Akash Adhikari is an acclaimed Nepali film-maker with over 15 popular
Nepali movies to his credit. He is the writer-director and lead actor
of the eagerly anticipated Nepali movie Kathmandu (2011) with an
international cast. Akash talks to Washington Bangla Radio's Arijit
Chakraborty in an exclusive, comprehensive and intimate interview about
his career and his films. Do not miss the special preview of his next
film Suryoday (Sunrise) that Akash talks about in detail exclusively on WBRi.
- with a tag-line of "Anything can happen in this city" - is a
contemporary story of the relationship between youngsters and their
parents. In some ways, Kathmandu is a universal film about teenagers and
the responsibilities of parents in both being protective and
inspirational towards developing independence and self-confidence in
their teenage children. It may be seen as a film about universal generation gap issues.
Kathmandu is shot in San Fransisco, USA and of course, Nepal using the Red Cinema 4K Camera
for the first time in Nepali cinema, and features an international cast
and crew. Kathmandu is written and directed by Akash Adhikari and
produced by Akash Adhikari and his brother Ben-Nabin Adhikari who lives
in New York. The internationmal star cast includes Akash Adhikari, Resh
Marhatta, Gauri Malla, Samyukta Rana, Arjun Shrestha, Ben-Nabin
Adhikari, Suresh Adhikari, Sangita Chhetri, Sunil Dutt, Subhatra
Adhikari and more. The movie introduces newcomer Prapti Ghimire to
Nepalese cinema. Ani Choying Dolma and Indian Bollywood singer-actor
Sukhwinder Singh make guest appearances in the film.
A scene from Kathmandu (2011, Nepali)
The Nepali film songs have been performed by Indian Bollywood playback
singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Aakriti Kankard, Kailash Kher, Sunidhi
Chauhan, Adhitya Narayan and Sanjivini. Rahul Pradhan has composed and
directed music in Kathmandu and Dirgha Gurung has taken care of
Akash Adhikari also talks in depth about his next film Suryoday (Sunrise). That film is about a complex relationship of a woman and multiple husbands. The Nyinba people of Nepal live high in the Himalayan mountains and practice fraternal polyandry - when a woman marries a man, in
Nyinban culture, she marries all of her husband's brothers as well.
Beneficial aspects of such a custom include preservation of inherited
wealth and property without too much fragmenting, while obviously the
relationship between the woman and her husbands is fascinating.