“Would you like to go to this charity screening of a Nepali movie,” asked Adwait ji, my supervisor.
At first, the prospect of going to watch a Nepali movie did not appeal to me that much. The last Nepali movie I had seen was “Loot“and I’m very picky about watching movies in the vernacular.
Loot was a superb flick showcasing the lives of “partners in crime” who collaborate just to loot a bank and then continue with their own life separately with the plunder.
However, of late, Nepali movies have started losing their charm and uniqueness because they tend to emulate Bollywood flicks.
Thanks to three of my buddies from work, Bikesh, Rabindra and Sudip, I changed my mind and finally went to see Punte Parade.
Punte depicts a teenager who wants to grab the attention of those around him, or, in other words, he wants to be the center of attention of everything and everybody. Switching between reality and dreams of the teenager, the movie, for me, revolves around the psychology of most people of Punte’s age who have the strong desire to steal the show irrespective of the consequences.
Although the first half of the movie seems to be a bit boring with the boy pondering (wondering, rather) about his life.
The old adage “Grass is greener on the other side” comes alive in the life of the character who, in the second half of the flick, runs away from his family and friends just to prove his worth or make his kith and kin feel his absence.
What I really liked about the movie was the transition Punte experiences after he runs away and comes back to his home after spending some reckless moments roaming around the major parts of the Kathmandu city including the tourist hub Thamel.
At the end what Punte realizes is that life is more than just fantasies and then he comes to terms with the way people and circumstances present themselves. Carpe Diem is what the flick asks of all of us.
A child of a young team of self-driven personalities, Punte Parade is a message to Nepali filmmakers that they need to seriously start thinking about making movies with depth and meaning.
More photos and a ticket of the charity screening of Punte Parade
Fanta, a character from the movie Punte Parade, with yours truly