“I get tired by saying ‘I love you’ continuously to my girlfriend but dad, why do I feel shy to say the same to you?” asked director-cum-writer Anmol Gurung at a press meet to announce the release of his latest movie, Appa.
Appa, which is set to be the first Nepali movie with English subtitles to be released in multiplexes and cinema halls in Assam and across India, will be released on July 5.
The movie revolves around a father-son relationship and addresses the way society views that relationship. It also sets a benchmark in the history of Nepali film industry of being the first Nepalese movie with English subtitles to be released in multiplexes and cinema halls in Assam and the rest of India.
The movie has a special focus on Assam and other Northeast states for being a prospective market for dubbed and subtitled Nepali movies. In the Northeast, it is slated for release in Guwahati, Shillong, Tezpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Byrnihat and Golaghat.
The movie has been shot in the historic Ghoom Railway Station of Darjeeling and in places like Sandakpu, where, as mentioned by the director, “we set one feet in India and the other in Nepal”, Kalimpong and North Bengal at the backdrop of a Gorkha family.
The lead actor, Daya Hang Rai, said he is officially acting in India for the first time and that the story line of the film compelled him to sign it. Meanwhile, director Gurung also said, “As clichéd as it sounds, this movie has a generic audience and targets all. It’s just like the movies in Netflix which caters to all audiences; however, it primarily targets the Nepali-speaking audience.” When asked about the budget of the film, he humorously said: “I can’t say the exact amount, however I can admit that it is a good budget.”
After the press release, the team had a community reception and interaction session at Moni Kumar Subba Bhawan, Paltan Bazar, Guwahati, which was attended by members of the Nepali community. Actor Rai said, “I wish, besides the Nepali speaking crowds, the natives too can enjoy the subtitled movie, and I can tell you it’s inspiring and entertaining.”
Appa film distribution co-ordinator Biraj Dhital Sarma said: “Successful screening of this movie will encourage us to screen best of the best movies from Darjeeling, Sikkim and Nepal here in Assam and NE and also screen popular movies of Assam with subtitles or dubbed in those places and exchange art and creativity. We have already seen and heard fusion music from both sides and it’s so appealing. It will empower regional cinema in a big way but would need support from friends from the media and also from the film critics and reviewers for movie selection.”