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Domestic claustrophobia

April 30, 2013


KATHMANDU, April 30 -- Audiences want to watch different kinds of good film s," says Joes Pandey. "And with Sanghuro, I believe we've made a film that is to a great extent different as well as good." The soon-to-be-released film is Pandey's directorial debut and is based on the chaos that comes as an inevitable aspect of a lower middle-class family forced to share a single room within its living quarters. The emotional and psychological distress that ensues as members are expected to negotiate their personal freedom within such a cramped space takes up a sizeable portion of the film .

"The characters of my film are only representatives of a larger world scenario," says Pandey, pointing out that it is a story of many lower middle-class families in Nepal. "It could also represent the situation in other countries with culture and traditions similar to ours," he adds.

Pandey appears confident

about his film and is assured that Sanghuro will be able to connect with different kinds of audiences. "The film is linear, short and simple. Audiences won't have a problem understanding what's happening onscreen."

Sanghuro is marked by the involvement of people who not only work in film s, but also hold relevant academic qualifications. Director Pandey himself was a first batch student of Oscar Film College. Binod Poudel, who conceptualised the story and wrote the screenplay, is an alumnus and incumbent principal of the college. Cinematographer Sushan Prajapati and editor Anjaya Khadka are also its alumni. "Even the direction unit had a lot of students from Oscar Film College. It was like a college reunion of sorts," claims Pandey.

The same team was behind Awaken Eyes, a 2007 short film that was screened in numerous international film festivals to critical acclaim. "Since the idea worked in the short film , we decided to try it out in a feature film ," says Pandey, adding that the team is confident that the story will click with audiences.

Sanghuro stars newcomer Sushank Mainali along with Diya Maskey and Dayahang Rai in the lead roles. Mainali and Maskey play a married couple forced to refrain from physical intimacy as their mother also sleeps in the same room. Pandey likes to refer to his film as a 'social fiction drama' and the screenplay is engaging and witty. "We are hoping for some positive word-of-mouth responses to create buzz about the film ," he says.

The film has been in the works since 2006 and is finally set to hit the big screen. Earlier scheduled to release on April 26, Sanghuro is now slated for a May 10 release.

"We're not going to say we have made a perfect film since that is not really achievable. But despite its few flaws, Sanghuro has a lot of good qualities. That much I can assure," says the director.

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