It is not only in the Nepali movie industry, divorce among Nepali couple has been in the increasing trend these days. This might be because, compromising is not in the cards of today’s youth. I think, there is nothing wrong to get out of the relationship that is not working out. But, divorce also brings a lot of pain and problems to the both the couple involved. The traditional Nepali society has made it even worse by tagging them ‘bad example’ to the society.
This post was originally written on Jan 29, 2012. In the mean time I had updated it to reflect the changes in the status of Nepali artists. I think, it is the time to rewrite the whole post.
Rekha Thapa and Chhabi Raj Ojha
2016 – Rekha Thapa and Chhabi Raj Ojha have officially divorced after 4 years of unofficial divorce after a decade of living together. They signed the legal paper and make it legal in August of 2016. Right after the divorce, Chhabi has told that he is planning to get married for the fourth time. Will he marry the actress Shilpa Pokharel or is he using the controversy only to promote his movie – that is a huge mystery of the Nepali movie industry.
While shooting and post-production of ‘Himmatwali’ Rekha is having an affair with Sudarshan Gautam. But, right after the release of the movie, Rekha reportedly dumped Sudarshan.
The popular singer Anju Panta is good looking personality. Many film producers had approached Anju to feature in their movie int he last decade. Anju had however rejected all of those offers. Now, as she approaches in the 40s (Anju turned 39 a few months back), she had told that she might re-consider her decision not to act in movies. The following video report is prepared to discuss about Anju Panta’s desire to act in movies.
Anju’s condition of her acting debut is that, the story of the movie has to be based on her own life. Why did she change her mind? Here are the reasons:
- Anju has written an autobiography. The book is expected to release in market after a while.
- The decision to act in movie might be a promotional strategy of the book (this is just an assumption).
- While writing the autobiography, Anju might have seen that her story might make an interesting movie. She might be asking the film makers to consider making the movie.
- Now, she has enjoyed the fame and money, she might have wanted to test another field – acting.
Anju still doesn’t seem to be interested in acting in professional way. She wants to be act for fun and tell her own story. If it is just for fun, she should let the professional actor to do her role. That would be more professional and interesting to the viewers. She could always be featured in a guest’s role. “The Pursuit of Happyness” would be an example of what a biographical film could be.
Who is Anju Panta ?
The third edition of INAS Film Award was held in Pragya Bhawan, Kamaladi in Kathmandu. The award ceremony held on Sunday awarded director Tulsi Ghimire with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award has has a cash prize of Rs. 100,000. The award ceremony was organized by the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRN) and the Film Development Board (FDB). In the program, NRN Upendra Mahato appreciated in the improvement in the quality of Nepali movies. Actor and musician Muralidhar expressed his happiness to be honored in a Nepali film award ceremony.
Watch the INAS Award winning movies here in xnepali:
Actress Priyanka Karki, singer Anju Pant and singer Shiva Pariyar are collecting earthquake relief fund in the UK. After doing various volunteer works in hospital and other places, Priyanka had gone London, for fund collection (read earthquake relief works of Priyanka in Nepaliactress.com).
Priyanka had four pre-planned programs on May 2, May 9, May 10 and May 17 in UK. After Saturday’s earthquake she cancelled her Sunday’s flight to the UK and started working in earthquake relief work. The event coordinator in the UK however had different plans. They had already booked halls and people had already bought tickets for the shows. They decided to organize fund collection by collecting donations in the already booked halls. With that plan, Priyanka went to the UK on May 1.
In an event organized by Nepali Touch Events, Nepali superstar Rajesh Hamal was honored for his 25-years-long contribution to Nepali cinema. At that time, Hamal’s 50th birthday was also celebrated. The participants of the program wished best wishes to the superstar for his birthday.
The first day of a series of events was held in Adelaide, Australia on June 1, 2014. Singers Anju Pant and Rajesh Payal Rai are together with Rajesh in the event. (Checkout Anju Pant’s photo at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden). Singers Rai and Anju entertained the audience by popular songs.
A special program Megaevent 2014, being held on June 7 in Australia, is scheduled to appreciate and honor 25-years-long acting career of Rajesh Hamal. The program featuring Rajesh Hamal, Rajesh Payal Rai and Anju Pant is going to be held in Tasmania, Launceston on June 7, 2014.
