Indian film director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi has said that he wants to see Nepali actors in Indian films.
In an interaction organized by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center on Sunday evening, he said that there are many similarities between Nepal and India in terms of language and culture and opined that Nepali actors can work in the Indian film industry.
“In India, there are many actors who have come from different countries and established themselves in the film industry,” he said, “but the number of Nepali actors is small, while our language and culture are compatible to a large extent.”
Dr. Dwivedi, who is also an actor and a writer, also made it clear that the auditions for the next two films he will produce will be held in Nepal. He said that script writing for that movie is going on and Nepali actors will be cast.
He recalled that a long time ago, he planned to bring Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan to Nepal for shooting.
“I also looked at some locations to bring Amitabh Bachchan to Nepal for shooting, but I thought that it would not be possible to shoot because of the crowd at the airport,” he said, “Now I am wondering if I was wrong.”
He said that he came to Nepal in 2004 and mentioned about Chitwan in an Indian movie. Dwivedi directed the teleserial ‘Chanakya’ which was aired in 1991. He also wrote and acted in Chanakya. In the interaction, he discussed about three decades of experience related to movies.
The interaction was attended by actor Rajesh Hamal, actress Suraksha Pant, director Kumar Bhaskar, Naresh Paudel, Purnendu Jha, actors Kamalmani Nepal, Bholaraj Sapkota, writer Samipyaraj Timalsena and others.
Actor Hamal welcomed director Dwivedi to Nepal and discussed about Indian movies.
“There are people in Nepal who understand the Hindi language even though to some extent through movies,” he said to Dwivedi, “Your work is discussed here as well.”
Hamal said that Nepali and Indian artists are connected through movies.
Director Dr. Dwivedi has directed movies Pinjar, Z Plus, Mohalla Assi, Samrat Prithviraj and TV series Mrityunjay, Ek Aur Mohabbat, Upanishad Ganga, Surajya Samhita. He co-produced the Indian movie ‘Ram Sethu’ with actor Akshay Kumar in 2022.