Although the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly has pushed the country towards further political uncertainty, it has become an immediate boon to the country’s entertainment industry, especially the silver screen. According to film entrepreneurs, the expiry of the historic CA has at least ended the uncertainty about the new constitution and released the tension prevalent among the people. It also ended a series of strikes organized by different groups across the country.
"It has become certain after the dissolution of the CA that the country will not get the new constitution at least for a year to come, it has released the tension of many," said Mohan Sarraf, the owner of the Bishwojyoti hall.
According to him, general people were in a great tension whether the new constitution would be drafted and if it was drafted, would it accommodate the aspirations of all the people. "But now they have been relieved of this uncertainty," he added.
He said that following the dissolution of the CA, the audiences have been encouraged to visit the movies as it reduced the chances of general strikes.
Indeed, the film industry that was badly affected during the decade long conflict also suffered a setback in the last month of the CA tenure due to regular strikes called by different national and regional political organizations and ethnic groups. The movie markets of Terai were badly damaged in the last one month due to strikes. The Far West was shut down for 32 days in a row by the locals demanding undivided Far West Development Region while the eastern Terai was shot down for a fortnight by broader alliance of Madhesi parties and individuals and Limbuwan activists. Tharus were there to shut down western Terai. Kathmandu and other major movie markets were also shut down for several days by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, Society of Brahmins, Chhettris and others. But after the dissolution, the markets have returned to normalcy. Moreover, some filmmakers were surprised witnessing the calmness maintained by the people after the dissolution of the CA.
Film distributor Ashok Sharma said although the dissolution of the CA was an unfortunate incident for the Nepali people, it has brought a deathly silence in the country.
"I wonder seeing undisturbed peace even after the people failed to get the new constitution from the CA," he said.
According to him, political activities will not have a direct impact on the film industry unless they turn violent, resort to strike and stone pelting.
He said that only the policy and acts could have direct impact.
He also said that the film market has come to normalcy after the dissolution of the CA.
The annual production of the Nepali movies had dropped to 19 in 2005-2006. But it crossed 100 in three years following the Constituent Assembly elections in 2008. Indeed, the industry witnessed an improvement after the Maoists laid down their arms in 2006.
Filmmaker Tulsi Ghimire also agreed with Sharma and said only the political upheavals could affect the film industry.
However, the filmmakers are not happy with the leaders for failing to promulgate the new constitution. They said that they should have promulgated the new constitution after having an exercise of four years.
Sharma said that leaders have lost their legitimacy to contest another CA election.
"They should be ashamed of themselves to go to the people with the same old slogans," he said.
However, Ghimire hailed the announcement of fresh polls and said that it had at least taken a new political course.
Indeed, the Nepali movies have made a big leap in the recent months with some films made and acted by new generation of actors breaching the traditional formulas and limits of film making. They not only became box office hits but also offered dialogues to make a mockery of the party leaders who deceived the people by dissolving the CA at the last moment.
The social networks like Facebook and Twitter are filled with the filthy comments against UCPN-Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. Many have used the dialogues of Loot to mock the charismatic leader of the armed conflict comparing him with the protagonist of a movie.
In the movie, Haku Kale (Saugat Malla) badly deceives four youths who he has lured with his saying "Ma sanga master plan chha, …malamal hune" (I have a master plan to make you reach." And Prachanda has been compared with Haku Kale on the social networks.