Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
Soongava (original title)
Director(s): Subarna Thapa
Writer(s): Subarna Thapa
Cast: Deeya Maskey, Nisha Adhikari, Saugat Malla, Bashundhara Bhusal
Spoken in Nepali,English
Subtitles in English
Genre: drama,romance, arranged marriage,forbidden love, lesbian storyline
Diya, who wishes to become a dancer enters into an arranged marriage, although she's in love with her friend Kiran.
Independent and strong-willed Diya, now 22 years of age, is training to be a traditional Nepalese dancer. She forms a deep escalating friendship with another dance pupil, Kiran. Her feelings clearly border on physical desire. She is desolate when her parents find a suitable man for her to marry. Meanwhile, her closeness to Kiran becomes passionate and they become lovers. Diya breaks off her engagement. The two young women decide to live together. The open avowal of their relationship exposes them to ridicule and alienation. How their strength makes them surmount these hardships forms the climax of the film.