Actor Bipin Karki is among the most valuable performers that the Nepali film industry has today. Without fail, Bipin Karki has continuously delivered some of the best movies that Nepal has seen. Seated far from the artificial world of Nepali glamour and superstars, Karki is a man who takes his craft with the utmost seriousness. Over the years, he has given us some memorable characters in Nepali cinema and entertained us with his power-packed performances.
Most recently, he is slated to appear in his first Bollywood production with the film Animal. He is reported to have a sizable role in the film alongside Indian film stars such as Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, and Bobby Deol. As his acting career continues to take new heights, let’s take a look at some of his best work till date.
Here we take a look at 7 best Bipin Karki movies and see where they rank against each other. Enjoy!
You can often tell a good actor by their tendency to try out different, varied roles. Good actors also don’t shy away from playing unlikable characters. Bipin Karki’s character in the 2013 movie Chhadke ticks all these boxes. His performance as the deadbeat youngster named Bindu is the most well-recognized by fans. The movie is a crime action film involving some heavyweights such as Saugat Malla, Dayahang Rai, Arpan Thapa, and Robin Tamang.
Karki was a perfect fit for his character, a loud and bratty youngster who unwittingly gets entangled in a world of high-stakes crime.
Jatra was a commercial comedy film from 2016, directed by Pradip Bhattarai. The movie has been followed by a number of sequels in later years. However, despite its aim towards greater commercial appeal, the movie was praised by viewers for its authentic and catchy comedy performances.
The movie’s plot has become something of a classic in recent comedy flicks of Nepal — a group of friends, down on their luck, stumbles upon a way to get rich quick. But the way to getting there is more complicated that they initially imagined. Bipin Karki plays one of the three leading characters in the movie besides Rabindra Singh Baniya and Rabindra Jha. The movie is an excellent example of Karki’s comedic chops.
Bipin Karki has spoken about what exactly makes his characters so striking, and the formula is quite simple. Given the demands of the cinematic medium, he always puts in the work to get into a character — and this process always involves crafting a distinct vocal pattern and a memorable look. This simple checklist has allowed the talented actor to craft some of the most famous characters in modern Nepali cinema.
But one of the best results of this process of his hides within a lesser known movie called Naaka. A crime drama that deals with human trafficking and border smugglers, it features Karki as a larger-than-life character called Goldie. You will definitely appreciate his heroic confidence in this movie, executed in a style that is uniquely Bipin Karki.
4. Selfie King
Released around the same time as Joaquin Phoenix’s standalone Joker movie, Nepalis initially thought that Selfie King as a cheap copy of that film. However, they were soon illuminated to the truth. Selfie King is a film that sits at drastic oppositions to every trend in Nepali cinema right now, and one can imagine that Bipin Karki was the only person who could have taken the role of the titular character.
The movie tells the story of a famous Nepali comedian known as the Selfie King. Despite his successes among the audience, his personal life is in a turmoil and he seeks to find his self-worth while surrounded by industry colleagues who ridicule him at every turn. The movie was a directorial debut by Bishal Sapkota, and was critically lauded. Selfie King may be considered one of the noteworthy Nepali films of the decade.
Bipin Karki explored his more experimental side with the 2018 film Hari. The movie’s trailer drew a lot of intrigue because of some unique elements. It seemed that Hari was a movie with a single character — Bipin Karki himself. He is a very average office worker, who lives a normal everyday life. But the trailer manages to insert a strange tension that seemed to intrigue viewers.
Bipin Karki’s character in the movie is shown to be a highly religious person who lives his live on the basis of religious tenets taught to him by his parents. One day, a bird flying overhead drops some number two on him — a deeply ominous event. The events of the movie follow Hari as he tries to figure out if the incident means good or bad for his future.
One reason why Bipin Karki is so successful as a dramatic actor in Nepal is because of its ability to balance out his artistic inclinations with commercial appeal. Prasad, released in 2018, is one such film. Grounded in the realities of Nepal, it explores the marital troubles of a loving couple who are unable to beget a child.
7. Pashupati Prasad
Pashupati Prasad features arguably the most famous film performance of Bipin Karki ever. Released in 2016, the movie became an instant classic, telling a universal human story in a location that is most dear and familiar to Nepalis. Led by Khagendra Lamichhane as the titular character, it featured Bipin Karki as swindler and wanna-be gangster Bhasme Don.
As much as viewers praised Lamichhane’s performance as the determined yet innocent village boy, they loved Karki’s performance more. With his raspy voice, funny dialogues, and penchant for playing Candy Crush, he was loved by audiences. Without a doubt Pashupati Prasad is one of the best Bipin Karki movies, and you must be living under a rock if you haven’t watched it already.
And these are some of the best Bipin Karki movies, ranked? Do you agree with our ranking? Follow us and let us know in the comments section below.