Wheels on the Bus



16 min

After being bullied into making iron wheels for his upper-caste peers, 12-year-old Bhyal, a so-called lower caste blacksmith, and his friend, 11-year-old Laba, are forced to steal iron from the village to make the wheels. At Bhyal’s workshop, the boys work through the night and fall asleep. Laba's father finds his son asleep with Bhyal and, outraged at the sight, calls the religious chief of the village to purify his son. With the entire village gathered, the village chief purifies Laba and passes judgment on Bhyal.

Original Language

Khas Nepali


Surya Shahi


Robin Dahal


Aashma Pokharel/ Nimesh Shrestha


Amit Shrestha/ Samrat Khanal


Rajesh Prasad Khatri/ Surya Shahi


Prabin Kumar Rawat/ Sushant Shrestha/ Rajesh Prasad Khatri/ Surya Shahi

About the filmmaker.

Surya Shahi received a BFA in Acting and a BA in International Studies from Elon University, USA (2018). He returned to Nepal after he graduated and has been building a school and a hostel in his home region of Humla, where Wheels on the Bus was shot. He works part time as an acting teacher at Oscar International College of Film Studies in Kathmandu. Shahi worked on a Nepali short film A Curious Girl ( 2017) as casting director, acting coach, and assistant director. He was the creative producer for and acted in the musical short Rato Talo (2019). Shahi also worked as an acting coach on the short film FILAM (2020). He is currently working on his second short film The Curtain.

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