out to the ones who were busy chastising that the movie might have got inspired from the Hollywood-hit Joker, here is the answer—nowhere even near.

The movie starts with a unique note to keep the audience guessing which reads, “Fictionalized True Story;” with this, the movie can resemble any artiste portrayed by Bipin Karki with the screen name Gopal Dahal aka Chankhe Selfie King. Actually, the movie portrays incident of three days of this screen-entertainer, who has earned name and fame, and kept self-busy in the Tinseltown. The conflict is, he does not know that his popularity has already reached to a peak, and now is in the verge of decline, which he is unaware of. Nevertheless, he believes to be a star, and acts appropriately with fans.

This fictionalized true story can resemble lifestyle of that particular group of artiste in the country, who has definitely earned a lot of fan-followings, but has not been able to maintain their stardom, with the money they are making, even working round-the-clock, jeopardizing family and social life. They even don’t realize that it is the optimum height they can reach, from where, either they have to maintain, or fall as the competition has gone cutthroat with newbies with better talents are barging the way to get in. When Selfie King was performing in Lamjung, and another artiste whom he gave the break, was performing in London—this proves all about his declining career, which he was unaware of.

Basically this is a story of a celebrity— without mask and behind mask, and how society treats him differently when in different colours. Even in the most tragic times of his life, the society wants him to perform to make them laugh, and even when he cries, people interchange it as a part of a show—bursting in laughter— a paradox of hollow celeb life.

The movie shows the back-stage life of a celebrity who has worked his heart out to be in that position. His deteriorating family life, extra-marital affairs, financial hardships, and how he gets ditched with his falling career are the main elements. He cannot help, not to be a dipsomaniac, as per the nature of his job, but at the same time, he is concerned that his family and fans do not know about it. In the movie, in many incidents this particular state-of-mind is picturized perfectly.

The movie looks professional in terms of making, and for story telling, improvisation is not done, keeping it simple with the life-events moving in order. The progression is slow through out the movie; as per the nature of the plot, and for the people who thought it to be falling under comedy genre, actually, it is nowhere even near—as it portrays all elements to put itself in social drama with tragic side on high. The directorial venture is good in all aspects, as all the characters look realistic. As the movie is journey-based, so whatever characters, the protagonist comes through have some relevance in the plot, metaphorically and/or realistically.

Looks like the team has done enough workshop before going in for the shoot, because one shot even goes uninterrupted for almost 8 minutes with heavy dialogues and with melodrama of four characters, still it is showcased to look natural. Instantly, it is followed by another perfect long shot, a confidence that the venture showed on the team. There isn’t much experiment done with the background score, anyways it sounds natural.

As far as the songs are concerned, Keki Adhikari’s stage number proves to be pacifier to the audiences when the melodrama has reached to the boiling point. The tragic number, which follows soon after, happens to be the crux, as it portrays so many hidden feelings.

 

When one feels that the movie would have been over some 30 minutes before the actual close, actually, they must have missed the trick, as the movie goes through many twist and turns until the credits lit up, leaving ample room to guess what would happen at the end.

The cinematography is great; the only room left to show the skills was on the travel from Kathmandu to Salleri-Solukhumbu, which is cashed in well. The drone shots are well affected to glorify the roads and scenery to awestruck viewers’ mind. What is done more beautifully is, how they mingled the shots to the mood. When the mood of the character happens to be gloomy, they got the perfect shot even from high range.

The use of patriarchy, and beliefs in Hinduism are well connected in the story. How a son is more important than others, when it comes to doing the final ritual of parents, and how Panchang—a belief that if someone dies during that time, the dead should be cremated in stipulated time, or it may kill five members of the family is well justified to add twist in the concluding plot.

In some aspects the movie has lacked. In an incident when it is said that the vehicle is jam-packed when Selfie King demands for the front seat, but the visualization shows different. One of the front seats is empty, and even one seat is left vacant in the middle aisle. May be the director wanted those extra space to root camera for the moving shots. The last scene can be talked about because the character is shown to be carrying something that has a strong symbolic meaning in the plot, but analyzing it from the ‘crunch of time perspective,’ is it relevant? May be the director wanted to add an extra doze of emotion.

Don’t know whether the censor board has loosened its screws, as none of the obscene words are censored—I remember them to be at least five times.

After a long drought in Nepali Cinema, not only production team can heave a sigh of relief but also avid-cinema lovers. The initial days might not be the heydays but—with word-of-mouth spreading, it should pick up the pace.

