Pratap Subba, famed senior director Pratap Subba passed away at the age of 78 on Thursday. According to the local media of West Bengal, India, he died in a hospital in Siliguri. He is also the first Indian film director of Nepali origin.
Subba, who started his career by directing Paral Ko Agao which was released in 2035, has directed commercially and critically acclaimed Nepali films such as Yaswane Haru, Masal, Kahi Andhyaro Kahi Uruwat, Didi, Chatyang and Bhishma Pratigani.
Paralko Ago, directed by Subba, who is considered to be the pioneer of Nepali original film, was the first original Nepali film made outside of Nepal. It is considered to be a film adapted to literature. According to director and producer Neer Shah, Subba belongs to Bengali director Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen school of thought.
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He came to Nepal in the 40s and returned to Darjeeling in the 50s after directing famous Nepali films and telefilms. He had attended the previous edition of the Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) and narrated his words.
Speaking at that time, he recalled that the movie ‘Kahin Andhyaro Kahi Orangut’ was not allowed to run as a communist film. He had said that the movie was labeled as communist, saying that the difference between the rich and the poor was presented in the film.
Coming to Nepal for the first time to make a film, he produced the video film ‘Band Khambhir’ along with Rajendrakrishna Manandhar. He also censored this film by showing it to Neer Shah. He has the experience of earning good money by showing this film on the exhibition route. He was living in Mhepi at that time and made the film ‘Didi’ with Saroj Khanal and Mithila Sharma but it did not work.