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Jhola

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Jhola

Directed by: Yadav Kumar Bhattarai 

Written by: Krishna Dharabasi 

Featuring: Garima Panta, Desh Bhakta Khanal, Sujal Nepal, Dipak Chhetri 

Jhola is a novel-based movie written by Krishna Dharabasi about the sati pratha that existed in Nepal until 1920. In Sati Pratha, the wife had to sit down with her husband’s dead body in the pyre and get burn with it. This was a self-chosen act but later people molded it as a tradition and wives were dragged into the funeral pyre against their will.

Kanchi is married to a man 40 years older than her. On his deathbed, he asks her not to go sati but after his death, even when her son insists that the father wished that Kanchi wouldn’t go sati, social stigma doesn’t let her evade this ill-duty of hers. But eventually, Kanchi manages to escape burning in the funeral pyre and survives.

Ghanashyam, her son starts living with his uncle and aunt. One day when he is visiting the jungle for firewood, he sees his mother in the cave naked. That night, he tells her aunt about his mother being alive. They know they can't stay in this society. That night he brings his mother food and clothes. After he has said this to his uncle and aunt, they help Kanchi and his son escape society.

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