The verdict is, do watch it, as the movie should not disappoint you. Anyway, don’t expect any slapstick comedy but be ready to be touched to your emotional senses.

Rating: 4/5

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Ekainashey Jeewan – I Painted It White

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I painted It White is less-known-but-highly-talented band from Nepal, whose vocalist is Prabal Shrestha. The band likes to call itself a “Gospel band,” maybe why they are not that well known in mainstream.

This song, Ekainashey Jeewan, isn’t available in YouTube for unknown reason and available only in Soundcloud, so we brought it here for your ease.

Give a listen. It’s beautiful.

Composition/Vocals: Prabal Shrestha
Guitars/Back Vocals: Steven Tamang
Recording/Mixing/Mastering: Binaya Man Amatya

एकैनासे जीवन – I Painted It White

एकैनासे जीवन कसैको हुदैन
जान्दछौ तिमी मित्र
एकदिन फूल ऒइल्याउछ
जमीनमा छरिन्छ
नया पालुवा त्यहीबाट उम्रन्छ

येस्तैनै छ जीवनको प्रक्रिया
यहाँ खुशी त छदैछ
कहिले रोधन त कैले परीक्षा
छैन एकैनासे जीवन

नकोट्याउ तिम्रो गहिरो बिगतलाई
घाउ सुक्नलाई समय देउ
अनि एकदिन निको हुन्छ
अनि याद भै बिलिन हुन्छ

छैन एकैनासे जीवन

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Topi – Saas

We went to the same school but never met. Years later, I was lucky to meet her in person. We talked for a bit about family, life, her daughter…She needed oxygen tanks to support her breathing then, she was waiting for a double lung transplant. She found a match thanks to a listed organ donor. She was able to spend more time with her loved ones, help others and raise awareness about organ donation. This is her story.

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Topi is back after a long hibernation with this new composition, “Saas.”

What the song is about? In the singer’s own words:

We went to the same school but never met. Years later, I was lucky to meet her in person. We talked for a bit about family, life, her daughter…She needed oxygen tanks to support her breathing then, she was waiting for a double lung transplant. She found a match thanks to a listed organ donor. She was able to spend more time with her loved ones, help others and raise awareness about organ donation. This is her story.

What a beautiful gesture and the melody.

A soul soothing treat to music lovers.

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Ocean – Anuv Jain

Ocean is a song by Indian singer-songwriter Anuv Jain. The song is the second studio single of the singer after “Baarishein”.

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About the song “Ocean”

Ocean is a song by Indian singer-songwriter Anuv Jain. The song is the second studio single of the singer after “Baarishein”. “Ocean” was written and composed by Anuv Jain.

About singer

Anuv Jain is an Indian indie folk/soft/pop rock singer-songwriter from Ludhiana, India. In 2011, at the age of 16 he uploaded his first song “Meri Batoon Main Tu” on video sharing site YouTube. After uploading three songs on YouTube, in 2016, he released his first studio recorded single which was one of his old song “Baarishein“, which has 6+ million views on YouTube as of now. In 2018, Jain released his second studio recorded single “Ocean”.

Lyrics

Your life is the ocean
And your heart is a wave
Like a dog in the sun
I found my peace in your storm As I sail for days
I keep drowning away
Would my sailors forgive me
For feeling this way You said, “Hey Mister!
Do follow through
Let’s go and build a house
Big enough to fit us two We’ll weave a castle there
The castle of our dreams
My knight in dining armour
And I your blanket queen” Girl, you’re just like that pretty house
With wooden beams, you’re facing south
You are my shelter, you are my little home
Your walls are painted pink and green With a hint of tangerine, I see
A crack in the window
I’m waking up to hold you
Your blemishes, all your tragedies are mine ‘Cause your life is the ocean
And your heart is a wave
Like a dog in the sun
I found my peace in your storm As I sail for days
I keep drowning away
Would my sailors forgive me
For feeling this way As days turn into years
Got more than I deserve
There’s so much left to learn
As I flip through pages As sweet as crème brûlée
These memories we’ve made
Now let me take your hand
And offer a lifetime ‘Cause darling all these years have gone
Just as the tree we sat upon
So afraid to fall, the way we laughed
We made it through My sailors they have come ’round
Their ballads bring a different sound
I guess they all have drowned in love with you
The way I have too ‘Cause your life is the ocean
And your heart the biggest wave
Like a dog in the sun
I found my peace in your storm As I sail for days
I keep on drowning
Drowning away
Would the gods forgive me
For feeling this way

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