filmmaking in Nepal started some forty years
back, during the initial two decades, only a
handful of films were made and that too only
by the state (except one, the making of which
seems a mere coincident). Films from private
sector began to be made only a little more than
two decades back.
But in about two decades, leaving aside non-fiction,
we have made about four hundred feature films.
That, by any standard, is not a small feat.
All these years, we have been able to persist,
if not flourish. Even during the recent dreadful
years, when the Maoists waged the most violent
war to date in the country's history, resulting
in widespread insecurity and financial stagnation,
leading to the closure of most of the halls
throughout the country, we refused to give
up and continued making films.
There is no doubt that Nepali films have
come a long way.
But this does not mean Nepali films have no
space for improvement or that we should be
content with what we have. Particularly, it
has become inevitable that Nepali films get
international exposure, and gradually make
a niche for itself in the international market.
Today, when filmmaking is getting more and
more global, breaking down national barriers,
Nepali films cannot afford to limit itself
within the national boundary.
And NFPA is all set to take concrete and proactive
steps in this regard.
Even at home, by and large, audience for Nepali
films has been limited to just one section
of Nepali society. This is because we have
not been able to make films that can match
the sensibility of a large chunk of audience.
There is no doubt that Nepali films have to
improve their quality, both in terms of craft
After all the violence and turmoil, our country
is heading towards the threshold of a new
era. We must utilize this new-found opportunity
to address the problems and weaknesses that
exist in the film industry and to explore
newer avenues. If we do not do so now, we
can blame nobody but ourselves when things
get worse later. We must also realize that
time will not wait for us if we do not act