In 2000, Bhakta Chand ditched his Civil Engineering studies at Purwanchal University in Dharan and went to Norway to study Theater Arts and English Literature. It was a journey that shaped his future and developed interest in films and documentaries. After Studying Anthropology in London, he returned to Kathmandu and went to produce documentaries on social, cultural & contemporary issues in Nepal.
His first documentary on plastic problem in Kathmandu valley and effect it leads to the global environment won him the prestigious award at San Francisco organized by the Siemens. He wrote and directed a feature length documentary about traditional music and musicians called “Valley Of Music”. This historical traditional music and its instruments is going through a phase and is on the verge of extinction as it’s loss means loss of intellectual calamity to ancient knowledge leading to the extinction of an entire culture. The documentary was premiered at renowned theatre in Kathmandu.
The Curious Case of Mr. Bhim Thapa is his third documentary film. This documentary centers on a man, myth and his legacy and works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary. Mr. Bhim Thapa has dedicated his life on the idea that people needed to be awaken to bring changes in their lives. He held this idea for a lifetime, painting & inscribing word “khoja” on the pavement, walls, and stones all over Nepal. Now, 96, old and fragile, he is still traveling and writing. It is believed that he has written/inscribed “Khoja” over 8 million times.
As of December 15, The Curious Case of Mr. Bhim Thapa has been officially selected for over 16 major film festival around the globe. The documentary was awarded best short documentary at Figueira FilmArt - Festival de Cinema da Figueira da Foz (Portugal) and silver award at Frame Film festival in Mumbai this year.
Currently, Bhakta is working as a Programme Manager at an innovative not for profit social business enterprise that supports and enables positive futures for street based children, young people and families at risk in Nepal.