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Senti-mental approach to drive; political theme lags to slay virus

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Proposed Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium

With an appeal that half of the profit amount of the movie will go to the charitable Dhurmus-Suntali foundation that is making a mega structure— Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium in Bharatpur, publicity of the movie got started, and it looked like the plan worked as the movie theaters got thronged with people who wanted to be a part in this noble cause, and enjoy Nepali movie after a long drought—a win-win.

Sitaram Kattel and Kunjana Ghimire Kattel are proven names in TV, so audience were anticipating something good, and they got somewhat which they were looking for. Though, there is ample room for improvement in the movie on various aspects.

The movie starts in the backdrop of the civil war, flashback showing two brothers from the same family, involved in different roles— one being a rebel, and another being a soldier. The story starts after 21 years from where the preparation of house of representative election is on high.

The first half is paced with the development of characters mainly associated with two different parties— democratic and communist in particular. The lead played by Sitaram as Dhrubaram is associated with communist party and his wife portrayed by Kunjana as Juneli with the other— not because she is inspired by the party’s dogma, but her father played by Rajaram Poudel is the contestant who is in a pressure of winning the election by hook or crook as the party has given him the last chance, even ignoring his previous failures. This happens to be the main conflict in the first half, resulting in a feud between husband and wife.

In the plot, Dhurbaram is shown to be a kingmaker because he holds a key for the deciding votes, which he can bring from a squatter settlement (Ekta Basti) whose kingpin happens to be his dear friend played by Dayahang Rai. With much pressure from wife and mother, he decides to support the party with the candidacy of his father-in-law. Before the interval, the poll results are out. Unexpectedly, the party that Dhrubaram is shown to be supporting loses with a slight margin. Here the votes from the squatter settlement happen to be the decider—so his party members, father-in-law, and wife smell a rat on him for a foul play.

A shot from the movie

The second half that is quite slow in progression tells us whether there was conspiracy plotted by Dhrubram for the election decider. The voters from the squatter settlement were coaxed to vote in an agreement that they will get the property papers. After winning the election, Dhurbaram’s party leader neglects the commitment putting him in grave family and social trouble. Undecided, he eventually decides to save the squatter as his wife and father- in-law too have taken shelter in that settlement after losing all assets and capital in election. Whether he is able to save it or not, and the entire struggle are portrayed in the second half.

The elongated comedy part revolves around the family feud, which at times gets boring. Political atmosphere is captured appropriately with realistic sets and properties. The scene when people are shown to be practicing their franchise looks natural. Alcohol and cigarettes are shown quite rampantly in the shots, which could have been avoided in many scenes. And not wearing helmet while riding motorbikes has been a prominent culture in most of the Nepali movies, so it has also taken a leaf out from its counterparts.

As far as the making is concerned, the story telling could have been better by breaking the plot sequence— to and fro as it gets very predictable. Sitaram and Kunjana look to be overshadowed by their earlier hit-characters, so it gets hard to get appealed by them. Sandip Chettri, who plays land mafia looks a little loud so as Wilson Bikram Rai, as a cunning party cadre. Daya and Buddhi Tamang have looked natural as per the nature of their role. The dialogues are rich and understandable despite carrying a political theme.

Fight sequence and kidnapping scene look over-dramatic, and the end does not look too convincing. Camera work is fine, though use of excess moving shots can make one jittery at times.

The justification of the title Senti Virus is not deciphered anywhere in the movie. May be the production team has left it to the audiences. Who is the actual virus is not clear, and so as the meaning of senti is not justified.

Overall, the movie based in the political themes, despite drawbacks, it has been able to leave a strong message that you cannot trust political leaders to the fullest, and have to contribute yourself to bring changes in the society. It is good to see that movie in political theme is gaining popularity, and attracting a lot of youth.

Since the movie is made for a social cause, it should not fully disappoint, as there are a lots of positives in the movie, and at least people can come out of the theater felling that they too added a brick to the mega project.

Verdict: 3/5

Cast: Sitaram Kattel (Dhurmus), Kunjana Ghimire (Suntali), Dayahang Rai, Wilson Bikram Rai, Buddhi Tamang, Rajaram Poudel, Basant Bhatta, Kamalmani Nepal, Sadip Chhetri, Pawan Khatiwada, Alish Rai, Sunita Ghimire

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Maicha, a proof to prove music has no language

A song to prove that music has no language

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As someone said,

Good music has no boundaries. No matter what language, genre, rhythm, it can always find a way to everyone’s heart.

