Monday, August 17, 2009

Which is the first Nepali cinema: Satya Harischandra or Harischandra…. ?

These days I am doing a case study of Royal Nepal Film Corporation. That means I am engrossed in cinema and cinema peoples. Going through writings of different people I came to a dilemma. They are not unanimous on the name of first film. Chetan Karki thinks it is Harischandra.

We are taught that the first Nepali film’s name is Satya Harischandra. And D.B.Pariyar is the director. Some still think this film to be a dubbed form of hindi cinema. But Yadav Kharel informed me that the film is Satya Raja Harischandra and it is fully in Nepali. Actually he had seen it. Chetan has not seen it.

But in an interview of D.B.Pariyar published in Kamana magazine, he has not denied when the interview name the film as Satya Harischandra. Pariyar is no more now. According to Kamana magazine, there were only two prints of the film. Fire engulfed one print in Culcutta and Royal Nepal Film Corporation had another one. Both Chetan Kartki and Yadav Kharel knew the palace asked the print and never returned it. Nobody knows where that print is languishing.

Now only way to discern the name is to search the name in Gorkhapatra. And I will definitely do it and let you the real name of the cinema.

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