Private Project


Lachhmi Prasad (40) has a dilemma whether to re-marry because of his promise with villagers of not getting married again during his wife's death to keep his two sons get rid of step mother.

He visits village for searching some people for harvesting his rice field where most of man were out of village for employment due to civil war between Maoist and government. Film shows his state of mind due to need of women after his wife’s death.

  • Santosh Dahal
  • Santosh Dahal
  • Santosh Dahal
  • Ram Krishna Shrestha, Samrat Bhandari, Satyakala Lama, Raghunath Silwal
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sankalpa (संकल्प)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 11, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
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  • Singapore International Film Festival 2016

    November 26, 2016
    International Premere
  • Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival 2016
    November 13, 2016
    World Premere
  • Queens World Film Festival 2017
    United States
    March 19, 2017
    North American Premere
Director Biography - Santosh Dahal

Biography of Director:
Santosh Dahal was born on 15th of June 1990 AD in Morang district of Nepal. After finishing SLC in 2006 he joined science in high school. He quit science after finishing his bachelor in physics in 2011 to join Oscar international College to study film and forward career in film industry. He Graduated in Film Studies in 2014. He directed five short films during the period. He has assisted to director and worked in various capacities in few feature films including 'Dying candle' (2014), which was nominated in Queens World Film Festival in Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Cinematography, where it did win in the Cinematography.

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Director Statement

Sankalpa (Pledge), is a social promise that a normal man in Nepal takes in order to prevent his kids from being humiliated by their stepmother, if he gets married twice.
Father takes the rough path not marrying again after the untimely demise of his first wife, but as he moves on with his life, the sexual and social frustration surfaces as he has to perform the duties of both father and mother to raise his kids.
His moral dilemma to marry again is what the story revolves around. As a writer and director, Sankalpa has been very close to me as I grew up watching many kids being orphan and later being rejected by their own family members with arrival of new mom in the house.