This song, Maicha, is the proof.

Maicha, a song in Newa language, was recently released by a band, Emerge, on June 19, 2020, through their youtube channel by the same name and the song has already been viewed more than one million times. That’s because this song is not just a song but a music, that anyone can listen in loop even if does not understand the words.

What a beautiful and soul-soothing song to treat any ear.

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Magadh by tShunya

A song not meant for everyone

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Some songs are not meant to be popular or viral nor is composed for everyone to hum or sing. They are like an abstract art, not meant to be obvious.

The song Magadh, tShunya, is one of the kind. It does not fit in any genre because its uniqueness itself is a genre. According to the video description, the song is on a historical fact about a king….

Leave it, not going to reveal here. Watch it, read the lyrics and find out yourself.

About Video, according to the team:
Generated using combination of Deep Learning and Digital Signal Processing. The background video is completely generated. No manual process is required, however, lyrics, logo, and mirror were added on post. Image generation was trained using custom trained StyleGAN with a dataset consisting of war paintings.”

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Dhaka Dhoti, a rap from madesh

This is how diversity feels like.

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After a long time, found a rap from Nepal that could give us goosebumps and awe feeling.

What a beat, what a strike. Wish video was much better; seems a budget video.

Song like “Lollypop Lagelu” had set a different kind of stereotype about songs from madhesh and their music. No more. After listening till the end, you too will go like “Never thought Bhojpuri Rap could be this lit.” Well, it is not really Bhojpuri, but mix of.

This is how diversity feels like. <3

Lyrics and Performed by : Vyoma and D1
Recorded at : Megaherz Studio
Mix / Master : Manu Khadka

Lyrics

Suna kan kholi toraboli himal pahad terai k
Deshake xora
Bhedbhab je karela oka khichke lapeta
abbb sunal jja madhesh me Hiphop kaisan hola
Dekha Chala

Bisswome dekh bhaii dusarrkaa
sorgalok nepal jekar nam dharm saskirti ritiriwaj sabke
aapan aapan algeba maan saan
parkirtike bardan aafan saundarta se mohit
kaileba sabke dheyan santike muhan
mahan hamar desha
himal pahad milke tarai banaola sabke
ek panna palta ke dekh bir emandar yodhdha
nepaligorkhali ithas me paibe
ek aake dekha santi ke bhagwan gautam buddha lumbini
mahan sitaD mata ke janma sthal janakpur dham
bhail eho hamar swades k san
bhedbhab k nam pe nakar badnam
e desh ke nam tu aisan kar kam
jekase bane tor aapan Nam pahichan badhe
dehsake san dekhe wale kare wah wah sab log jan

Namskar bhaiiya ramram ke satha suruhola
subha ke kam hasi majag gussa k sat
bitela sabke sam aafan aafan plan
kurta or dhoti sirpe dhaka topi
gamchha ba hamnike san kisan
aannke ke bhandar khetipati peba nirbhar
hamni ke jahan tarai aadibasi tharu madhesi
hamni ke pahichan berrz

Aaige madesh me alag san se
Lolypop nai tyo kina pewar hiphop lai china aage

Bhaike e badhiya gana suna chala
eMandari bacha kasam pura karekhatir
hajir ba e jan aapn desh ke nam
xatti maiya dasahara dipawali karwachautha
nari logan k mahan
debideuta pujal jali sabjan skranti faguwa sivratri me piyal jali bhang
leke bholeke nam
xotkan se peyr badkan k dila aadar samman
k satha leli sabke aasirbad aaggya kari sidasada hamni
bani lal chandra or surye hamar desh ke nisani

lollypop me khali nahii hiphop me
sat jhumal jali sab jani sukha dukhme satha
khada rahele xati tani peyar je kare okase peyar ham
kareni bhedbhab je kare kare to hojala dusman

Suna kan kholi tora
boli himal pahad tarai seeee deshake xora
bhedbhab je karela oka khichke lapeta
aba sunal ja madhesh me hiphop kaisan hola
Dekha Chala

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