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Official Selection

Bulbul

Nepal I 116 mins I  Drama I 2019 I Nepali w/ English subtitles

Ranakala is sustaining her life as a tempo driver in Kathmandu. She lives in limbo, waiting for news of her husband who ventured abroad six years ago and has neither visited nor sent funds, leaving Ranakala to care for her paralyzed father-in-law and their daughter. Yet increasingly, she cannot ignore her own unfulfilled desires for companionship.  

In the midst of these disappointments, Chopendra, 29, makes an entrance. He helps her get passengers and makes her laugh with his easy wit. The two grow close and, despite her reservations, love blooms.

And yet, a strange ambiguity hangs over their new life. Can Ranakala and Chopendra's dreams flourish in these conditions? BULBUL is a unique and engaging modern love story, made with humor, style, and a welcome focus on women's working and private lives. These qualities and more earned it a place as Nepal's official submission for the 92nd Academy Awards.  

+ This program includes short film, THE LAST RIGHTS

VIRTUAL SCREENING + Q&A
SUN. APRIL 18 - 7:30PM CT 

About the Artist

Binod Paudel was born in 1978 in Kapilbastu, Nepal. He is Nepal-based filmmaker and one of the pioneers of the academic study of film-making in Nepal. He wrote the critically acclaimed SAANGHURO, a social drama focusing on the struggles of a newly married couple, which received numerous awards including the National Award (Nepal) and the SAARC Film Festival Best Fiction - Jury Award. 

Combining documentary aesthetics with narrative acumen and an understanding of international distribution, Binod focuses on developing new, accessible stories that connect South Asia to the world.

He was recently honored with the 2019 National Award for Best Director. BULBUL is his feature debut. 

Trailer

Thank you to our community partners for this screening, The South Asia Institute at UT- Austin and the Austin Film Commission and the Austin Film Society!

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Credits

Cast

WASTIMA KHADKA

MUKUN BHUSAL

JOES PANDEY

LAXMI BARDEWA

DIPAK CHHETRI

UJWAL ADHIKARI

ALINA KARKI

Additional Vocals & Music 


Vocal:                RAJINA RIMAL

                          NISCHAL BASNET

Music:               KOSHISH CHHETRI

                          UDGAM PARIYAR

Arrangement:  UDGAM PARIYAR

                          UDAY RAJ PAUDEL

Lyrics:               KOSHISH CHHETRI

                          MANIKALA PAUDEL

Publicity Team

Publicity Design: UJJWAL SHRESTHA


Logo Design: SUSHIL SAURABH

Crew

Writer/Director:        BINOD PAUDEL

Producer(s):               PRALHAD THAPA (ABEERAL)

                                     BHIM THAPA

                                     RAJU PAUDEL

                                     JOES PANDAY

                                     PURUSHOTTAM PANDAY

Cinematographer:      SUSHAN PRAJAPATI

Sound Design/Mix:    UTTAM NEUPANE

Executive Producer:   RAMRAJA DAHAL

Chief Asst. Director:   BIBEK LAMA

Asst. Directors:            BISHAL DOTEL

                                     PRABIN PURKOTI

                                     SUJATA GURUNG

Prod. Manager:          GAGAN SHRESTHA

Make-up:                     BIKRAM THAPA

Colourist:                     RAJENDRA MOKTAN