Kagbeni to provide new viewing experience


For all the Nepali moviegoers, January 11 will be a special day. After much wait, expectation and anticipation, Kagbeni will finally have a formal release, which will be simultaneously in major cities across Nepal, a number of Indian cities and in New York.

The first-of-its-kind Nepali movie in digital format, directed by Bhusan Dahal, did make the eager audience wait for a long time, basically to make the celluloid theatres compatible to digital technology. Now that everything is almost over, the audience can look forward to experience better sound and picture quality while watching Kagbeni than in the former Nepali movies, apart from the different treatment of story.

Kagbeni will be simultaneously released in nine different cities across Nepal, namely Birtamod, Biratnagar, Birganj, Narayanghat, Butwal, Bhairawa, Nepalgunj, Pokhara and Kathmandu. It will also be released in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri, Dehradun, Shimla, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai (initially limited). It is for the first time in the history of Nepali cinema that a Nepali movie is being released in so many cities on the same day.

The movie will be released in the UK and US cities gradually.

“We’ve worked very hard and have paved the way for others to make and screen digital movies. If there is enough support from the audience, a new era in the Nepali filmmaking is coming. Giving such a release in different cities will itself be historical for the Nepali film industry,” shared Nakim Uddin, one of the producers of Kagbeni.

Uddin added that the digital project research started two years back and the shooting of the

film and turning the theatre digital-compatible took around a year.

The movie is basically targeting the English and Hindi movie viewers. “If we also get to watch quality Nepali movies that are even technically superior, except on the economy, we will

be also be helping our national language acquire more strength,” commented Uddin.

The anticipation around the release of Kagbeni is much more than just

about the movie as it is also being seen as a potential start of a new era in Nepali filmmaking.