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Film for kids with message on nature

Kalimpong, March 10: Director Tulsi Ghimiray is back in his hometown to shoot a children’s film in Nepali that he hopes will not only entertain but also educate impressionable young minds.

The filming of Swarga Ko Pari (Angel from Heaven) got rolling here today with a muhurat shot that featured Prakriti Bhattarai, an eight-year-old girl from Kathmandu who plays the lead character. Ghimiray has written the script and is also co-producing the film with N. Lama of Namchi in South Sikkim.

The director refused to divulge much about the movie, but said the theme is environment. “As elders, we have a responsibility to spread awareness on the importance of nature among children,” he said.

Although Ghimiray hails from Kalimpong, he has earned his spurs in the Nepali film industry in Kathmandu. “I do believe children’s film, made well, can enjoy commercial success. But more than that what we hope to achieve with this film is become part of the children’s film movement,” he said.

Pari will be shot mainly at various locales in Kalimpong, but some of it will also be filmed in Sikkim. Like always, Ghimiray will have his wife, Bharati, to assist him for this film. “Before I married her she was my assistant and has remained one even after our marriage,” said the director.

The film features actors from Nepal, Sikkim and Kalimpong. “I am playing Prakriti’s mother,” said Sandhya Pradhan, a local actress.

A shy Prakriti only said: “Yes, I am happy to be playing the main character.”

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