How Nepali Movies Exploit Children — They Aren’t Adults!

Nepal has the strange distinction of being a country that is educated yet backward. Although we’re officially counted as a developing country, with more college graduates being produced every year, we still haven’t acknowledged numerous essential issues. One of these issues that we’ve failed to discuss is the open exploitation of children, especially how Nepali movies sexualize children.

 

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Nepali media is rife with inaccurate and frankly dangerous misrepresentation of children’s behavior. In an attempt to appeal to broader viewership, Nepali filmmakers are all too eager to make romantic stories featuring tiny kids — and these films are made without any form of deeper awareness.


The end result is a skewed, money-making perception that makes its way into the way these child actors are dressed and the unbearable dialogues that are given to them. Never would you hear a literal child go, “Timro maan saarai kamalo cha” in real life. But the creators of movies like Anurag and Nai Na Bhannu La seem to disagree.


1. Anuraag


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Sure, it’s realistic enough for children to have little crushes on each other. The problem is how the creators have completely missed the mark while showing how it actually pans out. So, we can’t help but feel a sense of discomfort while watching these scenes — which are clearly written by adults, and ones with no true sense of what kind of impact their creations might have.


2. Nai Na Bhannu La


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Once again, who decided to give these middle schoolers ‘romantic’ scenes? In no way does it make sense for these filmmakers to copy-paste what THEY would do in a romantic setting and apply it to a movie depiction of a childhood crush. Children should be presented as children — that’s the beginning and the end of the matter.


While we can excuse these for being cute interactions, the sexualization of especially little girls is blatantly obvious.


3. Tama Pittal Song


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The TikTok famous Gurans Dhakal was barely eighteen while playing a love interest in this music video. So apparently, nowhere in the process of shooting, editing and posting did anyone wonder if a minor dancing intimately with an adult to the lyrics “tama pital timlai paye jyan hunthyo shittal” was creepy.


The undertones begin to appear intentional when you realize that the sexualization of young girls has been going on since earlier generations, with lyrics such as “sorha barsey jawaani”.

 

4. Chahanchu Song


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Some might defend this by saying that it’s just acting, no big deal. However, the scenes were shot in real life and someone made a conscious decision of casting a literal teenager to play the love interest of an old man.


5. Carreng Gang


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It’s infuriating to see that they’re compromising children’s physical safety too. The infamous movie Carreng Gang features a toddler-looking child as the main antagonist. If this wasn’t bizarre enough, we then see a series of action scenes with a literal child murdering people as a mafia boss.


The plot aside, what were the creators thinking when they shot a scene with actual FIRE. How did his guardians even sign up for this? We know nothing dangerous happened, but things could’ve gone south easily in that setting.


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