APASAKHA, a Nepali mystery movie

APASAKHA is a directorial venture of Dayaram Dahal. The plot is based on the pre-democratic time and during the time when the Kings were in power. It is the story of two friends who went to Banaras for studying Astrology and other scripts. The story of ego, jealously and betrayal is wonderfully portrayed in the movie.

The movie starts with two friends Ghanashyam and Sudarshan returning back to their homeland Nepal from Banaras. On the way, they hear a crow caw and both of them predict what the crow is saying. Both of them make the exact prediction and later Sudarshan suggests that they make a prediction on the quantity of curd in the closed vessel carried by a man. He encourages his friend to make a bet and says whoever loses the bet will be the slave of the winner forever. Ghanashyam agrees and they make their predictions. However, Sudarshan loses. Back in the village, Ghanashyam’s mother and his wife are eagerly waiting for him to come but he does not return. Instead, he sends a letter with Sudarshan saying he will return only after passing the exam that he had failed. The letter contains four letters of Nepali alphabets A Pa Sa Kha. No one could interpret the letter in the entire village as well as in the neighboring village. The mother and wife go to Nepal (as Kathmandu was called back then) in order to solve the mystery.

The entire movie revolves around the four letters, trying to solve the puzzle desperately. The movie is little predictable when it comes to why Ghanashyam did not come back home but it is the ‘how did he get lost?” part that keeps the audience going. The movie is part mystery and part flashback. It tells the story of how pride overtakes a man’s senses and how jealously and ego lead a man to commit crime.

The movie is based on the pre-democratic period. During that time, the concept of ‘an eye for an eye’ was followed by the caretakers of justice but capital punishments for Brahmins were still considered a sin. Also the Sati (burning alive on the husband’s death pyre) system was still prevalent. The presentation of the movie is good and the actors have done a good job. The storyline is far better than the clichéd Nepali film script of present. The concept is very good and the best part of the movie is the interpretation of the title APASAKHA, which obviously is the end part. APASAKHA, although released a long time ago, is a good flick to catch up.