This post was originally written and posted on Oct 31, 2008. I am making an update on the post by adding details how Nepali celebrities celebrate the festival. I have also added a video introduction of the festival. I have included the details of the celebration of three US-return artists of Nepali movie industry:
Actress Jal Shah is in Nepal for Dashain and Tihar this year with her 8-years-old daughter Kalas. She is planning to cook ‘sel’ the sweet bread popular during tihar. Last year, Jal had offered tika to actor Dilip Rayamajhi.
Actor Ramesh Upreti is not celebrating this year because of the death of his grandfather. Although there won’t be Tika and won’t be much fun at home, he will meet and celebrate with his friends.
Ashishma Nakarmi doesn’t have brothers. So, she hasn’t celebrated bhai-tika yet. She enjoys the festival with her friends and family.
Nepali film – Nepali Babu
Starring – Bhuwan KC, Sushmita KC, Jal Shah, Dinesh Sharma, Sunil Thapa etc.
Director – Ugen Chopel
Watch ‘Nepali Babu’ full movie in single part:
Nepali Movie – Avatar
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Gauri Malla, Jal Shah, Laxmi Giri, Simanta etc.
Director – Prakash Sayami
Nepali movie ‘Avatar’ is a presentation of Balkrishna Tuladhar for Padhma Pictures is a revenge love story. Simant is the new actor in the movie. The child artist in the movie is Master Ashish. Actors Deepak Chhetri and Sudhanshu Joshi are featured in special guest appearance. The chief assistant director is Nilhari Kafle, editing by Narendra Khadka, action by Rajendra Khadgi, cinematography by Javed Shah. Choreographers are Basanta Jung Rayamajhi and Kamal Rai. Music by Shakti Ballav, script by the director Prakash Sayami.
Actor Rajesh Hamal is currently in the USA. He was invited by actress Jal Shah to participate in a cultural program held in Salt Lake City on November 1. After the program, Rajesh is meeting his relatives and having fun. I have compiled photos Rajesh has shared to give you the glimpse of the places he went and the people he met.
On a October 29 post Rajesh said, “In 48 hours I have moved from lush green jungles of Chitwan to concrete jungle called New York.” That was poste from Summit, NJ. In the photos he is wearing a rough jeans torn at the knees.
On October 27 he was playing with elephants in Chitwan. The following photos is
On October 31, Halloween day, Rajesh was at Jal Shah’s house. He shared photos of himself with the actress and with the trick-or-treating kids. For some reason, Rajesh later deleted those photos. Here is one of those photos:
UPDATE 1 : Photos of Bhai Tika of Rajesh Hamal, Dilip Rayamajhi, Jal Shah, Namrata Shrestha, Nisha Sunar are added.
The second biggest festival in Nepal after Dashain, Tihar has been wrapped up on Friday November 13. The last day of Tihar – Bhai Tika is celebrated by brothers and sisters to show their love and dedication to each other. On the occasion, despite of economic blockade from India, people have followed the tradition. Update
Top 5 Bhai Tika moments:
- Komal Oli’s petrol presents to her brothers
- Palpasa Dangol’s – Bhaitika in Teaching Hospital
- Dilip Rayamajhi and Jal Shah celebrate Bhai Tika after 13 years
- Rista Basnet got well just in time for Bhai Tika
- New sisters and brothers
The beauty of Bhai Tika is that people make new brothers and sisters during the festival. For example, Takme Budha (Wilson Bikram Rai) and Ashma DC and Sanyukta Puri, Jal Shah and Bikrant Basnet, Nisha Sunar and Suman Budha Magar, Naresh Bhattarai and Sapana Chamling Rai became new brothers/sisters this year.
Singer, journalist and actress Komal Oli made this year’s Bhai Tika memorable by presenting 2-litres petrol to each of her brothers. At the time of petrol-crisis in Nepal, that would certainly made the happiest brothers.
Comedy actress Palpasa Dangol, popularly known as Chamsuri has urine infection and was rushed to emergency room in Teaching Hospital right before Bhai Tika. As she had to be treated in the hospital, her brothers visited Dangol in hospital bed to take Bhai Tika. Palpasa has told that that was one of the most memorable Bhai Tika in her life.
A cultural program titled “Nepali Pan Nepali Maan Ramailo Sanjh” with Nepali artists was organized at Salt Lake City, Utah on November 1. The program was special in the sense that actress Jal Shah organized the program and actor Rajesh Hamal was the chief guest from Nepal.
With Rajesh Hamal the program also featured actor Dilip Rayamajhi, actress Arunima Lamsal, singer Ram Krishna Dhaka, singer Yam Baral, singer Nisha Sunar, singer Sangita Thapa Magar and others. Other artists include choreographer Nabin KC and Luna Shrestha.
Nepali Movie – Malati
Starring – Shiva Shrestha, Jal Shah etc.
Nepali movie ‘Malati’ produced under Golden Eyes Cinemakers is an old movie featuring Shiva Shrestha with Jal Shah. There is another another movie of similar name ‘Malati ko Bhatti’ (watch ‘Malati Ko Bhatti’ here). Singer Yam Baral is also featured in the movie at around 1:20:30.
