For the first time in the history of Nepali film industry, a film that won the Best Movie Award, has returned back the award to the organizer. In the NEFTA 2016 award held in Dubai, UAE, ‘Pashupati Prasad’ was awarded the Best Film Award. But, when the Best Director award was handed over to another movie, the director Dipendra K Khanal refused to go to the stage to receive the award.
Which is the Best Film of 2016?
According to a report, Dipendra K Khanal took the award to the NEFTA office on December 27, 2016 and returned it. That was probably the first time any award was returned back to the organizer. Now, the confusion on which is the Best Film in the NEFTA 2016.
In January I wrote about the top 5 controversial actresses in the Nepali movie industry. The post got a lot of viewers and the accompanying video is one of the most viewed videos in YouTube Channel. (I am preparing a video report on Top 5 Tattoo beauties which is coming soon.)
The controversial actress list was:
- Rekha Thapa (posts tagged Rekha thapa)
- Namrata Shrestha (Posts tagged Namrata Shrestha)
- Sushma Karki (posts tagged Sushma Karki)
- Pooja Lama (posts tagged Pooja Lama)
- Sumina Ghimire (Posts tagged Sumina Ghimire)
Now, I have one more Top 5 list: Top 5 sex scandals in the Nepali movie industry. The list has two repetations – Namrata Shrestha and Pooja Lama.
- Shrisha Karki (Read Shrisha Karki Biography)
- Namrata Shrestha
- Pooja Lama
- Jyoti Khadka
- Anju Panta
Sex scandals are more tragic than being controversial. Controversies are sometimes good for the celebrity, but sex scandals have done more harm than good. Watch the video report:
Controversial actresses report:
INAS Award nominations were announced on November 5, 2016. Right after the announcement, the organization’s Nepal Chapter members were not happy. That is not all, I think, nobody is interested or excited about yet another award. Although many accuse omission of some of the best movies, the the nominations are expected. The winners will most probably be the same one that had already won different awards for the same movie, same artists and category. I am sure, many winners won’t go to receive the award.
UPDATE: Infographics showing how all the awards are repeating the same artists and films (click for bigger image):
INAS Award controversy started right after the nomination
(Read – Summary of 4th INAS Award Nomination)
Some of the members of INAS (International Nepalese Artists Society) have expressed their dissatisfaction over the nomination on the award. When two successful movies ‘Woda Number 6’ and ‘Prem Geet’ were not nominated in any categories, some of the members accused that the jury had made decision without even watching the movie.
UPDATE: Sushmita KC ‘Ma Ta Timrai Hoon’ controversy about a TV program producer
Sushmita KC and Prakash Subedi
What had happened – Sushmita KC expressed her dissatisfaction about the report about her movie ‘Ma Ta Timrai Hun’ aired in the 35th episode of a Kantipur TV film program ‘Rajatpat’. In the report aired in the TV show, her debut production movie was a failure and it didn’t do good business. Click here for more details of the controversy.
Where – Facebook
When – August 2016
This is video report update on the post I made a while ago. Watch the following video for the details of the case. The threat might be directed to Prakash Subedi as he is the producer of the TV program. (I have also added the video of the program in question – 35th episode of Rajatpat, at the end of this post.)
The original post continues:
In a Facebook post, actress and the producer or recent release movie, Sushmta KC has threatened a filmy-program in TV, Rajatpat. She had expressed her dissatisfaction about the report about her movie ‘Ma Ta Timrai Hun’ aired in the program. In the report aired in the TV show, her debut production movie was a failure and it didn’t do good business.
In response, Sushmita had turned very aggressive towards the Kantipur TV program. Sushmita had registered Anmol Creation banner, a name after her son Anmol KC, to produce the movie. Although a star actor himself, Anmol wasn’t featured in the movie. The movie had featured new actors with Sushmita herself. The TV report stated that the movie was a flop. But, Sushmita claims that it had done satisfactory business. Attached below is a screeshot of the post by Sushmita.
Social network is a crowd of people. If you expect something from them, you are bound to be disappointed. The latest proof of that fact is the recent open letter of Nepali actress Priyanka Karki. Priyanka Karki has expressed her dissatisfaction on the comments she received in her social media pages.
Priyanka wrote, “Whenever I upload new picture, share new music videos or movie songs songs, why do you guys abuse me so much?” She tells, the people react as if she has hurt them or personally offended them. She also told that she feels offended by the the people when they call her whore or prostitute. Full detail of the letter is given in the following video:
Did Priyanka Karki write the letter to create controversy?
I think so. Priyanka is a smart actress, way better than the ones who cry foul in social media! Here are my reasons:
Priyanka knows Social Media
Priyanka is one of the most social-network active actress in Nepali film industry. No other actress in Nepali film industry has explored the social media as Priyanka Karki. She had organized social meet-up in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She has extensively discussed with her followers in the past. She knows, people can get away with telling anything in social media because of it’s anonymous.
UPDATE: After the protest of various Sherpa organizations, Suvekshya Thapa has apologized for the mistake and has told that she had no intention of hurting Buddhist people. In the mean time, various organizations had asked Thapa to be punished for undermining their faith and beliefs by using holy Khada to cover her body parts.
Actress Suvekshya Thapa is known to create controversy for the promotion of her movies. Like her previous movies, Suvekshya has chosen to show off her body to promote her upcoming movie ‘Bindaas 3’. In the photos published in onlinekhabar, Suvekshya has covered her body under religious shawl-like cloth – ‘Khada’. ‘Khada’ is used to honor and appreciate people and it is also offered to the god in Buddhist culture.
