Wednesday, August 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 'Aarakshan' sees different aarakshan in Nepal

'Aarakshan' sees different aarakshan in Nepal
IANS Aug 14, 2011, 05.34pm IST

While Bollywood director Prakash Jha's new film "Aarakshan", based on
India's system of seat reservations for the disadvantaged Dalit
community in educational institutions, has triggered controversy in
the subcontinent, its release in Nepal Friday saw a different kind of

For the owners of the Jai Nepal multiplex in Kathmandu, one of the
swankiest theatres in the Nepali capital, Friday night saw spectacular
business with all seats for the evening show sold out.

This was due to a chapter of the Rotary Club booking the hall for a
charity show to raise money for medical treatment.

The Rotary Club of Durbarmarg has begun a fund donation drive to raise
money for patients who need blood for major surgeries but can't afford
the tests required to see if the donor's blood group and the
recipient's are compatible.

Cancer specialist Rajendra Baral, who also heads the Durbarmarg
chapter of the club, said seed money of NRS.70,000 (a little less than
Rs.45,000) had been raised from the charity show.

Despite occasional brushes with censors, Bollywood films remain one of
the most popular fund-raisers for charitable projects in Nepal.

While Aarakshan has been banned in some Indian states, it has received
medium acclaim in Nepal so far.

However, Jha's earlier release in Nepal, " Rajneeti" starring Katrina
Kaif, was well received with Nepal's leading politicians also turning
up to watch the film on politics.

One of the most popular Nepali films of 2010, "Bato muni ko phool"
(The flower by the roadside) directed by Suroj Subba was on the issue
of untouchability.

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