Nepali movies industry is still in its emerging phase. A good movie has a lot of efforts of numerous people from director to actors to the technical crew to many more. Each of them has their own responsibility and skills that one must do with all their efforts else the money and time invested won’t make any worth. Movies made with an awesome storyline and expert direction have already while some still need to work on the story, scripts, and acting skills.
The Nepali film industry is also popular with the name ‘Kollywood’. However, it does not have a very long history but has of course marked its name on the international platforms. On average, only 60-70 Nepali movies are released each year which is very less as compared to Hollywood and Bollywood movies. This might also be one of the reasons why Nepali audiences are more influenced by Bollywood and Hollywood movies rather than Nepali movies. There are lots of Nepali people who have watched thousands of foreign-language movies while only a few of Nepali. The bitter truth behind this is the Nepali movie industry actually needs to work on different related factors to attract audiences.
Nepali movies might not attract you like Hollywood and Bollywood movies, but trust me, there are still some awesome Nepali masterpieces too.
Here’s a list of the 10 best Nepali movies that you will definitely enjoy watching in your leisure!
Aama is a recent release of 2020, directed by Dipendra K. Khanal. The movie is all about the mother-daughter relationship and the existing problems in Nepali society. The story and the job done by the actors in the movie are amazingly beautiful and realistic.
In this movie, Arati a daughter who had to take care of both her mother and father. Her brother is in America and doesn’t even look after his family nor support them financially. Her father, admitted to hospital because of serious head injury, later dies and Arati performs all the funerary rights that a son supposed to do, breaking all the norms and dismantles stereotypes of the society. The responsibility and norms that a son supposed to be carrying out are all done by a daughter already married portraying a strong storyline.
All the actors in the movie have done their job so amazingly. Actress Surakshya Panta (Arati) even shaved her head for the role. Watch Aama full movie.
IMDb: 9.2 ⭐️
2. Pashupati Prasad
Released in 2016, Pashupati Prasad a movie directed by Dipendra K. Khanal. It is the movie portraying the story of a poor guy who came to Kathmandu to earn his living and pay off the debt owed by his late father, who died in the Earthquake. Pashupati Nath Temple, surrounded by deceivers in every step of his life and struggles to earn his living in Kathmandu.
They also nominated it for the Nepali entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at 89th Academy Awards. Watch Pashupati Prasad full movie
IMDb: 8.4 ⭐️
Genres: Drama, Romance
Kabaddi a movie written and directed by Ram Babu Gurung which released in 2014. It was so good that they also released its other two sequels. A story of a third-standard failed young man, Kazi who dreams of marrying Maiya, the daughter of his maternal uncle. Maiya, who wants to go to Kathmandu for persuading her career, gets attracted to a young man from the city, Bibek. Kabaddi is very unique and is a masterpiece by Ram Babu Gurung. Watch Kabaddi's full movie.
IMDb: 8.2 ⭐️
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
4. Talakjung vs Tulke
The movie directed by Nischal Basnet, released in 2014, is a story depicting the struggles of Tulke, a day-laborer, to reclaim his lost aristocratic identity. Violent revolution is disrupting every aspect of village life.
It was selected as the Nepalese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Award but it was not nominated. Watch Talakjung vs Tulke full movie.
IMDb: 8.1 ⭐️
Genre: Action, Drama
5. Jatrai Jatra
This movie is the second sequel of the superhit movie Jatra directed by Pradeep Bhattrai. It was released in 2019.
The story begins from where the 1st part ended. The three guys part their ways after serving 3 years of sentencing in jail but again get trapped in the greed of gold.
The movie is unpredictable. You will never know what will happen next throughout the movie. The cast of the movie is clap-worthy. Watch Jatrai Jatra full movie.
IMDb : 8.0 ⭐️
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama
Prasad is a story of a newly married couple who faces a lot of challenges in their life. The story depicts the existing problems of Nepali society.
The film is based on how lower-class people are intimidated by powerful people and the struggle of a woman to raise a child in her womb from the sexual assault of her husband’s so-called friend.
The actors in the movie have done a fabulous job. Watch Prasad full movie.
IMdb: 7.9 ⭐️
Genres: Drama, Romance
Jhola, the film released in 2014, where the Sati culture that was prevalent in the Nepalese society until the 1920s depicted. Sati custom, a practice in which a widow woman forced to burn herself in her husband’s funeral pyre.
It the story of a young woman, Kanchi who was married to a man 40 years older than her. After the demise of her husband, she was forced to go to Sati but somehow she manages to survive and hides in the cave of the nearby Jungle. Later she reunites with her son and they plan to leave the village to begin their new life and succeed in doing so with the help of her brother-in-law and his wife. Watch Jhola full movie.
IMDb: 7.5 ⭐️
Genres: Drama, History
Kagbeni, released in 2008, has its own history in the Nepali film industry as the first digital movie of Nepal. The director, Bhusan Dahal has made this movie worth watching. The performance of every actor was to be praised for amazing acting skills.
The storyline loosely follows the story of “The Monkey’s Paw” which possesses great power that can fulfill every wish you make but along with a disaster. It is the story of how paw changes everyone’s life.
Kagbeni also nominated in some of the international film festivals. Watch Kagbeni full movie.
IMdb : 7.4 ⭐️
Genres : Drama, Horror
9. White Sun (Seto Surya)
The white sun is a movie that portrays the time of post-civil war in Nepal during the fragile deadlocked peace process. Released in 2016, the director Deepak Rauniyar has been able to connect three eras of the Nepali Political scene: the pre-war monarchy, the war-torn people, and the country getting prepared for a Republic State.
Anti-Regime partisan Chandra has to travel to his remote village nearly after a decade due to the demise of his father where he faces his brother who was on the opposing side during the Nepali Civil War. A big conflict arises among the brothers and Chandra was compelled to seek help from outside the village to obey the rigid caste and discriminatory gender traditions he fought to eliminate during the war.
It was Nepal’s Official Selection for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film.
IMdb : 7.1 ⭐️
Genres : Adventure, Drama
10. Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen)
A movie released in 2015, the first Nepali film to be screened at the Venice Film Festival. It is the story showing the life of people living in Mugu district, a war-torn village in Northern Nepal during 2001 BS.
Two young close friends, Prakash and Kiran remain inseparable despite their caste and social creed. They start raising a hen given to Prakash by his sister with the hope of earning money by selling her eggs. When the hen goes missing and they embark on a journey unaware of despotism brought by fragile ceasefire while searching for the hen.
Kalo pothi is the official submission of Nepal for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 89th Academy Award in 2017.
IMdb : 7.1 ⭐️
Genres : Action, Drama, History