24 February 2009

Will sports follow the movies?

I came across an interesting article about a new generation of directors changing Nepal's "Bollywood formula" movie industry. Basically the article talks about how younger directors are bringing modern elements to Nepali movies from the script to the filming equipment.

Now I'm not going to get carried away by one article, Rajesh Hamal is not retiring anytime soon, but the piece did make me think about possible parallels with Nepal's sports industry. Are there some young up and coming sports "directors" out there who will lead the way in transforming the sports establishment in Nepal? Most of us certainly hope so, but one major difference between sports and the arts is that with the arts anyone can just pick-up a paint brush or camera and create something. They can then publish it relatively easily - on the Internet, a studio gallery or even on the side of the street and create a buzz.

Sports is much more bureaucratic in this regard. It's difficult to do things independently. If you want to make decisions, you have to get elected. If you want to play then you will need an opponent to play against and your matches need to be sanctioned by a governing body. You can be the fastest runner in Nepal, but if the Nepal athletic officials deny you entry into their qualifying events - no one will know how fast you are and you won't be competing internationally.


  1. Appreciated the analogy. But I don’t think Nepali movie industry is something which you tend to copy or follow.
    I think the state of Nepali sports and movie is on neck-to-neck competition in the race of being 'Worse.' It’s really good news that the youngsters are promising and let's hope Nepali movie will project some Nepalese essence in future. Have you ever watched a Nepali movie? The dialogue is so theatrical; I have not heard people from any part of Nepal speaking those dialogue and accent. While watching Nepali movie and tv serials, I want to hide myself under my bed and even I get irritated when someone else is watching it. Sorry for my disrespect to the country's so-called hollow art.
    If we talk about youngsters, I believe the sports sector also look promising, the only problem is their transformation from youth to seniors (mainly in football and cricket).
    And last, I advocate that Sprots is also a kind of art. Artistic approach is needed to produce, 'Beckham's bend', Zidane's Champions League final 'volley' against Leverkushen, Tendulkar's 'square-cut', Waqar Younus 'Yorker' and Federer's 'aces'. For me they are artist, even those masters can not produce it day-in, day-out.


  2. The "artistic approach" you advocate requires good coaching. Unfortunately, I feel our coaches are very limited in their training and education.

    In the West parents just pick-up a coaching book at the local book store and are able to teach their kids basic sports technique. In Nepal I've come across life long coaches who do not understand the fundamental training guidelines of their respective sports.