Ghamad Shere, releasing this week in Nepali theatres is the story of a stubborn idiot (ghamad, literally means so) named Sher Bahadur, who ends up filing case against a stream that floods his newly purchased piece of land where he has seen his future. As a foreign employment returnee from Qatar and a firm believer in the rule of law, he voices against all types of corruption anywhere he happens to encounter, albeit getting backfired most of the time. The movie revolves around the suffering Shere goes through because of his own innocence and idiocy, but he also has his own way of fixing the system or say, his life as well.
Along with Sher Bahadur, all other characters you see in the movie are ones you come across in your everyday life if you visit any rapidly urbanizing rural hills of Nepal. There is a wife (SushmaNiraula) who wishes to have a better life out of her husband’s (Shere, Nischal Basnet) income from his foreign employment. There is a politician who is also a land broker and construction materials supplier. There are publicly elected officials who politicalize a commoner’s mishap in their own interest but get along with other politicians at the end anyways. And of course there are local goons who always side with politicians for their own gain.
Ghamad Shere wins your heart as a committed husband and as a helpless youth who wants to quit going abroad to make his living with the will to do something in his own country. He trusts everyone easily, drinks and befriends everyone but is conned in a deal. Yet he doesn’t lose his faith and keeps fighting against the culprits and the system as well in parts. However, when he is deceived by his own one, he falls flat and starts drowning his sorrows. There is this interesting subtlety about the way Shere’s interaction with his society is showcased. Despite that Shere always does what his heart says, people in the society seem to sympathize him, for deep down he is always a person of good intention hit by a chain of misfortune.
Yet he never loses his way of fighting the system, never shows filmy heroism and never threatens the social balance by being political or acting as a revolutionary. And at the end, he gets what he deserves. Dialogues sound lazily crafted at times, but they arerooted to the society it belongs to, and hence feel natural. Characterizationand curiosity as to what happens at the end are the highlights of the movie. Background score is alright and the dance number is already hit in YouTube. I hope enough homework was done in studying the constitution and in factual representation of the role of local bodies and that of the Deputy Mayor of a municipality, which is very essential to the authenticity of the movie’s turn of events. Movie making is a team effort that requires the best effort on all fronts.
Hence directors must take note that only by avoiding slips no matter how small they are, can a venture be turned into a good product. Performance-wise, Nischal is endearing as the titular character, you would root for him to succeed in life. Swastima looks believable as Shere’s sister-in-law and a local English teacher. They share amazing chemistry. Though loud at times, Sushma also stands on her own as Shere’swily wife.
Roydeep looks charming as well as convincing as a police inspector who shows interest in Swastima’s character. GauriMalla has a small but important role. However, no information was given as to why she spoke as if Nepali was her second language despite the fact that her caste was ‘Thapa’, as mentioned in her office desk as a Deputy Mayor of the municipality,which is typical of a Native Nepali speaker. Some minor character’s performance could have been better.
Second half of the movie flows much slower and some scenes such as Shere’s drunken stupor in which he rambles about in the town and goes to express his sorrows to his sister-in-law could’ve been shortened to make the movie much sharper. During some time in the second half, affair between Shere and his sister-in-law takes movie into another direction, making viewers forget about the movie’s main plot of Shere’s struggle against his own misfortune, in partscaused by the system. Some loose ends should have been tied well, importantly the one sided affair of local inspector with Shere’s sister-in-law.
Ghamad Shere entertains, adjusts itself well into the changed political scenario of the country, and also manages to educate the new system in place. Above all, it is a pure social drama that is grounded to the social reality of the Hilly regions of the country. It never excites you or makes you want to holler in the theater, rather it slowly grows into you, and you will like it, especially the ending which is adjusted into the new political reality of Nepal. And the conclusion imparted, with some cinematic liberty of course, is very practical.
Producer: Hemraj BC/Simosh Sunuwar
Director: Hemraj BC
Cast: Nischal Basnet, Swastima Khadka, Sushma Niraula, Gauri Malla, Badal Bhatta, Lokendra Lekhak, Roydeep Shrestha, Saroj Aryal