Suspense that keeps audience on edge
Director: Apil Bista
Cast: Dayahang Rai, Rishma Gurung, Manoj RC, Bholaraj Sapkota, Bijay Baral, Pramod Agrahari, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Malina Joshi et cetera
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When it comes to suspense, then Nepali movies are probably not the best option. However, Jhumkee has been able to break the norm with apt presentation of the mysterious plot. Despite some technical errors in a few scenes, the movie keeps the audience on a cliff-hanger for 115 minutes.
Set in Dang, it narrates a story of people from the Tharu community living in the region. Based on a mysterious plot, Jhumkee is able to strike a balance between the themes of love and suspense without loosening its grip.
A police officer Gokul Bhatta (Manoj RC) has been facing punishment for a ‘crime’ he has committed.
This is why he comes to meet Superintendent of Police (SP) (Rabindra Singh Baniya) to get help. Devaki (Rishma Gurung), a Tharu girl, has migrated to Kathmandu to become a domestic servant in the SP’s home.
But he is murdered. Is there any connection between the duo in the murder?
Weaving the story in solving this murder, film’s suspense unravels as it moves ahead. An investigation of the murder by a team led by Dayahang Rai makes the audience laugh with the witty dialogues.
Though the puns used in the movie make one feel a little awkward, the punchlines make the audience laugh out loud.
The twists and turns in the plot make the audience feel “ouch” and also make them awestruck as the mysteries start unfolding.
The mysteries unfold one after the other in the form of flashbacks which has justified the movie. The plot is slow paced but power packed to raise the heartbeats of the audience.
The film urges the audience to guess what happens next. The achievement of script writer Ram Babu Gurung lies here — the plot does not move ahead as per the expectations of audience.
Bijay Baral and Bholaraj Sapkota make the audience laugh with their fun-filled roles and dialogues. Rishma, who doesn’t speak much in the movie, has been able to do justice to her role where she is able to fit in the shoes of a Tharu village girl with her style, attitude, acting and the Tharu accent.
Though you expect a lot more from Rai, there is nothing much remarkable about him. The audience feels sympathy for RC. Baniya is brilliant in his short role. You will forget his Hanuman ji role in Pashupati Prasad. Pramod Agrahari is good in his role but he must maintain his eye expressions — they look drowsy.
Despite holding the suspense and taking care of the minute details, there are a few technical errors.
The camera has been moved with such a rush during the last chasing scenes that one has to look away from the screen to get rid of eye ache.