Wheels on the Bus

Die Räder
Twelve-year-old Bhyal works as a blacksmith, sharpening the sickles and repairing the villagers’ equipment. However, as a member of the lowest castehe is an untouchable person and subject to the hostilities of his classmates. Only his friend Laba is ready to defy social boundaries. Against the breathtaking backdrop of a Nepalese mountain village, the film tells of social inequality and friendship.
by Surya Shahi
with Man Bahadur Tamata, Hari Budha, Kali Tamata, Tek Bahadur Budha, Damaru Bhatta
Nepal 2022 Nepali 16’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 10 years and up


  • Man Bahadur Tamata (Bhyal)
  • Hari Budha (Laba)
  • Kali Tamata (Bhyal’s Mother)
  • Tek Bahadur Budha (Laba’s Father)
  • Damaru Bhatta (Teacher)


DirectorSurya Shahi
ScreenplayRajesh Prasad Khatri, Surya Shahi
CinematographyRobin Sharma Dahal
EditingNimesh Shrestha, Ashma Pokharel
MusicBipin Acharya
Sound DesignAmit Shrestha, Samrat Khanal
SoundBipin Sthapit
Production DesignRamlal Khadka
Assistant DirectorsAditya Basnet, MB Thapa
Production ManagerShiva Rawal
ProducersPrabin Kumar Rawat, Sushant Shrestha, Rajesh Prasad Khatri, Surya Shahi
Executive ProducerJagadish Hamal

Produced by

Rato Talo Productions

Resonating Pictures

Surya Shahi

The director studied acting and international studies at Elon University in North Carolina, USA. After graduating, he returned to Nepal to build a school and a hostel in his home region of Humla where Wheels on the Bus was shot. He is also a part-time acting teacher at Oscar International College in Kathmandu and is currently working on his second short film, The Curtain.


2022 Wheels on the Bus; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022