Many in Kathmandu know about actor Bhuwan KC’s personal life. Husband of two beautiful wives and the all-time hero of Nepali film, KC is now living single with his son. His first wife is in the USA. His actress wife Sushmita got separated from him following rumours about his extra martial affairs with another actress Ranjana Sharma. Within a decade, he sold his house of Sinamangal and shifted to his new house in Dhapasi. But he again sold the new house and returned to his father’s home in Sinamangal. Although it is not known why he sold the old house and built the new one which he sold within a few years, he has been making one film after another. And everyone knows that he had to struggle for about two years to release his latest movie Sathi Ma Timro (STM) and before he could release his movie, his actress wife Sushmita formally got separated from him.
Any audience familiar with these ups and downs of the actor’s life could easily find that his STM matches with the personal ordeals the actor-cum-producer faced in the recent years. In some cases, one could even guess that the actor made changes in the story of his movie while tediously waiting for its release. And those who know well the ailments of the Nepali filmdom will find that the film is all about the problems of the Nepali cinema.
Again, what KC told the media about his movie before its release turned out to be false. He had claimed that five-year old boy Sirshak Sapkota was the hero of the movie, but it was not. He himself is the hero. He had also said that his movie dealt with bringing up kids. But it was not true either. Instead, it was about how the film industry could be saved and how the wrong men were dominating the film industry of the country.
The story apparently matches with KC’s life. A son of a filmmaker (KC has double roles of father and son), Abhisekh (Bhuwan KC) has only one dream in his life—to materialize the dream project of his late father. While materializing the dream project, he lost everything - from his wife Pooja (Richa Ghimire) to motor and home. When he fails to pay the money to the workers, he gives his motor to the technicians. The bank seizes his home and he comes to the street with his son Anamol (Sirshak Sapkota) and maintains his livelihood by borrowing money from friends and selling his coat. Interestingly, KC has a son named Anamol, who has made a brief appearance in the movie with the same name.
Poor Abhisekh even takes part in wrestling in the hope of earning money to feed his son. While wandering with his son and taking the reel of the ready-to-release-movie, he suffers a lot. A millionaire turns into a penniless person while trying to make a film and sleeps in the toilets and cinema halls sharing food of the gatekeeper of the halls. But he cannot release the movie as the hall owners ask for more commission and distributor denies buying his film. His wife Pooja who has tied nuptial knot with a rich old man (BS Rana) takes Anamol her home by filing a case in the court. However, Anamol comes back to him. But Pooja’s brother (Sunil Dutta Pandey) snatches his bag consisting of the reel and tries to burn it. But Abhisekh saves it and the STM ends with its release in reel. Actor KC dominates the film right from the beginning to end.
In a sense his STM is all about STM.
He has a host of actors and actresses who appear briefly. Shiva Shrestha, Rajballav Koirala and Shovit Basnet appear just for a while; Rekha Thapa is in love with him. Many may find that Asmi (Rekha) was taken to do the role of Ranajana because Pooja blames that Asmi’s presence in Abhisekh’s life has led to the separation as Sushmita blamed Ranjana’s presence for her separation from KC in real.
The film is interesting to watch though some of the scenes look too dramatic. Shirshak has surely done well. His use of childish language amuses the audiences.
However, KC has used 16 mm reel to shoot his big budget movie. It is one of the flaws of the movie. He has included the beautiful scenes of the Himalayas and the landscapes. However, the traditional cinematography technology used in the movie plays the villain and the scenes have poor visibility. The songs and choreography and the limited actions are OK.
Lastly, it may not be taken otherwise if KC made his STM his last venture because he wants to give a message from this film that making a film is not easy in present day Nepal. Moreover, he once told this scribe that he would never make another film after releasing it and the story included in the film also hints at it. Indeed, KC has told his real story in STM but not honestly.