In the photos, Suvekshya has wrapped a blue khada to look like skirt and a white one to cover the upper body parts. She is well covered and this looks a lot better than the photos she did for the promotion of her previous movie ‘Miss Nepal’. The promotional photo of her earlier movie was copied from Bollywood actress pose in which she had used a fish to cover the upper part of her body.
I have compiled the list of five top actresses in terms of the controversy they have created or were forced upon. The top ranking is based on the amount of the impact the controversy has done to them. Some had positive impact the have been stronger and others have failed to cope with it and have left the film industry. Here is the ranking (links to the posts with the actress tagged in them):
- Rekha thapa
- Namrata Shrestha
- Sushma Karki
- Pooja Lama
- Sumina Ghimire
A video report on these actresses:
Rekha Thapa tops the list because scandals have helped the actress in gaining the top position in the Nepali film industry. Rekha is an example to prove that scandals can be helpful. But, when we look into other actresses in Nepali film industry, Rekha proves to be an exception. Some of the most controversial stuffs of Rekha include:
The prime minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli, rejected the proposal to construct a Film City in Dolkha. In an event held at his government residence in Baluwatar, Oli has told that the location proposed by the previous government wasn’t appropriate. He has told that the location in Dolkha is such that it doesn’t see sunshine for more that two hours – that too only for two days in a week.
The location was proposed by the Film Development Board (FDB) during the leadership of Dharmendra Kumar Marbaita. Dharmendra and the team had visited the location various times to come to the conclusion. After the current prime minster, KP Oli rejected the previous decision, there had been reports of protest in Dolkha.
Oli was talking in the promotional event of upcoming movie by Dinesh DC, ‘Fulai Fulko Mausam Timilai’ held on December 28, 2015. The first film promotional program held in the PM’s government residence in the history of Nepal was also criticized the political pundits. KP had told that Dolkha’s climate and geography don’t suit for the construction of Film City.
Actor Bhuwan KC and controversy goes hand-in-hand. It has been quite a while there weren’t any controversial news about him, except of course, his debut as a director. In a latest report, Bhuwan KC‘s movie ‘Dreams’ has bee dragged into controversy over a hotel bill.
The movie team has recently completed the shooting of the movie in Pokhara. At the time of checkout Bhuwan reportedly couldn’t pay the Rs. 500,000 bill at the hotel. According to a local reporter Deenanath Baral, the hotel owner had snatched Bhuwan’s car on the failure of the payment. Bhuwan KC and the team was staying in Hotel Peaceful in Damside, Pokhara.
At the time of welcoming the new year 2070 BS, let’s talk about the most talked about actresses in the year 2069. Actress Rekha Thapa has become the most talked about in actress xNepali in 2069. So the title of ‘Controversy Queen of 2069 goes to Rekha Thapa!
After Rekha, the runner-up of the Controversy Queen 2069 is Sumina Ghimire. She jumped into the next-to-the-top position in the last days of the year when she let her anger rule in a telephone conversation with a journalist. None other than Sushma Karki took the second runner-up title with numerous controversies involving directors and boy friends.
Let’s only talk about the winner, Rekha Thapa:
The year started with the divorce rumor and confirmation by both Rekha and Chhabi Raj although no legal confirmation was publicized. When Chhabi registered Chhabi Raj Films, the divorce was considered confirmed. After being single, Rekha discussed the possibility of her career in politics with an astrologer. Her attempt to get herself appointed as the head of Film Development Board might have been according to the suggestion of the astrologer. But, when the political lobbying didn’t work, she went to USA in a month-long tour.
In an article published in Korea Times, the Indian Ambassador to South Korea, Vishnu Prakash, argued that one of the reasons the North-Eastern part of the country is beautiful because of the existence of Mt. Everest.
The northeastern part of the country where it borders China offers the most beautiful scenic views thanks to Mt. Everest.
The newspaper hasn’t specifically quoted the Ambassador saying the exact words but, it seem to imply that one has to go to India to see Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest h
owever is in the border of Nepal and China, at least 200 km away from the Indian border.
Nepali print and online media have started protest to the statement.
You can read the full article in this link.
This time, there was an unlikely competition between a established producer and actor Bhuwan KC and a new entry actress Binita Baral. It was not only in changing their names on the suggestion of their respective astrologers, they also competed in creating controversies. And the unlikely winner was Binita Baral (we better call her Beenita Baral).
Nepali film industry is becoming more competitive these days. Established actors and actresses are facing hard time in remaining relevant in these days and the new actors and film makers are ruling our film industry. In this race, actor / producer, Bhuwan KC‘s attempt to make a comeback was not successful.
After the Binita Baral controversy over the publication some of her photos in various magazine covers, the producer of the movie, Arju Kumar, decided to destroy all the posters designed with the naked photos. About Rs. 250,000 was the cost of design, re-design, and printing of the destroyed posters.
(All the photos are removed from the post.)
UPDATE: Binita Baral organized the press meet. She is ‘happy’ to tell her story and seems ‘happier’ by the amount of media attraction the photo created. In her Facebook she didn’t care to tell what was the real thing she told in the press meet. That means it is not the important. It seems, the press meet was well planned beforehand and they had taken some photos specially for the anticipated press meet – photos showing undergarments. Binita posted this message in Facebook:
The Facebook message says nothing about her concern (because, she isn’t concerned about the real issue). She didn’t even felt the need to clarify in her Facebook profile (because, she doesn’t want to spoil the media attention).
(The photo of the cover is removed.)
Original article continues ….
Binita Baral, the ‘Chapali Heights‘ fame model/actress, has been in and out of controversy since she enter the Nepali movie industry. At first she was kicked out of a movie, without compensation, after she had already signed the deal.