Nepali blockbuster Kusume Rumal
Kusume Rumal, a movie released in 1985 was one of the most successful Nepali romantic movies of all times. Directed by Tulsi Ghimire, this blockbuster movie is a love triangle between the lead actors Bhuwan KC, Tripti Nadekar and Udit Narayan. Yes, Udit Nayaran has actually acted on a movie and it was his first. The movie was produced by Sumitra Poudel under the banner of Sayapatri Films and twenty-five years later, her son directed Kusume Rumal-2 which was like a sequel to it. It was also a love triangle and was portrayed as the story of the children of the original star casts.
The story features a Tripti as a daughter of former army man Nir Shah, now retired and living on a village as a landlord. Bhuwan KC works for him and falls in love with the rich man’s daughter while he teaches her songs to perform at her college. Tripti, however, is in love with her classmate played by Udit Narayan and it is a two-sided love. Their parents happen to be best friends separated by an earthquake that stroke their village who had promised that their children will be married when they grow up. However, one of her classmate (the villain in the movie), who also has one-sided crush on her meets her father and explains that both of them are in love and her father, believing it to be true, sets up and engagement date to surprise his daughter. The rest is how they overcome the villain’s evil attempts and successfully get married to the love of their love, or I should say her life.
The movie was a huge success at the box office as it became the highest grossing movie of the time until the record was broke in 2001 by another movie Darpan Chaya by Tulsi Ghimire. It was the first Nepali movie to spend twenty five weeks in the box office top ten lists and become the first actual Nepali blockbuster. Hence, it deserves at least on watch.