Showing posts with label sikkim film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sikkim film. Show all posts

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Rani Mukerjee song from Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat shot at Singtam

I had heard from old folks that a portion of a film 'Jewel Thief' was shot at Singtam on the road stretch opposite Thakurbari Mandir where Dev Anand was running at the road chased by Police but sadly that shot never made to the silver screen. Two major hindi films was shot in Sikkim - 'Romeo in Sikkim' and 'Road to Sikkim' but i have no knowledge whether the film had any scene at Singtam.
Then in the mid 90s comes a hindi film 'Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat', the debut film of Rani Mukherjee where i was apart of a crowd watching the shooting done near the old STNM Hospital flyover. One of the song Palkon Mein Sapne Chamke Ahista beautifully sang by our own nepali singer Poornima (Sushma Shrestha) is shot in different locales of Sikkim including Changu Lake and offcourse Singtam. The video of the song is given below and just watch that jumping from one stone to another she had a sudden slip at river side near Golitar.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Shooting of Sambandha completes

SINGTAM, JANUARY 24: The shooting of nepali short film ‘Sambandha’ gets completed at locales of Singtam and Mazhitar. The film is produced and directed by Praja Pradhan under his banner Shaphal Films.
The short film revolves around environment theme. Vinod Sereng, veteran film director from Nepal, cine star Uttam Pradhan, Indian Idol fame Prashant Tamang and famed nepali singer Damber Nepali was present at the Mahurat shot.

The story is by AB Gurung, script by Praja Pradhan, concept by Shital Pradhan and camera work was done by Galchen Bhutia. The actors in main roles are Kishore Dungmali, Aadarsh Pradhan, AB Gurung, Zigmei D Bhutia, Takendra Gurung, Premi Lepcha and two child artists Kasish Sharma and Yojana Chettri

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sikkim Newar Guthi Youth Affairs promotes ‘Euta Kura’

GANGTOK, NOVEMBER 7: Praja Pradhan directed ‘Euta Kura’, a short film on “Swachh Bharat Swachh Sikkim” and ‘A New Tourism Destination in Sikkim’ a documentary based on bungee jumping is being screened at Manan Kendra, Gangtok on December 17. The show is organised by Sikkim Newar Guthi Youth Affairs. Pradhan is a popular film personality from Sikkim who had so far been associated with more than 30 Nepali films, documentaries, short films, music videos and others.
“Euta Kura- Sikkim Pledge for Swach Bharat Mission” is shot at different parts of Sikkim with performances from local artists as well as popular personalities of Sikkim including Chunilal, Ghimirey, Kishor Dungmali, Gopal Baraily (MLA) and Timoty Rai to name few. The short film pledges an effort from Sikkim to make our small state ‘Clean and Green’ which is also a vision of our Hon’ble Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. Swachh Sikkim Campaign was initiated in Sikkim in 2003, 13 years before the Swachh Bharat Mission was started. It was the vision of our Chief Minister we had been able to reach many milestones and had been an inspiration for many. Euta Kura focuses on spreading these Swachh Sikkim messages to the society. 
Similarly, the other documentary introduces bungee jumping as new tourism destination around Sang-Nazitam and in Sikkim as a whole. Sikkim Newar Guthi Youth Affairs is a youth wing of Sikkim Newar Guthi set-up at Gangtok earlier this year and have been working for the development of its society at all the corners of the state. The Voice of Sikkim is the official digital media partner for the event.

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.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sikkim behind the moving cameras

When I am writing down this article I take notice of about the talks of the documentary film Sikkim directed by the maestro Satyajit Ray. Had Sikkim not remained a thumb sized state of mighty India and had Ray not been the larger than life character after receiving the ultimate dream in film making (the Oscars) in today's scenario, I am sure no one could had ever talked about Sikkim, the long lost documentary film made on the monarchy rule of Sikkim then in 1971. It was thought to be lost and how a single copy was found in the lab of British films archives and how it been converted into DVD format is still more of a mystery but all thanks to technology, I am sure some days later we shall watch Ray's fantasy of Sikkim on screen. So when everyone is talking about this small documentary why not refresh ourselves regarding few other Hindi films that were picturised on this spectacular and serene part of Sikkim. 

The panoramic beauty of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim had always attracted the Hindi cinema to capture its unparalleled beauty. It was 1967 Dev Anand starter Jewel Thief that manages to have an everlasting impact of the natural beauty of Sikkim recorded on Hindi celluloid. Jewel Thief was shot at Gangtok, the then capital of an Independent country called Sikkim. This film is regarded as one of the milestones of Hindi cinema.
Apart from Jewel Thief, I want to mention names of two Hindi films that were made within few years of the making of each other, while both the film's titles share an interesting coincidence. I had tried to trace more information about both but little could be found. Road to Sikkim was released on 1969. Directed by Ravindra Dave, music by Vijay S and produced by Kriti Films, it had stars in the calibre of Dev Kumar, Anju Mahendru, Helen, David, Jayant, Asit Sen and Tuntun.
Other film Romeo in Sikkim directed by Harikrishan Kaul was released in 1975 is believed to be produced by a local financier of Sikkim and had the central character of the movie played by Shyam Pradhan, a noted name in Sikkim. The other actors of the film were Amina Kundan, Seema Kapoor, K. N. Singh, and Om Prakash.
The oblivious question arises how I know all this, nothing to be surprised off. I am a die-hard fan of Singer Mukesh and in my collection of more than thousand songs; I had these two film's name that had always grew my excitation.
I still remember I had watched Twinkle Khanna shoot her debut film Uff Yeh Mohabbat at Gangtok while I was studying at Tashi Namgyal SSS. The actor opposite her was Abhishek Kapoor. The film had very beautiful songs especially the song "Utra nah dil mein koi" shot at Rumtek Monastery. Other than that i had seen Rani Mukherjee and Shadbad Khan, son of Amjad Khan visit Sikkim for Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat. I had seen them shoot near the old STNM fly-over. Some portion of the song was also shot in Singtam.
Let's not forget our own Danny Denzongpa whose successful Nepali venture Saino shot at various places of Sikkim was highly accepted by the audience. It was later remade in Bengali and after that converted into much famed Hindi serial "Ajnabi" where Danny Denzongpa himself acted. Today more and more commercial Nepali films are shot in Sikkim with production units coming from Nepal, thus promoting Sikkim Tourism. Myth, a 24 minutes short film made by Prashant Rasaily lured him to bollyhood where he is assisting a Hrithik Roshan starer.

