the young director, has come up with his second movie, Army. First, Army is
the first film that depicts the bravery of the Royal Nepal Army, fighters
more popularly known as the Gorkhali ( or Gurkhas or Gorkhas aboard); and it
is a film in which Royal Nepalese army personnel themselves have had a role.
Director Basnet has left no stone unturned to make the film sound.
Secondly, the film appears to be very relevant in today's political context.
In other words, army depicts how capable the Royal Nepal Army is in fighting
domestic terrorism and maintaining national integrity. And it could be a
mere coincidence that the film has been released in the capital at a time
when talks are being held between the government and the Maoists who have
been waging an insurgency for the past six years to set up a republican
Army is an action film. And the story of the film revolves around the
everyday life of the army men. The film begins with a commando training and
ends with the success of the same commandos in foiling the plans of the
terrorists to attack the capital with a deadly missile in a life-and-death
struggle. In the course of the tough commando training, army officials
remember their lives in college. Director Basnet shows their college days in
a series of flashbacks that make the film even more interesting.
These flashbacks depict how Dambar(Rajendra Khadgi) and Prithivi (Samrat
Sapkota), two friends in college, turn into great enemies over Nisha(Jal
Shah). This enimity between the two friends continues forever, with Dambar
joining the underworld and Prithivi the Royal Nepal Army.
Indeed, the entire plot of Army develops in parallels: the army men working
for the welfare of the country, and the underworld plotting intrigues
against the nation. And director Basnet does justice by eliminating the foes
of the nation in the end.
Besides presenting the honesty and bravery of the army men, the film also
tries to show how some of the corrupt politicians as well as the police
officers join hands with the underworld. Action and fighting scenes are the
major assets of Army. Excessive use of firepower gun battle will thrill the
audience. The use of missiles is relatively new to Nepalese films.
The title song and dialogues full of patriotic feelings are just as
matching. The well-choreographed dances in which artistes ranging from
Saranga Shrestha to Melina Manandhar to veteran actors like Bhimbar Singh
Thapa participate are interesting.
For Lokendra Karki and Samrat Sapkota, the principal actors, Army could
propel them to new heights as the two had failed to improve their image in
films after the complete failure of 'Lokendra' Hatiyar and Samrat's Rajkumar.