KATHMANDU, July 10: In the charity event organized by Gari Khana Deu with its objective to regain a livable Nepal for every one of its citizens, the film “Highway” was screened at Kumari Hall on July 8.
As the program started, Anil Shah, CEO of Mega Bank, who also acts as an adviser to Gari Khana Deu, stated, “(The film) Highway wants to raise a national level awareness about stopping bandas, and the natural partner seemed to be Gari Khana Deu. This is not only their campaign but ours as well. I stand here not as a banker but as a concerned Nepali.”
Ishwar Rauniyar, Managing Director of Aadi Productions, said, “We had a campaign called “Stick to stop bandas” and we were looking for a social partner to tie up with. Gari Khana Deu seemed the perfect partner to collaborate with as one of its campaigns is also about protesting against bandas.”
Manju Bashyal, who teaches Nepali at the German Development Service, said, “I’m here to support my German friend, Anne, who has a small role in the film. She goes back to Germany in a few days, and that’s why we wanted to watch the film together.”
In the interaction round at the end, Deepak Rauniyar, the director of the film, said, “We’re happy to leave people with so many questions. The intention, while making the film, was to let you think as you want to, not to force you to think in a certain way.”
Sandeep, 21, a student of Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Xavier International College, said, “I felt the film had loose ends here and there but I liked it and I’ll definitely watch it again with my friends.”
Gari Khana Deu works with three fundamentals: Security of life and property, proper and effective implementation of the rule of law, and freedom to enterprise and participate in profession of one’s own choice.
Dilip Gurung, Campaigner Coordinator of Gari Khana Deu, said, “We function through individual donations and fundraising events. After the event, I can now say that we’ll be able to raise some funds.”
The ticket was priced at Rs 1,000 each, and T-shirts, stickers and bumper stickers were also on sale at the event.