â€˜Biggestâ€™ commercial hit of the year attracts sold-out crowds despite torrential downpours
Kathmandu, September 13, 2016:Â Deepashree Niraulaâ€™s debut feature, Chhakka Panja, defied the odds on a wet and rainy weekend to become one of the highest grossing Nepali movies of the year. Having joined the illustrious Rs 1 crore club on Saturday, the movie has ended up grossing north of Rs 25,000,000 over the weekend. The movie hit the screens on Sept 9.
â€œThe response that we have received for the movie has been quite overwhelming,â€ Niraula said in a conversation with the Post, â€œAround the country, the people are saying that the â€˜rains couldnâ€™t dampen Chhakka Panjaâ€™. We knew that the movie would do well, but the phenomenal response we have received has the cast and crew positively over the moon.â€
The film features a 60-person ensemble cast with popular names like Deepak Raj Giri, Shivahari Poudel, Jeetu Nepal, Kedar Ghimire, Buddhi Tamang, and Priyanka Karki in lead roles. The movie which recants a tale of migrant Nepali workers has struck a chord with audiences in both multiplexes in urban centres and single screen halls and remained sold-out all weekend. The movie was released in over 80 movie theatres around the country.
â€œWe have received a fantastic response in Pokhara and Kathmandu,â€ Niraula said, â€œand other urban centres like Narayangadh, Hetauda, Birtamod, Damak and Dharan have seen full occupancies throughout the weekend as well.â€
Niraula, a popular actor herself, said that the great response the movie has received has left her speechless.
â€œThis has been a great experience for me. While an actor, you just concentrate on your role, but as a director you have to concentrate on the roles of the entire cast. So, naturally, I ended up putting in a lot of effort into this debut venture and to see the audiences love the movie is a surreal experience. It is both humbling and encouraging at the same time.â€
Having conquered the Nepali box office, the movie is set for a US and UK release on Sept 17, followed by a launch in Sydney on Sept 18.
The movie was made with a total budget of Rs 9,000,000.