In 2014, T-Series’s Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar produced Yaariyan. Directed by Divya Khosla Kumar, wife of Bhusan Kumar, it was a romantic film with three lead actor and actress in debut - Himansh Kohli, Rakul Preet Singh and Nicole Faria.
While I close this small and exciting information on Sikkim and Hindi movies, I would surely like to mention there are numerous Bengali and other regional films shot in Sikkim that had stars like Mithun Chakraborty, Bishwajit, Prosenjit, Prabhu Deva and others making its presence but nothing more could be heard of those films in larger scale.
List of regional films shot in Sikkim
Biyer Phool (Bengali – 1996)
Bukuwe Bisare (Assamese – 2000)
Thamizh (Tamil – 2002)
Anuranan (Bengali – 2006)
Abosheshey (Bengali – 2011)
Arjun: Kalimpong E Sitaharan (Bengali – 2013)
Lemon (Telugu – 2013)
James Pandu (Tamil - 2014)
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (Malayalam – 2013)
Aal – Tamil (Tamil - 2014)
Yennai Arindhaal (Tamil - 2015)
10 Endrathukulla (Tamil - 2015)
Singalila in the Himalaya (Short Film English – 2016)
Painting Life (English – 2018)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Adhuro Aanth - A video film by local talents

Pakyong: “Adhuro Aanth” a nepali video film based on a love-story was premiered at the Community Hall in Pakyong, East Sikkim on February 13 by Deorali Film Production (DFP). It is DFP’s first film in which all the actors are from Sikkim .

The story is written by Tshering Choden Subba, on which cinematography has been done by Nandu Koirala with music by Suman Karki. The film is produced by Purna Subba and Directed by Mr. Kumar Pradhan (Kuku). The low budget film has been a good success for DFP which aims at a big screen production in the near future.

Actor Binoy Maningla is in the lead role of the film with actresses Kavita Subba and Purna Subba also in leading roles. Outdoor shooting of the film is done entirely in the two constituencies of Sikkim, namely, Yuksum and Loosing- Pacheykhani.

The audience in the show loved to watch the locally made film. Mrs. Kalawati Subba, Minister of Animal Husbandary, was Chief Guest, Mrs. Manita Manger area MLA, was Special Guest. Mr. Chuninal Ghimirey Ace Production Managing Director, Mr. Kabi Ratna Sakya, and Mr. B.B. Subba, Secretary, SDF Party (East District), were among the invited guests. A cultural program was also presented on the occasion. Mrs. Kalawati Subba wished DFP family all success of their maiden venture as also for more in future.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sikkim girl makes a mark in Kolliwood

Gangtok: She is called ‘Sahasi Nayika’ in Kolliwood. She had jumped down 120 feet from a Fistel Air Helicopter which no other actor has dared so far. The record is of Rusma Rai, a Sikkimese girl of Daragaon, Tadong. She left Sikkim five years ago in pursuit of a career in film as an actress and has since made a niche herself as an actress in Kolliwood, a film society in Kathmandoo.

Rusma says that like Hindi film now-a-days in Nepali film also there is a great demand of stunt actors. In Kolliwood only Nikhil Upreti is known as a stunt hero and has great demand in Nepali film but he had jumped only from 50 feet height. “I have jumped nearly three times greater height than him and, what is more, I am a girl”, she said, adding, “that is why now a days I am called Sahasi Nayika (brave actress)”.

Regaling the story of her stunt shooting, she said, “I was shooting for ‘Mission love in Sikkim’ in title role. There was need of a stunt scene shooting and I was called upon to do it. I became prepared, did the role I was successful”. The film ‘Mission love in Sikkim’ is produced as a joint venture by Solon Films and Diksha Audio Vision, a Sikkim based film Production Company. 90 per cent of the film has been shot in Sikkim. According to Rusma, premier show of the film will be also held in Sikkim itself very soon.

After successfully doing the role in Mission love in Sikkim, offers from many films in Nepal started pouring in. She has already signed for Golmal, Jutta Khaney Buhari and Maya’s Bar. For few days she has come to her home in Sikkim as she is still under treatment of her left leg which was fractured in her stunt role. “Now I have almost recovered and I will leave for Kathmandoo after a week or two,” she said.

Speaking to the media persons, she said Sikkim has many potential artists. Many promising artists have made a niche in Kolliwood and now Sikkim is well-known in Kolliwood. There is much scope in Sikkim for film production, if the State government would waive the entertainment tax, she felt. (DB RAI)