What to expect from Hari Bansha Acharya’s ‘Hari Bahadur’?


Actor-Comedian Hari Bansha Acharya launched his new novel Hari Bahadur at a function in Nepal Academy on Saturday. With his previous piece Cheena Harayeko Manchhe being a big hit, there is plenty of expectation for Hari Bahadur as well.

While there are several films which are based on a book, Hari Bahadur is one of its kind, being a novel based on a telefilm ‘Hari Bahadur-Madan Bahadur’.

When asked about the uniqueness the novel holds, author Hari Bansha Acharya says, “When I wrote Cheena Harayeko Manchhe, I didn’t have to think about a subject. What I experienced in my life was the very subject of the book. But when I sat down to write a new book, I had to come up with a new subject. There are plenty of films based on books. But, a book based on a film? This, as far as I know, has never happened. Then, why don’t I attempt it myself? I was excited.”

Acharya adds that the book is not an exact copy of the telefilm but includes just about 15 per-cent of its story. He hinted the novel deals with the whole life story of Hari Bahadur unlike the teleserial where a certain portion of his life was shown.

Madan Krishna Shrestha, Hari Bansha Acharya’s longstanding comedic partner, who unveiled the book and featured in the function as the Chief Guest said he himself is writing a book due in August.

We can expect absolute humor and satire in the novel. We will certainly know about ups and downs Hari Bahadur had to experience in his life which compelled him to be how he is. As Hari Bahadur is already a popular and well-known character, the novel presents thrill, excitement and suspense. With Nepali novels criticized of having lost its creativeness lately, Haribansha Acharya sure has much to offer with his satirical and comedic approach. However, it will be interesting to see if the novel meets the high bar of expectation it has already set among the readers.