Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen)
The director, Min Bahadur Bham has presented the movie, “Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen)” brilliantly. The cast and crew have really done a wonderful job shooting the movie in such a rural area with maintaining all the beauties that a movie needs. The innocent and genuine act, originality in the story, the settings and the scenic beauty of Mugu district has contributed so much to make this movie worth watching.
The movie certainly is entertaining because of the two protagonist characters (Prakash and Kiran). No doubt, Prakash has completely stolen the show. It revolves around them. Their inseparable friendship though the Nepali society divides them by cast has been one of the beautiful parts of the movie. Their journey to find the missing hen, which they raised with the hopes of pursuing their study by selling its eggs, brings something to them, which they were completely oblivious about.
The analogy shown in the movie was phenomenal:
“Turning a white hen into a black one representing the impact on peaceful Nepali community by the Maoist insurgency time.”
Maiost Insurgency Impacts via Kalo Pothi:
The movie has carried a number of lessons/analogies/meanings but the main motto was to broadcast the heart-rending story of Nepal. The Maoist insurgency time so-called Civil war of Nepal back in 1996-2006 brought an immense turnaround indeed. In that period of time, many youths had to unwillingly join Maoist army and fight for their so-called rebel.
Thousands of lives were lost, some left disabled, families were incomplete and children were dropped out of school. Moreover, the peaceful land turned into a war ground, the dry lands were moistened by the blood of innocent people and the fresh air was defiled by the gun powder. It was a huge loss in the history of Nepal and the movie has fairly shown this in simple way. And the most intelligent thing done by the director was to show the war in a balanced way not taking anyone’s part.
In a nutshell:
From a normal viewer’s eyes, the movie looks quite incomplete or short. The abrupt ending of the movie might have dissatisfied some of the viewers. However, the core theme of the movie was pulled out successfully.
The movie contains some long and silent shots, which could be boring for some viewers but actually have ponderous messages. And that kissing scene by ‘Prabin Khatiwada’ and ‘Benisha Hamal’ seems absurd in between such a story-line. But, nonetheless the movie has succeeded to take the next step in the Nepali movie industry.