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Deeya Maskey ...
Diya
Nisha Adhikari ...
Kiran
Saugat Malla ...
Kiran's Brother
Basundhara Bhusal ...
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Nirmal Nisar ...
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Rajendra Man Shakya ...
Diya's father
Laxmi Giri ...
Diya's mother
Sunita Thakura ...
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Bharat Maharjan ...
Diya's brother-in-law
Subarna Thapa ...
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Prakash Ghimire ...
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Independent and strong-willed Diya, now 22 years of age, is training to be a traditional Nepalese dancer. She forms a deep escalating friendship with another dance pupil, Kiran. Her feelings clearly border on physical desire. She is desolate when her parents find a suitable man for her to marry. Meanwhile, her closeness to Kiran becomes passionate and they become lovers. Diya breaks off her engagement. The two young women decide to live together. The open avowal of their relationship exposes them to ridicule and alienation. How their strength makes them surmount these hardships forms the climax of the film. Written by jerry010

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Soongava - The Dance of the Orchids  »

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Why can't people just let them be happy?
12 November 2013 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The Nepalese film Soongava was shown in the United States with the title, Soongava: Dance of the Orchids (2012). The movie was written and directed by Subarna Thapa.

Nisha Adhikari plays Kiran, a university student who falls in love with Diya (Deeya Maskey), who is studying to be a traditional Nepalese dancer. They are a wonderful couple, and everyone would be fine if people would just leave them alone to move forward with their lives.

However, predictably, family, landlords, and school principals find ways to make it impossible for the women to lead normal lives. The final denouement is precipitated by an arranged marriage.

My mental image of Nepal is a remote, rural country. No doubt there are areas like that in Nepal, but the women live in a neighborhood that could be in any Asian urban area. I just didn't know there were Nepalese cities like that.

What lifts this film above the ordinary is the Nepalese dance. During the credits, Deeya Maskey dances for us in full traditional costume. She is so graceful, and her body is so supple and well-trained, that this dance is a highlight of the movie.

We saw Soongava at the Dryden Theatre as part of Image Out: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival. I think it will work better on a large screen, but it's worth seeking out and viewing on a small screen.


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