Wednesday, March 27, 2013

बाटो मेरो जाम छ

photo by Bikram Singh (during Mokshya Shooting)

य़ता पनि काम छ 
उता पनि काम छ 
जानु पर्ने धेरै ठाम् छन् 
बाटो मेरो जाम छ । 

 उमेरले सियो बोकी 
घोच्न थालिसक्यो 
बाध्यताले हरेस चरेस 
कोच्न थालिसक्यो 
सबेर जागुँ आँखा मेरा 
खुल्न खोज्ने हैनन् 
दिउँसो हिँडु, आकाशमा 
डल्लै चर्को घाम छ 

 मैले गर्ने काममा खै 
 के छ, 
अरुको मा दाम छ 
जानु पर्ने धेरै ठाम् छन् 
बाटो मेरो जाम छ ।। 
:-D :-D :-D

(March 26, 2013.KTM)

Friday, March 22, 2013

My take on Prashant Rasaily’s ‘Kathaa’

We met for totally different purpose. And, I concluded the meeting by asking him to recommend me his best film from his country. His grinning was obvious because it was, for him, something unexpected that came out of my mouth. In the piece of paper I had placed before him, he wrote- ‘Man Bites Dog.’ For me this film was really groundbreaking yet SO SIMPLE  in its making. Kathaa is such one Nepali Language Film.
Of course there was an anticipation, but more than it, there was an actual need of a Nepali Language Film which would really be simple, cinematic, honest and most importantly beautiful. Kathaa has this everything finally. I’ve seen very few of Nepali films which I’ve appreciated for their attempt to goodness, but I had never loved them from the heart. This time I did.

In Nepali films’ context, Kathaa is a real offbeat. It has disregarded the usage of texts. Dialogue, which has always been used as one of fundamental weapons to move ahead the narrative, has been minimized. The film makes it clear that filmmaking profession, besides textual power, is also one’s strong intuition for human emotions, color and sound.  

It’s an experimental film and the director and the photographer must be applauded for making minimal use of artificial lights. Minimal use of lights gives a feel of lives the film is trying to depict. Photography is like a beautiful canvas. Filmmakers have taken risk, and now here they are, with something original. I didn't have any problem with the background score. It well synced with the visual. For me, Kathaa is a rich example to aspiring filmmakers.

Despite the foggy ambience of the film, uses of colors stand out as strong aesthetics of the film. Local livelihood has come out original. Use of local characters has localized the story. Saugat Malla is again exceptional. Usha Rajak surprised me because I had seen her only in Kusume Rumal-II and I didn’t dare to watch Eku. And, Timothy Rai is a real find. 

The storyline is very simple. Simplicity is amazingly beautiful most of the times. The story is really visual and all class of audiences can comprehend the beauty of this film. This film time and again reminded me of Devkota’s famous Muna Madan. The main plot coincided- please don’t think I’m accusing... it’s just that it reminded me of that famed tragic tale. This Sikkimish versioned Kumari- Kaancha did work best for me. The ending was bit lengthy. The last feel_good_scene where both principal protagonists share verbal words didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel good this time. ;-)

Our fascination and thirst for Iranian genre cinemas will somehow be quenched by this experimental work. Director and the mastermind Prashant Rashaily deserves a huge applaud for this notable creation. 

Photo Source: Kathaa FaceBook Page

March 22, 2013.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

कहाँ थियौ भुन्टी

वर्षातहरूले सधैँ रुझाएर गए
पाइला पाइलामा चिप्लिएँ एक्लै
चिसो भुइँमा लमतन्न परी हिलोसरी भएँ
त्यहीँमाथी आकाशले गर्ज्यो
चट्याँङले हान्यो
झरीले पिट्यो
ए मेरी भुन्टी,
कहाँ गाकी थियौ तिमी छाता लिएर,
म लड्दा थामिदिने हातहरू लुकाएर !

म त खरानी घस्नै लागेको थिएँ
बमबम बोले बक्दै कमन्डलुको शिरानी भिर्नै लागेको थिएँ 
जङगल र पाटीपौवाको बाटो भौतारिनै लागेको थिएँ
रङ्गीचङ्गी पहिरन फुकाल्दै थिएँ
पहेँलो वस्त्र भिर्दै थिएँ
एक्कासी रोक्न आयौ मलाई धेरै धेरै आश दिएर
धन्न टप्कियौ टायममै आकाशभन्दा वेशी माया लिएर,

ए भुन्टी,
किन आइनौ पहिल्यै मेरो लागी माया लिएर !

ठीकै छ,
ढिलाचाँडो आउन त आयौ,
यो सालको झरी आउनै लाग्यो,
एक्लै रुझ्ने छुइँन यो पाली,
लड्न लाग्ने तिम्रो हात समाउँछु,
ओढाउँछ्यौ हैन छाता हरेक साल !
बाँचुञ्ज्याल !!

मार्च ७, २०१३