Loot (Nepali: लूट) is a 2012 Nepali crime action film written and directed by Nischal Basnet. It stars young emerging actors from Nepal’s film industry: Saugat Malla, Karma Shakya, Dayahang Rai, Prateek Raj Neupane, Sushil Raj Pandey, Reecha Sharma, Srijana Subba, Pravin Khatiwada and Sushma Karki. The film revolves around contemporary Kathmandu, Nepal where five ordinary guys try to find quick ways to get rich. The movie is about a character named Haku Kale (Saugat Malla) who, along with four others, plots to rob a bank in Kathmandu.
|Directed by||Nischal Basnet|
|Produced by||Madhav Wagle
|Screenplay by||Nischal Basnet|
Prateek Raj Neupane
Sushil Raj Pandey
|Music by||Roshan Thapa and Kiran Tuladhar|
|Editing by||Surendra Poudel|
|Studio||Princess Movies and Black Horse Pictures Pvt Ltd|
|Budget||40 lakh ($45,569)|
|Box office||2crore 55 lakh ($290,499)
(1st 7 weeks Collection )
Loot features a soundtrack comprising mostly modern music. “Udhreko Choli” has become popular among young Nepalese. Nischal Basnet gave voice to the male part in the item song.
It is considered as a cult Nepali film which urban youth can relate to mainly because of the dialect used.
The film begins with the story of Haku Kale (Saugat Malla) doesn’t want to live his life in poverty. He plans to rob a bank. According to his plan he needs four guys who are in dire need of money. The story begins with the song “Paisa” and, after the song, the team plans on the roof of a building. The members are Gofle (Dayahang Rai), Nare (Karma Shakya), Khatri (Prateek raj Neupane) and Pandey (Sushil Raj Pandey).
The story is about Khatri at first. He is a drug and small arms dealer who has spent some time in jail. Haku Kale follows him all the way across Thamel eye-contacting a pedestrian who will be the original member of robbery. He finds him and summons him in robbery of bank. Next, is the story of Nare who is a gambler and a bouncer at a club. He once asks for Rs.30000 and loses it and has to give triple the money in 7 days. He hides in somewhere in Bhaktapur for 15 days when he is caught. He runs for life and Haku Kale saves him, giving Rs.10000 as advance that he will pay up all the money. He then tells Nare the plan to rob the bank and he agrees. Then comes the story of Gofle and Pandey who are umemployed. Pandey has a girlfriend named Ayesha (Reecha Sharma). They meet at the temple and talks about the marriage. Pandey tells that he has nothing to keep her happy throughout the life. Ayesha gets disappointed that he is not willing to marry her easily and heads home. Pandey and Gofle encounter Haku Kale, Nare and Deven Khatri at Haku Kale’s hotel where Gofle tries to steal off Nare’s wallet. After stealing the wallet, Gofle tells Pandey to leave the hotel as there was some urgent work. Haku Kale finds that Gofle has stolen the waller and stops them from escaping. Nare and Khatri fights with these two guys and Gofle challenges Haku Kale for a fight. Haku Kale agrees for a fight but he does not want trouble in his hood so he gives Gofle his phone number.
Another day, when Gofle and Pandey walk off the road, they encounter Haku Kale at a butcherhouse and start fighting there. Haku Kale catches Gofle’s testicles and tells him about the robbery plan. Gofle agrees and convinces Pandey to make up his mind and attend the robbery. Finally he finds four guys for the bank robbery plan. Nare has a plan for betraying Haku Kale, Gofle and Pandey and take their money but he tells Khatri about the plan because he needs one extra man for his betraying plan. While talking about the plan, Pandey strikes with Khatri running all the way and Khatri gets hurt on his head. Khatri kicks him and Gofle finds him and starts fighting. Haku Kale stops them from fighting and says that there will be more money deposited on the robbery day. Khatri, Gofle, Pandey and Nare apologizes Haku Kale for fighting and decide to go to a dance club. Pandey refuses to come. That’s where “Udreko Choli” song starts.
The day before the robbery, Gofle says that he is scared about if the police will arrest them. Pandey threatens him from saying so because he is the one who convinced him to rob the bank. He calls his girlfriend, Ayesha lying that he is going to get a big job and get a huge sum of money. On the robbery day, Haku Kale tells the members to arrive at the bank at 12:30pm and start their work. But when they arrive the bank is being robbed by someone else, so they leave the scene. Haku Kale, who was inside the bank disguised calls the police and blames Gofle, Nare, Khatri and Pandey for the robbery. All this was planned by Haku Kale. He already had five men team including himself but he uses Gofle, Nare, Khatri and Pandey so that his team can escape easily. Haku Kale meets with the five to share the money and tells them to cross the national border as soon as possible and not to have contact with any member of the team. Haku Kale leaves his hotel with his family and changes his appearance and live a new life.
In Nepal, Loot was certified A in its original release form. The original vulgar dialogues had to be censored to exhibit in cinema. Director Nischal Basnet has cited that due to the censored conversations, Loot was not allowed to be screened in India.