‘Bir Bikram 2’ Review: An Emotionally Satisfying Homage to Movies About Friendship

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RUPAK RISAL
Rating 3/5

Nepali movie industry is going to be flooded with sequels this year. And there are two sequels hitting the theatre this very weekend; one being Bir Bikram 2, a sequel to Bir Bikram (2016). However, worry not dear viewers, for the story of this installment is completely independent of its predecessor. On that note, let’s call this latest affair Bir Bikram part 2.

Despite following a different storyline, there are some resemblance one can notice between the two if you have seen the first installment. Three boys wishing for one girl, one messenger cum comic relief, antagonist with a gray character, rural mountainous setting, and above all, story of sacrifice and friendship. However, this second installment is the better version of almost everything the first installment had.

Buddhi Tamang in as Bagh bahadur from the still of Bir Bikram 2.

Bir Bikram 2 starts with the story of a friendship and ends with signifying its importance in one’s life. Writer Pradeep Bhardwaj has penned an effective story, which has enough layers of conflicts to engage the viewers till the end. The best thing about the movie is that the drama takes the front seat and not the characters, hence you won’t be rooting for any characters but only focus on enjoying the twists and the drama. The story is rightly assisted by smooth screenplay, interesting characters and a few back stories.

At the beginning however, not enough or convincing information is given why the friendship between Bir and Bikram was so deep. And perhaps a few moments among the boys and the girl before they fell for the same girl would have been more satisfying. Both of the boys seemingly head over heels for the girl right from the beginning gives viewers some head scratching moments.

Barsha Siwakoti in as Badal from the still of Bir Bikram 2.

Unlike many ventures being churned out in our tinsel town these days, this affair follows movie grammar to some extent. Despite characters are not well established, conflict is set right at the beginning without wasting any time, which prepares viewers for the actual ride. Despite the shaky start, makers gradually have a grip over the story and drama.

The movie gets too melodramatic at times; Paul Shah’s facial expression could do a lot to make viewers feel convinced about his character. Unnecessary uses of foreign locales for song sequences could have been avoided to keep the viewers attached to the setting of the story. What happens to Barsha during the climax seem hard to believe (that something like that could happen to someone).

The entire climax could have been shortened to sharpen the final act. Controlled performances from all, however Buddhi Tamangis overly dramatic at the beginning. His performance is much more convincing in the second half.

Najir Hussein and Paul Shah in as Bir and Bikram from the still of Bir Bikram 2.

For movie lovers, it can be apparent that this movie is imprinted with means and formulas borrowed from Hollywood (split recently), Bollywood (Sholay, Gunday, 80’s comedic villains) and Nepali movies (Deuta, 3 boys eyeing the same girl, even the song). However, viewers can be consoled about the end result as the final outcome is very original and the resolution part gives the movie a new height.

Nepali movie industry has had a plenty of love stories, comedies, and action movies in recent times. However, it has been a while Nepali movie goers have been dished out movies about friendship. That’s also a reason why it feels fresh to watch this venture. Viewers can thoroughly enjoy this affair if they can ignore some occasional jerks.

Producer: Milan Chams
Director: Milan Chams
Screenplay : Pradeep Bhardwaj
Cast: Paul Shah, Barsha Siwakoti, Najir Hussain, Buddi Tamang, Desh Bhakta Khanal, Binisha Bhandari, Binod Subedi Khatri (Kshitz)et al.

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