Nischal Basnet

Nischal Basnet


Nischal Basnet is a Nepali director, actor and playback singer who predominantly works in Nepali cinema. Basnet has directed three feature films: Loot (2012), Talakjung vs Tulke (2014) and Loot 2 (2017). He has acted in the films Kabaddi (2014), Dui Rupaiyan (2017), and Prasad (2018).

Basnet debuted as a film director with the crime-thriller Loot, which earned 25.5 million Nepalese rupees (NPR) and became a “cult classic”. After his successful debut as a director, he debuted as an actor in Uma (2013). Basnet later directed the dark comedy Talakjung vs Tulke, which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The film was selected as the Nepalese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Basnet has received numerous awards, including the Dcine Award for Best Debut Director and Best Cameo Role. He has also won a National Film Award for Best Director, and a nomination for Best Actor in a Negative Role at the Kamana Film Awards and Dcine Awards. Basnet has been married to Nepalese film actress Swastima Khadka since 2016.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2012, Dcine Award, Best Debut Director, Loot
  • 2015, National Film Award, Best Director, Talakjung vs Tulke
  • 2017, Dcine Award, Best Cameo Role, Lappan Chappan

"Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes."

- Robert Altman