Aama (film)

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Directed by Hira Singh Khatri
Written byDurga Shrestha
Chaitya Devi
Starring Shiva Shankar
Bhuwan Chand
Hari Prasad Rimal
Basundhara Bhusal
Information Department of Government of Nepal
Release date
  • 7 October 1964 (1964-10-07)(Nepal)
Country Nepal
Language Nepali

Aama (Nepali : आमा, transl.Mother) is an 1964 Nepalese film that was directed by Hira Singh Khatri in his debut. The film is written by Durga Shrestha and Chaitya Devi. Aama is produced by Mahendra of Nepal under the banner of Information Department of Government of Nepal (formally Royal Nepal Film Corporation). The film stars Shiva Shankar and Bhuwan Chand in the lead roles, alongside Basundhara Bhusal, Hira Singh Khatri and Hari Prasad Rimal in supporting roles. The film's plot follows a young man who returns home after serving in his country's army. Film director Hira Singh Khatri, was request by Mahendra of Nepal to direct Aama. The film's post-production and indoor filming were mainly done in Kolkata, India. It was released on 7 October 1964. After the release, Aama became the first Nepalese film to be produced in Nepal.

Nepali language Lingua franca of Nepal; one of the scheduled languages of India

Nepali, also known as Nepalese, is an Indo-Aryan language of the sub-branch of Eastern Pahari. It is the official language of Nepal and one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. Also known by the endonym Khas kura, the language is also called Gorkhali or Parbatiya in some contexts, It is spoken mainly in Nepal and by about a quarter of the population in Bhutan. In India, Nepali has official status in the state of Sikkim, and significant number of speakers in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Uttarakhand and West Bengal's Darjeeling district. It is also spoken in Burma and by the Nepali diaspora worldwide. Nepali developed in proximity to a number of Indo-Aryan languages, most notably the other Pahari languages and Maithili, and shows Sanskrit influence. However, owing to Nepal's location, it has also been influenced by Tibeto-Burman languages. Nepali is mainly differentiated from Central Pahari, both in grammar and vocabulary, by Tibeto-Burman idioms owing to close contact with this language group.

Hira Singh Khatri is the director of the first Nepali movie, Aama. After the success of the first movie, he directed two more movies for the Nepal government.

Mahendra of Nepal King of Nepal

Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was King of Nepal from 1955 to 1972.Mahendra was born 11 June 1920 to King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal. Although Tribhuvan was nominally king since 1911. Mahendra was captive in Narayanhity Royal Palace, virtually a gilded cage. In 1940 he married Indra Rajya Lakshmi Devi,[5][6] daughter of General Hari Shamsher Rana. Mahendra had 3 sons, Birendra, Gyanendra, Dhirendra and three daughters Shanti, Sharada, and Shobha. Crown Princess Indra died in 1950. In 1952, Mahendra married Indra's younger sister, Ratna Rajya Lakshmi Devi. This marriage produced no children.


After the film's release in Nepal, it quickly became popular in the country. After the success of Aama, Khatri directed the films Hijo Aaja Bholi (1967), and Parivartan (1971) for the Nepalese government, both of which were used to convey patriotism to Nepalese citizens. Aama is regarded as one of the most important films in the history of Nepalese cinema.

Hijo Aaja Bholi it was the fourth Nepali film produced and the first under a private banner.This movie features Shreedhar Khanal, Bhuwan Chand ,Mitra Lal, Shanti Maskey and Uttam Nepali in the lead roles. Shreedhar Khanal also wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues. He was also the lyricist and the chief Assistant Director. When Hira Singh Khatri fell ill while shooting the major portions in the studios of Calcutta, Khanal took the responsibility on his shoulders to see the work was not disturbed.

Cinema of Nepal cinemas or movies made in Nepal

Nepali cinema does not have a very long history, but the industry has its own place in the cultural heritage of the country. It is often referred to as "Nepali Chalchitra". This includes films in various languages of Nepal, most notably in Nepali, Maithili and Bhojpuri. The terms Nellywood and Kollywood are also used, as a portmanteau of "Kathmandu".


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Still from the film

Harka Bahadur is an alcoholic who physically abuses his wife. One day later, his house is being repossessed due to non-payment of loan repayments, after which Harka Bahadur promises his wife he will give up drinking. Later that day, he returns to his house drunk and starts attacking his wife but dies after being struck by lightning. After his death, Harka's son Man Bahadur (Shiva Shankar) leaves his house to join the army.

A lightning strike or lightning bolt is an electric discharge between the atmosphere and an object. They mostly originate in a cumulonimbus cloud and terminate on the ground, called cloud to ground (CG) lightning. A less common type of strike, called ground to cloud (GC), is upward propagating lightning initiated from a tall grounded object and reaches into the clouds. About 25% of all lightning events worldwide are strikes between the atmosphere and earth-bound objects. The bulk of lightning events are intra-cloud (IC) or cloud to cloud (CC), where discharges only occur high in the atmosphere. Lightning strikes the average commercial aircraft at least once a year, but modern engineering and design means this is rarely a problem. The movement of aircraft through clouds can even cause lightning strikes.

