Gangtok: Nepali-Hindi language feature film ‘Broken Wings’ will premiere at the Vajra Cinema Hall in Gangtok on April 29. The film will be released simultaneously in theatres across India on the day. The film will be released in Nepal next month.

The film is based on true events, with the story set from 1988 to 1992 against the backdrop of the Gorkhaland agitation in the Darjeeling Hills.

The directorial debut of Vancouver-Darjeeling based filmmaker Shenpenn Khymsar, the film is produced under the banner of Monk and The Warrior Productions.

The cast comprises more than 120 people, from Bollywood to locals. Veteran Bollywood actor Vinay Pathak is accompanied by amateurs and debutants Endo, Sunakshi Grover, Shubhdeep Raha, Neetu Panday, Reuben Pradhan, Nima Sherpa, Mingma Lhamo Tamang and Bhavya Sharma. The film also has award-winning Bollywood editor Aseem Sinha and director Sushil Rajpal. The music is composed by Shenpenn. The musicians involved in the film are all from the hills.

Addressing the media at a press conference in Gangtok on Sunday, Film Director Shenpenn Khymser shared, “It took almost three years for the film to be released due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have tried to give my best effort in making the film, and it is my love letter to the Nepali-speaking population of the country, so it is my humble request to everyone to come and watch ‘Broken Wings’. I have tried to represent the Gorkhas and Indian Nepalis creatively and intelligently and have not limited to stereotyping the Gorkhas based on ‘Khukris’. We are much more than that, and we have so many talented people in every field.”

The filmmaker expressed that the gala premiere is being held in Gangtok as Vajra Cinema Hall is a brand-new theatre with a 70 mm screen, which is very few in India. “Sikkim has its Film Promotion Board and is coming up with a film city. Film tourism will bloom in Sikkim, and by holding the gala premiere here, I want to uplift the people here through Broken Wings, because Sikkim is close to my heart,” said Khymsar.

He further added, “Sikkim, the neighbouring hills of Darjeeling and every Nepali-speaking population is equally part of India and it is time to tell our stories via. the Indian Film industry. It is a proud moment for us as Broken Wings is the first bilingual Bollywood film in the history of Indian Cinema, which is one of the oldest and the largest industries in the world. The film has been approved by the film censor board and is officially under the Nepali language category.”

Regarding the recent controversy where a retired Bengal police officer, Kundan Lal Tamta, asked the makers of a Nepali-Hindi bilingual film, Broken Wings, to remove the reference of a police officer named Tamta from the movie for being a “mala fide denigration” of his personality and service, Khymsar stated that the officer has threatened to take legal action, but the filmmaker is adamant to keep the character as is.

A Monk and the Warrior Productions was established in Shenpenn in 2008. His first film was ‘Journey of a Dream’ (2011), the first Tibetan documentary of heavy metal and Buddhism that travelled across the world. In that film he had tried to highlight Darjeeling and its talent. The document won many awards all over the world. The production house has recently set up its office in Siliguri.

The tickets for the gala premiere are available at MG Marg, Vajra Cinema Hall, Gangtok Groove and a few other venues. Those interested can also contact the production house via their social media platforms.

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