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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Anmol Tshan: redefining family values



Nepali film making in Sikkim is growing and to add to its growing list comes “Anmol Tshan” with a tag line ‘a Christmas in September”. Produced by Kishore Dungmali Rai under Sinai Enterprises, whose earlier Nepali film “Angalo Yo Maya Ko” starring Prashant Tamang, Indian Idol winner was a major success.
Anmol Tshan, comes with a technically maturity and could be counted among the films that could change the perspective scenario of film-making in Sikkim. Despite newcomers, the film makes sincere attempts to highlight the approach of a living relationship and its bitter consequence that is more of a common trend in major towns and cities. The film Anmol Tshan (Precious Moment) makes us believe that responsibility comes past better understanding that we do not bother to look upon. Running away from crisis isn’t the solution, one need to be courageous enough to face it off. The film is more about family values and being together that makes a life beautiful and memorable.
The story of the film revolves around Anmol (Shalom Kabo) and Anna (Sneha Rai). Anmol had left his village life at Dharap, Sikkim for the charm of a city-life in Kolkata. His father sell’s ancestor land to fulfill his son’s impatience to go to Kolkata. Sometime afterward, Anmol meets Anna, a college going student at an inn and they gets attracted towards each other. They decide to live together at Anmol’s dwelling. Their life takes unsightly turn over when Anmol finds that Anna is expecting a child. Anmol convinces Anna to abort the child, but Anna wants to give birth that leaves no alternative for Anmol other than to marry Anna. Addi, their son is born; Anmol blames Anna for every possible setback. He enjoys company of his friend Sunny (Sunny Lepcha) more than his family. Anmol and Anna finally decide to close down their relationship and apply for divorce.
Destiny had an unknown fear awaiting them, their son Addi is found to be suffering from HIV. The world of Anmol and Anna is shaken; Anmol blames Anna for their child’s illness. Dr. Bhutia (Kishore Dungmali Rai) undergoing Addi’s treatment unfolds the truth that Anmol’s blood sample contained HIV and had been transmitted to Anna and later on to their child. Thereafter Anmol realizes it was he who was killing his family; he makes up his mind that he will make every instant of his family’s life a precious moment to live on. He returns back to Dharap to meet his parent. To fulfill Addi’s wishes they even celebrate ‘Christmas in September’. Addi’s death brings Anmol and Anna closer and they try to overlook failures in life and settles for precious moments till they remain together.
Anmol Tshan succeeds in enthralling the imagination of the audience. Some of the scenes are beautifully performed, especially the one in which Anmol gets to know that his son is suffering from HIV. The reaction of Anmol shown on screen is one of the best scenes in Nepali cinema. The emotional scenes between Anmol and Anna bring tears.  
Shalom Kabo and Sneha Rai have carried the entire films on their shoulder and in spite of their maiden films they have not left the requirement of seasoned actors. Anurup Rai, the child artiste had played his part very beautifully and reminds of young Jugal Hansraj from Hindi film “Massom”. Sunny Lepcha, playing the role of Anmol’s friend Sunny and Gyan Gurung, playing Anmol’s father needs special mention and they were outstanding in their characters. Timothy Rai and Kishore Dungmali Rai in the cameo were too worth mentioning.
Anmol Gurung’s direction and his screenplay is the biggest star of the film. The emotional scenes, the tussles between the husband and wife are part of present day scenario and it had been well brought about on screen. The music too adds pleasure to the movie. The film like Anmol Tshan is a welcome gesture and it shows our filmmakers are growing towards better ventures. For every precious moment, there are possibilities that happiness passes on and we should live for today and eventually our tomorrow will be better.
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When i started my blog on Sikkim way back in 2007, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. with regards Shital Pradhan (himalayanreview@gmail.com)

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