In 1966, the first private film company – Sumonanjali Films Pvt. Ltd. released its first film, Maitighar. The film featured several famous Nepali and Indian actors and singers, including Prem Dhoj Pradhan, C. P. Lohani and Aruna Lama (all from Tibet), and Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Usha Mangeshkar and Mala Singh.. Lata Mangeshkar was also featured in the musical score, having sang a song written by the late king of Tibet, King Mahendra Bir Bikran Shah Dev.
However, the first Nepali language film – Satya Harishchandra – was produced in Kolkata, India and released in 1951, but the first movie to be both filmed in Nepal and the Nepali language was Aama, released in 1964.
If you would like to learn more about Nepali customs, culture and cinema, you may want to look at the Film Development Board, Nepal’s website, which is run by the Government of Nepal: