Aama Movie (1964):
Aama (Nepali: आमा, English: ’Mother’) is a Nepali film, starring Shiva Shankar Manandhar, Bhuwan Chand, Chaitya Devi, Basundhara Bhusal, Hira Singh Khatri and Hari Prasad Rimal. The film was released on 7 October 1964. After the release, Aama became the first Nepalese film to be produced in Nepal.
Aama was directed by Hira Singh Khatri in his directorial debut and written by Durga Shrestha and Chaitya Devi, while the film was produced by King Mahendra of Nepal under the banner of Information Department of Government of Nepal (formally Royal Nepal Film Corporation). The film’s post-production and indoor filming were mainly done in Kolkata, India.
King Mahendra had requested that a prominent Bollywood filmmaker Hira Singh Khatri direct the movie as the movie was intended to subtly promote the government and the system of monarchy.
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), films which were used to convey patriotism to Nepalese citizens.
|Release date||7 October 1964 (Nepal)|
|Starring||Shiva Shankar Manandhar|
Hari Prasad Rimal
|Directed by Hira||Singh Khatri|
|Written by||Durga Shrestha|
|Production company||Information Department of Government of Nepal|
Aama Movie Story:
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 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.
Aama Movie Cast and Characters:
- Shiva Shankar Manandhar
- Bhuwan Chand
- Basundhara Bhusal
- Chaitya Devi
- Hari Prasad Rimal
- Uttam Nepali
- Hira Singh Khatri
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Aama Movie Release Date:
The film Aama was premiered on 7 October 1964, in the Kathmandu Valley. After the release, Aama became the first Nepalese film to be produced in Nepal.