The program is scheduled to mark the birthday of British queen Elizabeth II. In the program, Rajesh Hamal will talk about his 25-years-long history in Nepali film industry. In addition to that Rajesh will also deliver some dialogues and dances in the program. In organizers will also celebrate the birthday of Rajesh Hamal.
After successful tour to USA and Australia the team led by MaHa is going to the UK as a part of MaHa Yatra. On the occasion of the Nepali New year, comedians Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya (MaHa) are going to entertain Nepali Britons later this month.
Photo – MaHa jodi during MaHa Yatra in Australia.
With MaHa jodi, singers Anju Pant, comedian Narendra Kansakar and entertainer Mohit Acharya will also perform in the same stage. The artists are scheduled to arrive in London on April 24 and are returning back to Nepal on May 6.
Today is Bhai Tika, the main day of Tihar. On this day, brothers and sister offer tika and gifts to each others and wish longevity of the lives of each other. We have collected information about how some of the actors and actresses in Nepali movie industry celebrate Bhai Tika.
All three sisters of actor Rajesh Hamal live in the US. As he is currently in the US, Rajesh will celebrate Bhai Tika with his sisters after a long time. In previous years, Rajesh Hamal used to celebrate Bhai Tika with Maina Suchikar (Maina has recently died).
Actress Namrata Shrestha has two elder brothers and she celebrates Bhai Tika with them. For gifts, Namrata offers sweets and other undisclosed gifts to her brothers on the day.
UPDATE – 2016:
Simpal Khanal married a UK resident businessman of Pakistani origin. Rekha has legally divorced in August of 2016. Shayam Bhattarai has also gone to the USA (I don’t have any information if Shyam has met Ranjana Sharma there).
UPDATE: November 2014:
2012 – Actress Rekha Thapa ended her 10-years-long marriage by divorcing Chhabi Raj Ojha. Rekha is having affair with Sudarshan Gautam and Chhabi has high hopes to marry Shilpa Pokharel. (report of Rekha’s divorce, Chhabi talking about his interest on Shilpa Pokharel, and Sudarshan talking about marrying Rekha Thapa.)
2012 – Actress Priyanka Karki‘s marriage with Rochak Mainali didn’t last more that two years. The Miss Teen 2005 revealed about the divorce in 2013, after a year of the event (more about Rochak and Priyanka’s divorce).
2014 – Suleman Shankar (Iku) divorced his wife of 5 years Jaya KC (report on Iku’s divorce).
Saranga Shrestha – Saranga married a US citizen and divorced. She is currently married to a young Nepali guy, Ramesh, living in the USA. Saranga and Ramesh have a daughter.
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Divorce in Nepali movie sector has become a common happening these days. Divorce brings in pain and problems and doesn’t come easy for both the parties involved. The traditional Nepali society has made it even worse in terms of setting a ‘bad example’ in the society.
Let’s analyze some of the high profile problems in marriages of the personalities of Nepali movie industry:
Bhuwan KC / Sushmita KC – Bhuwan KC is known for his affairs with various ladies. Bhuwan KC’s first marriage with Bijaya KC ended when Bijaya went to USA with their kids. Bhuwan found Sushmita KC as his second wife. That too didn’t lasted long and they ‘divorced’ until they reunited again after the release of “Ma Timi Bina Marihalchu”. But, they have divorced again. Bhuwan’s affair with Sharmila Dangol didn’t go far and he is living alone these days. We won’t be surprised if Bhuwan and Sushmita get together after the release of ‘Sathi Ma Timro’ as predicted by friends in Films Nepal. (update- they didn’t get together, but there is rumor that Bhuwan is having an affair with Jiya KC)
Anju Panta and Shreya Sotang won two awards each in the 13th Hits FM music award, 2066. Anju was awarded with the Best Female Vocal Performance and Best Record of the Year for Ghazal song â€˜Nabirse Timilaiâ€¦â€™ (video attached below).
Shreya Sotang was awarded with Best Pop Vocal Female and the Best New Artist award. It is to be noted that Shreya is daughter of Uday and Manila Sotang, who also won the Best Vocal Collaboration title.