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Soongava: Dance of the Orchids (2012)

Soongava (original title)
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 ... See full summary »


Subarna Thapa


Subarna Thapa
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Credited cast:
Deeya Maskey Deeya Maskey ... Diya
Nisha Adhikari Nisha Adhikari ... Kiran
Saugat Malla Saugat Malla ... Kiran's Brother
Basundhara Bhusal Basundhara Bhusal ... Kiran's mother
Nirmal Nisar Nirmal Nisar ... Kiran's father
Rajendra Man Shakya Rajendra Man Shakya ... Diya's father
Laxmi Giri Laxmi Giri ... Diya's mother
Sunita Thakura Sunita Thakura ... Diya's sister
Bharat Maharjan Bharat Maharjan ... Diya's brother-in-law
Subarna Thapa ... Diya's fiance
Prakash Ghimire Prakash Ghimire ... Principal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Menuka Pradhan Menuka Pradhan


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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is a peaceful river flowing softly.
4 January 2013 | by grunge_jucySee all my reviews

Soongava-Dance of the Orchids is a peaceful river flowing softly. The simple story with bitter reality of our society is beautifully presented by Subarna Thapa. He has blended the culture along with the modernism. We can see the Newari culture which is beautifully presented by both the Director and actors. Saugat Malla has not got the lead here, but his presence charms the movie.

Soongava is a love story of two girls, who regard themselves as their best friend, Kiran(Nisha Adhikari) and Deeya(DiyaMaskey). Kiran is so sure about her relationship with Deeya, while Deeya hides her engagement with a guy ,as she is confused about their uncomforted relationship. Deeya has to take a her decision of her life, and she does and the has to face the societal consequences.

Nisha Adhikari has done a good job and DiyaMaskey is also okay. Few moments Nisha Adhikari is at her peek, as in the climax dance sequence. The overall performance of all the actors is good. In some places, the use of English language seems quite unnatural. Subarna Thapa has presented the awkward uncomfortable moments so beautifully.

The overall technical aspect is good. The audio syncing is much better than other recent Nepali digital cinema so is the cinematography. Despite the average plot, it is a worth watching.

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Release Date:

4 January 2012 (Nepal) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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