Shiva Shankar Nepalese musician

Shiva Shankar Manandhar was a singer, music composer of Nepali songs and the chief actor in the first Nepali movie, Aama. For nearly a half century beginning from 1950 to late 1990, his name has probably been mentioned more often in books, journals, lectures and conversations about Nepalese music than any other musicians.

A few years later, Man returns home after serving in a foreign army for two years but cannot find his mother. After hearing about his mother's death, Man decides to leave Nepal but his neighbours persuade him to stay in the village and serve the community, saying that "service to the motherland is equally virtuous as service to a mother". Man Bahadur says he will remain in Nepal to help his country's growing economy.


Credits adapted from Films Of Nepal. [1]

Bhuwan Chand is a Nepali actress. She is known for Aama, the first Nepali feature film which was produced in 1964. Owing to her lead role in the first feature film produced in Nepal, which was produced by the Nepal government, she is known as the first actress of Nepal. Her other works include Hijo, Aaja, Bholi (1967), Manko Baandh (1973), Sindoor (1980), Jivan Rekha, Ke ghar ke dera (1987), Pachchis Basanta (1988) and Santideep (1989) among others.

Basundhara Bhusal Nepali actress

Basundhara Bhusal is a Nepali movie and theater actor. She was one of the actresses in the first Nepali movie Aama. Since then, she has acted in at least 135 feature films and 60 TV programs. She started her career in theater, acting in plays at the Rastriya Nachghar since the 1960s.

Hari Prasad Rimal sometimes known as, father of Nepali Radio drama was a Nepalese actor,singer and film director. He is known for being the first person to sing on Radio Nepal and he has acted on Nepal's first film Aama.


Mahendra of Nepal requested prominent film director Hira Singh Khatri, who was mainly working in Indian cinema, to direct Aama, which was made to promote the panchayat political system in Nepal. [2] In the early years of Nepalese cinema there was no professional infrastructure in the country to produce, distribute, and present Nepalese cinema. [3] [4] There were no professional actors so the director chose Nepalese singer-songwriter Shiva Shankar and theatrical performer Bhuwan Chand. [3] Shiva Shankar was chosen to play the lead actor in the film because the director's original choice for the role was home sick. [5] The leading female actor Bhuwan Chand remembered being "very excited" about acting in the film; she said it "was one of the incidences of my life I can never forget". [5] At the age of fourteen, Hari Prasad Rimal also made his acting debut in Aama. [6]

Cinema of India Filmmaking industry in India

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Panchayat was the political system of Nepal from 1960 to 1990. It was based on the Panchayat system of self-governance historically prevalent in the Indian subcontinent.

Homesickness Distress caused by being away from home

Homesickness is the distress caused by being away from home. Its cognitive hallmark is preoccupying thoughts of home and attachment objects. Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to home.

Filming on the project lasted between three and four months, and the post-production work, which was completed in Kolkata, India, took about six months. [5] [7] Most of the scenes were filmed in a single take. [1] Bhuwan Chand was paid about 5,000 rupees ($45.01 as of April 2019). [5] Chand told Kathmandu Craze , "the director of the film had asked for cameramen's opinion and he responded in my favour. So it was cameraman Dev and of course the director who were responsible for me receiving the part." [5]

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Kolkata Capital city of West Bengal, India

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Nepalese rupee Official Currency of Nepal

A Nepalese Rupee is the official currency of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The Nepalese rupee is subdivided into 100 paisa. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal. The Nepalese rupee was introduced in 1932, when it replaced the Nepalese mohar at the rate 2:1.


The film premiered on 7 October 1964, in the Kathmandu Valley. [2] Upon release, the film met with success. Sunita of Films Of Nepal wrote, "Aama took the nation by storm". [1] After the success of the film, director Hira Singh Khatri went on to direct Hijo Aaja Bholi (1967), and Parivartan (1971), films which were used to convey patriotism to Nepalese citizens. [8] Aama became an important film in history of Nepalese cinema, after becoming the first Nepalese film to be produced in Nepal. [2] [9] [10] Following its release, the leading actors became publicly prominent. [11] Kathmandu Films, wrote "This [Aama] was the most important event in history of filming in Nepal". [12]

Critical response

BossNepal wrote, "The title of the movie did justice to it ... Aama (mother) gives us a glimpse of what to expect and meets people's expectations as well. It goes perfectly with the theme of the movie". The reviewer also said, "Aama deserves a watch". [2] Philip Cryan Marshall of Migyul wrote, "Aama was clearly a nation-building tool", and "The image of the mother, a universal symbol of national unity, was used to forward themes of nationalization. Characters ... were dressed in distinct garbs of the nation – men in daura suruwal and dhaka topi and women draped in saree and cholo fariya". [11]

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