Tshokey Tshomo Karchung, Ulap Lekey, Phurba Thinley
Jarim Sarim Yeshey Tshogay is about a poor school girl who dares to dream of becoming Miss Bhutan one day.
The story poignantly portrays what might be the state of many girls in the country who often wind up sparing their dreams for the cause of their family or because of overwhelming disapproval to what they want to achieve.
No matter what, pursue your dreams once you have dared to dream. Jarim Sarim Yeshey Tshogay is a poor school going girl who does just that despite an alcoholic father who stands in the way of her dreams. He fails her in every way, even to the extent of neglecting to pay her school fees. Yeshey, however, gains the sympathy of the principal of her school, and continues with her education. Driven by an inner determination, Yeshey manages to perform well in her studies. She is popular at school and she thrives in her social life there. She nurtures her dream to become Miss Bhutan one day, but this doesn’t go down well with her father when he learns of her desires and disparages her.
In some ways Yeshey Tshogay’s story may not be different from that of many young girls in Bhutan. Pursuing their passions, which may not necessarily be what their parents want – despite the parent’s absence in providing the guidance to them in their early formative years – can lead to not only an unfulfilled and unrealized life, but also unhappiness.
The story poignantly portrays what might be the state of many girls in the country who often wind up sparing their dreams for the cause of their family or because of overwhelming disapproval to what they want to achieve. The strong underlying message in the movie is that empowering young girls and women can help them become who they want to be.
In some ways it is ideal that the character assuming Yeshey Tshogyal’s role is none other than Tshokey Tshomo Karchung, who was herself the first to win the Miss Bhutan contest when it was initiated in 2008.
Ulap Lekey, meanwhile, gives a great performance in his role as a transgender and the chemistry between Tshokey and Ulap Lekey is palpable. This production by Etho Metho Pictures, with established actor Karma Choechong behind the cameras as director, is well worth the watch.