Intercaste marriage is still a taboo in Nepali society. People have higher affiliation towards their own religion. Young generations are also obsessed by the caste and even the Gotra, a religious categorization of people in the society. One of the most striking public display of the truth on what the people think about their caste was seen when model and journalist Samriddhi Rai told that she didn’t want to marry the guy in her own caste. She told she didn’t want to look at a Rai guy, because she was forced by her family members to do so. She told she wanted to be a Nepali rather than a girl of Rai-clan.
Samriddhi Rai had to face a lot of protest. She was threatened to be boycotted by the Rai community. When things went nasty, she also released a video with an apology. I did a video report on Samriddhi case. At the time of this writing, the video is watched by 23 K people and there are 79 comments in it. (The video is attached below)
After the Samriddhi Rai incident, I decided to do a small research on the Nepali celebrities who had tied their knot with the partner of different caste. I was surprised to find a lot of celebrities who had chosen the partner of another caste. Preparing a report on all of them would be a long report, so I decided to focus on actresses. Here is the list of 10 actresses who had done inter-caste marriage.
Nepali Movie – Jindagani (जिन्दगानी)
Starring Rajesh Hamal, Karishma Manandhar, Pooja Chand, Dilip Rayamajhi, Santosh Pant, Rama Thapaliya, Ramchandra Adhikari, Uttam KC etc.
Director – Ujjwal Ghimire
Watch the full movie in a single part:
UPDATE: Rishi Dhamal’s Dashain in Canada and Ratan Subedi’s Dashain in Australia (at the end of this post).
Wherever people go, they take their culture with them. Nepali people are no exception. Nepal people all over the world celebrated Dashain Tika on October 22, 2015. I shared some photos of Nepali artists celebrating Dashain in my previous post. Now, it is time to share photos of Dashain celebration in places out of Nepal. Although, every Nepali have celebrated Dashain, I will only share photos of Nepali artists. This post will be updated if I find more artists celebrating Dashain in countries other than Nepal.
Prakriti Shrestha, Nepali actress in Australia
Nepali actress Prakriti Shrestha had gone to Australia after marrying Sudeep Neupane in July of 2014. The ‘Hostel’ actress was considered one of the new actresses with a lot of potential in Nepali film industry. But, Prakriti quietly married and left the country. (Watch ‘Hostel’ here)
Nepali Movie – Deurali
Starring – Dhiren Shakya, Lokendra Karki, Pooja Chand, Yubraj Lama, Bhuwan Chand, Mukunda Shrestha, Dinesh DC, Ramchandra Adhikari etc.
Director – Yuvaraj Lama
Nepali Movie ‘Deurali’ is a presentation of Tripur Sundari Films. The movie is made on story with action, revenge, drama and comedy. The music is composed by Shakti Ballav, lyrics by Dinesh Adhikari, action by Yogendra Shrestha, choreogrphy by Raju Shah, editing by Narendra Khadka, cinematography by Shambhu Sapkota and script/produced by Yuvaraj Lama.
Nepali Movie – Natedar
Starring – Shiva Shrestha, Dilip Rayamajhi, Pooja Chand, Kshitiza Shakya, Sunil Thapa, Mukunda Shrestha, Ratan Subedi, Ravi Dangol etc.
Director -Mukunda Bastakoti
Nepali movie ‘Natedar’ features Jayanand Chand Thakur, Gopal Raut and Uttam KC in guest roles. The child artists are Ishani Shrestha, Ashish Khanal, and Manisha Budhathoki. The editor of the movie is Rajani Pant, choreography by Kamal Rai, action of Rajendra Khadgi, music of Tika Bhandari, cinematography of Javed Shah and story / produced by the director Mukunda Bastakoti.
Nepali Movie – Miteri Gaun
Starring – Shiva Shrestha, Pooja Chand, Sunil Thapa, Ganesh Lama, Pavitra Subba, Desh Bhakta Khanal etc.
Director – Gagan Birahi
A presentation of Gagan Birahi, Nepali movie ‘Miteri Gaun’ features the romance of Shiva Shrestha and Pooja Chand. The movie features action of Rajendra Khadgi, choreography of Basanta Shrestha, music of Sambhu Rai, and the cinematography of Gauri Shankar Dhunju. The director Gagan Birahi has also written the story of the movie and produced it.
Nepali Film – Aawara
Starring – Rajesh Hamal,Pooja Chand, Harihar Sharma, Basundhara Bhusal, Shanti Maskey, Sushila Rayamajhi, Deepa Shree Niraula, Shrisha Karki, Ramesh Budhathoki, Pawan Mainali, Prakash Thapa, Khem Sharma, Shiva Hari Poudel etc.
Director – Bijaya Thapa
The Nepali film ‘Aawara’ is a presentation of Taiyab Shah of Jewa Films featuring a lot of well known actors. The movie features the choreography of Kamal Rai, action of NB Maharjan, dialogue of Kamal Mainali, script / story of Prakash Thapa, editing of Mukhtar Ahmed, cinematography of Ishwor Shrestha, and music of Sambhujit Baskota.
