Dhaari Nhaaba – A Movie Not to Be Missed
The veteran director, Kesang P. Jigme has used all the magic tricks in his bag again to weave a compelling narrative.
By Chencho Dema | Business Bhutan
If you are a Bhutanese movie buff, you are in for a treat this season. The latest Bhutanese movie to hit the local theatre is Dhaari Nhaaba. It premiered in Thimphu last week.
It is one of the recipients of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award in the recent Bhutan National Film Awards.
The movie is essentially about parenting values and it conveys the message that good begets good and that these values are first cultivated at home.
Another gem of a movie by Kesang P. Jigme
One would assume that such a humane and mundane message has all the ingredients to make a movie boring. But do not be surprised to discover that the veteran director, Kesang P. Jigme has used all the magic tricks in his bag again to weave a compelling narrative.
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Adding warmth to the story is the veteran actor Gyem Dorji who plays the role of a poor farmer living in the remote village of Phobjikha in Wangduephodrang.
When his ailing wife died, he had to take care of his two sons by himself. But he did it with grace and did not let poverty get in the way.
He even sold the last of his cattle to educate his younger son while the elder volunteered to drop out of school.
When the younger son, played by actor Chencho Dorji graduated and found a good job in Thimphu, he brought his father to live with him.
The father developed a special relationship with his grand-daughter – played by the cutest star of the Bhutanese film industry, the seven-year-old Kuenzang Lhamo.
The grandfather-granddaughter duo soon became best friends and shared moments that would move you to tears.
They essentially replaced the hero-running-behind-his-love scenes that have become the trademark of the usual Bhutanese movies, courtesy to their Bollywood and Korean counterparts that have continued to inspire local romantic comedies.
Expect the unexpected
In the case of Dhaari Nhaaba, Bhutanese movie-goers can expect to watch a movie with a difference this time.
It is difficult not to admit that the movie is a moral-trodden work of art but you would find it difficult to leave your seat because the director has done his homework and delivered well.
Typical of Kesang P. Jigme’s directorial style, his signature scenes of kerosene lamps and the full moon light up the entire cinematographic experience which will captivate you.
At the recent National Film Awards, the movie bagged all the highly coveted category of cash awards - the best movie for Culture, Dzongkha Language and Youth apart from the Prime Minister’s Award. The cash prize the movie bagged totalled an impressive Nu 1.2 million.
Kesang P. Jigme is also the director of Serga Mathang, which was voted the best movie and he took home the debut Prime Minister’s Award last year.
This is his 14th movie as a director and his other popular works include Ata Yongba, Sangwai Charo and Sem Ghi Jurwa.
This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the new Bhutan Times.