Cinema History in Nepal

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Cinema in Nepal
= The first cinema show in Nepal took place in Bhadra 17, 1990 BS at Singhadurbar, during the time of Juddha Shumsher.
= For public cinema show opened up from 2004 BS.
= The making of Nepali films is said to have begun with D. B. Pariyar's Satya Harishchandra, which was the first Nepali Language film to be shot. It was produced from Kolkata, India, and was released on September 14, 1951 (2007BS). This movie was first screened in Nepal at Narayanhiti Palace for King Tribhuvan.
= The first film produced within Nepal was a News Reel of Birthday Celebration of King Mahendra (Shree Panch Mahendra ko Bayalisau Subhajanmosav) by the Publicity Department in 2018 BS.
= Aama was the first Nepali film produced and released on October 7, 1964 (2022). It was produced by the Information Department of His Majesty's Government of Nepal (now Government of Nepal). “Aama”- was directed by Hira Singh Khatri (from Dehradun, India) with the lead actors Shiva Shanker Manandhar and Bhuwan Chand, who are regarded as the first actors in the history of the Nepali film industry. Aama was produced to highlight the ideologies of Panchayat system.
= Hijo Aaja Bholi (2024) and Paribartan (2027) were other propaganda films produced by the then Government. These three black & white movies were directed by Hirasing Khatri and produced by the Government.
= These films were screened in different rural and urban areas of Nepal during Royal visits to motivate people towards Panchayat system.
= The first Nepali film to be produced under a private banner was Maitighar, which was released at the end of 1966 (2023) by Sumonanjali Films Pvt. Ltd. Although it was a Nepali film, it had many Indians contributing toward the making of the film. Mala Sinha had the lead role, along with C P Lohani. This Nepali film was directed by B S Thapa (From Dehradun, India) and music scored by Jaidev, a veteran music maestro, it had Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, and Manna Dey, all

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