Nepali Movie – Sahar
Starring – Kamala Shrestha, Dhiren Shakya, Dinesh Sharma, Bishal Bista, Pooja Chand, Rajaram Poudel, Sushil Pokharel, Mohan Niraula etc.
A Nepali feature movie ‘Sahar’ is presented by Jikesh Films Pvt. Ltd. The action packed movie has an exciting plot with twists and turns throughout the movie. In addition to action, the movie also features romance. The movie features the music of Laxman Sesh, story/screenplay of Prasant Shrestha, action of ram Janak, cinematography of Narayan Mainali and editing of Ishor Gadal.
UPDATE on July 12 Five more marriages were held in July. We had talked about the three marriages at the end of this post. Two additional marriages include that of Sweta Bhattarai, Prakriti Shrestha. Mithila Sharma married Motilal Bohara in an un-announced event among close friends only. Sweta Khadka marries Shree Krishna Shrestha and Diya Maskey marries Anup Baral in public functions, Sweta Bhattarai marries Milan Sapkota secretly and another unannounced marriage was that of Prakriti Shrestha and Sudeep Neupane.
UPDATE on June 27 Richa Singh Thakuri married to an Australian NRN, Gajendra Thapa, on Ashad 6 (June 20). The news about their marriage was released a few weeks earlier.
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It seems, the year 2014 is going to the year of celebrity marriages. It started with actress Bhawana Regmi marrying in January. The celebrity marriages, so far in 2014, are:
Bhawana Regmi marriage
The daughter of late director Shiva Regmi got married in January, a month after her father’s death. The marriage of ‘So Simple’ actress was a low profile marriage in family mourning the death of her father.
Shankar BC and Nisha Sunar marriage
We don’t know the exact date of this marriage between choreographer and dancer Shankar BC and singer Nisha Sunar. The couple shared their secret marriage photo in February 2014 right after Nisha went to USA. In the USA, Nisha also gave birth to a child within a month of the marriage announcement. Shankar has a family of his own in Nepal and it was the third marriage of Nisha.
The marriage doesn’t make much as Shankar is living in Nepal and Nisha living in USA. A month after the birth of the child, Nisha has started working in a restaurant in the USA.
After ‘officially’ marrying Raju Lama, actress Pooja Chand had changed her last name and added the full name of her new husband to her name – Pooja R. Lama.
It is clear, Pooja wanted to differentiate from singer, model and actress Pooja Lama. The other Pooja is known for different scandals including a sex scandal. We had compiled a scandal profile of Pooja Lama in 2010.
After marrying and living together with Raju Lama for almost three years, Pooja Chand made it ‘official’ in a similar ceremony on February 22, 2014.
In May of 2011, we wrote about their marriage. After that, they had started living together in Baltimore, US. At that time, they had promised to perform a formal marriage ceremony within the next three months. It seems, the three months extended to three years until they performed the rituals.
It has been a year since the marriage of actress Saranga Shrestha to Ramesh Karki. They got married on February 1, 2013. In the mean time, Saranga gave birth to a daughter in September of 2013.
On the occasion of the anniversary, Saranga said, "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
Changing names is a common practice among Nepali artists for a better name or for good luck. Some astrologers suggest a different names for the success in their career. For example, Bhuwan KC changed his name to a 7-lettered Bhuwann before the release of his movie ‘Sathi Ma Timro‘. It’s a different story, the movie didn’t do well in theater. Actress Binita Baral had also changed her name to Beenita (7-letters) on the suggestion of an astrologer. The result of the change in names were not that exciting. But, that won’t deter people from changing names. Others change to a better sounding names like Shova to Nandita, Radheshyam to Ramit, Nawaraj to Nawal and so on.
A video slideshow of change in names of Nepali actresses:
A photo slideshow of the actors who have changed their names:
We had compiled a list of actresses who had changed their name when they entered the Nepali movie industry. This post incorporates male actors and some additional female actresses who had changed their name to a new name.
Nepali Movie – Khukuri
Starring – Simant, Ganesh Upreti, Pushpa Shrestha, Pooja Chand, Anupama Prasai, Sisam KC, Narad Khatiwada, Deepak Chhetri, Pawan Mainali etc.
Director, story – Kishor Subba
Actress Arunima Lamsal has flown to the USA on 4th September 2012 with her husband. She has left her 10 month-old daughter with her mother.
At the time when most of the artists visiting USA have stayed there permanently, some think Arunima might also have such intentions. When asked, Arunima told that she is going to the USA for a visit and she doesn’t have any intention to stay there.
In the past actresses like Jal Shah, Pooja Chand, Saranga Shrestha, and Sajja Mainali are living in the USA. Among the male actors, Saroj Khan and Ramesh Upreti are also living in the USA. Actor Suresh Marahatta returned back after living eight years in the US as Resh Marahatta and Karishma Manandhar has also returned after receiving the US green card.
Do you think Arunima will return?