Lukamari Nepali Movie

Lukamari is 2016 crime action film written and directed by Shree Ram Dahal. The film stars Saugat Malla, Karma Shakya, Bikram Singh Tharu, Surabina Karki, and Rista Basnet in lead roles. The film is slightly based on Khyati Shrestha murder case of 2009. The movie is regarded as one of the best movies ever created in the Nepalese film industry. It is counted among the revolutionary movies like Loot, Kabaddi, etc. made in the mid-2010s in Nepal which are credited for introducing a new way of movie making in Nepal. The movie is made special by very special role of Saugat Malla and the best role played by Karma Shakya in his entire film career till date as claimed by critics and audience. Unfortunately, the movie had to clash with very much anticipated Bollywood movie that year by Salman Khan named ‘Sultan’ which occupied the major portion of screen and audience attention in Nepal. So it did a lot less income than the movie deserved and than producers expected. But all the movie viewers claim the movie to be a true gem for Nepalese Movie Industry and the IMDB rating of the movie also gives a similar idea.


Lukamari means hide and seek. The film story is based on a police investigation of a murder case of a school girl Rupa K.C. As the film unfolds, the case gets connected to the tenants of Musya Sahu and the hide and seek between cops and criminals starts. The movie starts when two undercover veteran crime investigating agents meet coincidentally and start sharing the same room somewhere in Kathmandu valley. In the movie, they are investigating two seemingly different cases. One cop is seen investigating the murder case of a young girl and another cop is seen finding clues about the murder of two young boys. The cop in girl’s murder case is dragged to Kathmandu due to the relation of the girl with a suspicious sick teacher of her and another cop finds some papers of land in the crime scene that gives hint about the criminal’s location. To keep the mission secret both the cops change their names, jobs and motives of living in the valley without any idea about each other’s reality. The movie starts with some comedy and proceeds with the suspicious acts of all the actors on the screen. The movie also showcases some side characters like a priest, some drug addict youths and a tea shopkeeper who initially seem to be present for comedy but things change afterwards. As the film reaches its interval there start a rapid change in all aspects. The two cops spying on a young girl living in the same house as they do and a love affair between a married woman and a handsome landlord carries the comedy till the end but every minute brings few more thrill as the suspense starts disclosing. The two cops again meet coincidentally to find out each other’s identity. They share their investigations just to know that their cases are somehow interconnected. At the climax, they find out that both their suspect lives next door to them. The suspect happens to be the husband of the woman who is in an affair with the landlord. So the cops use the landlord to get into the suspect’s room and after finding a solid proof of him being the criminal, they raid in his house a thrilling chase begins. The chase discloses the reasons for murder and also the identities of some seemingly less significant characters like the priest. The movie focuses on comedy, thrill, suspense, Nepalese crime-fighting methods and also some problems of Kathmandu like unemployment, lack of and prostitution.

Critical reception:
This film received a mixed critical review. Many critics who were attracted by new types of storylines being portrayed in movies at those years found the movie to be a revolution in the industry but some people who searched for the classical tone of Nepalese movies in this movie really could not find it to be a good movie. The movie was appreciated for brilliant direction. Critics believed the movie to have a very catchy plot even though the story proceeds very slowly. The movie also received appreciation for its comic timing and rapid turn of events. The movie is rated around 8 out of 10 in IMDB scale.

Box Office Info:

Budget: NPR 8,500,000 (estimated)

Technical Info:

Runtime: 2 hr 5 min (125 min)
Sound Mix: D-Cinema 96kHz 5.1
Color: Color (Cinecolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Cast and Crew:

Directed by
– Shree Ram Dahal

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Cast (in credits order)
– Saugat Malla … Budhan Chaudhary
– Karma Shakya … Unique Maharjan
– Bikram Singh …
– Surabina Karki … Jaya Giri
– J.B.D.C. … Somraj Upadhya
– Rista Basnet … Ragini
– Pravan Bhusal … Rajan Giri
– Kushal Bista … Biku
… Musya Sahu
– Basanta Bhatta … Senior
– Rashmi Bhatta

Produced by
… co-producer
– Bikram Bhandari … co-producer
– Krishna Bhandari … co-producer
– Suraj Man Sing Bhandari … producer
– Tej Man Singh Bhandari … co-producer
– Colonel Madan … executive producer

Music by
– Bikash Silwal

Cinematography by
– Sushan Prajapati

Film Editing by
– Krishna Bhandari

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
– Binod Khatiwada … associate director
– Pasang … first assistant director
– Pasang Sherpa … first assistant director
… second assistant director

Editorial Department
… colourist

Music Department
– Bikash … background score

Other crew
– Renasha Bantawa Rai … choreographer

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