Nepali film – 16 Barse Jowan
Starring – Shiva Shrestha, Niruta Singh , Jal Shah, Ramesh Upreti, Dilip Rayamajhi, Ishowri Pradhan, Arjun Shrestha.
Director – Sambhu Pradhan
The guest artists in the movie are Saranga Shrestha and Puran Joshi
The movie ‘Shorha Barshe Jowan’ is a multi-starrer, hit movie by Sambhu Pradhan made under Ishwori Arts International banner and Arjun Shrestha presentation.
Nepali Movie – Chalchitra
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Ganesh Upreti , Saranga Shrestha, Jal Shah, Deepa Shree Niraula, Soniya Malla, Chiranjibi Basnet, Basundhara Bhusal, Laxmi Giri, Shiva Hari Poudel, Deepak Raj Giri, Daman Rupakheti, Jitu Nepal etc.
Director – Bishow Basnet
The movie ‘Chalchitra’ is the fourth presentation of CB Films by Chiranjivi Basnet. The artist Rajudhowj Rana, director Narayan Puri and journalist Rabi Lamichhane are featured in their own roles. Manoj KC, Rubayanath Koirala and Binod Chipalu are the guest artists in the movie.
Nepali Movie – Dautari
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Jal Shah, Melina Manandhar etc.
Director – Dayaram Dahal
A presentation of AI film, Nepali movie ‘Dautari’ (also called ‘Dauntaree’) features child artists Ashish Khanal, Binaya Bhattarai, Ashish Malla and Roshani Shrestha. The movie features the script / dialogue of Amar Rasaili, story of Sunita Bajagain, choreography of Prabesh Bantawa, action of NB Maharjan, editing by Rajani Pant, lyrics of Dayaram Dahal / Sambhujit Baskota / Sahadev Dhungana, music of Sambhujit Baskota, cinematography of Dik Khadka, and produced by Draupada Bajagain.
Nepali Movie – Sanyas
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Gauri Malla, Jal Shah, Arjun Shrestha, Gopal Raut, Subash Gajurel, Rama Thapaliya, Ramesh Upreti, Rejina Upreti etc.
Director – Sambhu Pradhan
A presentation of Arjun Shrestha, Nepali movie ‘Sanyas’ features Rajesh Hamal, Gauri Malla with Jal and Arjun in the leading roles. The movie features child artists Shrya Simkhada and Munni Budhathoki. Guest artists in the movie are Ramesh Upreti, Rejina Upreti, Jagan Shrestha etc. The background music is composed by Sanjay Shrestha, lyrics by Yadav Kharel / Dr. Bhola Rijal / Sambhujit Baskota, action by Rajendra Khadgi, choreography by Basanta Shrestha, music by Sambhujit Baskota, cinematography by Dik Khadka, script / dialogue/ story by Nutan Pradhan, produced by Ballu Parajuli / Krishna Subedi and editing by Shambhu Pradhan.
Nepali Movie – Timinai Basyau Mero Manma
Starring – Jal Shah, Amar Thapa, Dinesh Sharma, Narayan Tripathi, Sunil Thapa, Mukunda Kishor Bhattarai, Gopal Bhutani etc.
Director – Banni Pradhan
Nepali film ‘Timinai Basyau Mero Manma’ is a presentation Samundra Bhattachan for Taka Films Production banner. Guest artists in the film are Ganesh Upreti, Anita KC, Simanta Udash, Bishnu Malla and Rajani Rana Magar. The film features art by Gopal Bhutani, background music by Parashuram Chaudhary, script / dialogue Abinash Shrestha, action by Rajendra Khadgi, choreography by Shanta Nepali / Basanta Shrestha, editing by Narendra Khadka, cinematography by Chandraprakash Ghimire, music by Sambhujit Baskota and produced by Mohan Deep Rana.
Nepali Film – Kasto Samjhauta
Starring – Ramesh Upreti, Jal Shah, Sharmila Malla, Rabi Shah, Subhadra Adhikari, Sushila Rayamajhi, Gopal Raj Mainali, Narayan Tripathi etc.
Director – Deepak Rayamajhi
A film of late director Deepak Rayamajhi ‘Kasto Samjhauta’ is produced by Durga Kumari Rijal. Palpasa and Manshigh Chaudhari are featured in guest roles in the film. Art mixing is done by Gopal Bhutani, editing by Rajani Pant, choreography by Raju Shah, action of Rajendra Khadgi, music direction by Shakti Ballav, script / dialogue by Abinash Shrestha, cinematography by Murari Thakur, and story by Shyam Sundar Rijal.
Nepali film – Shankar
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Bipana Thapa, Jal Shah, Dinesh DC, Sushil Pokharel, Hemanta Budhathoki, Narayan Tripathi, Rajendra Khadgi, Gopal Prasad Mainali etc.
Starring – Narayan Puri
The movie ‘Shankar’ released in 1997 was a super hit movie of the time. The movie established the image of Rajesh Hamal as Shankar. was a hit movie of the time.
Nepali Film – Kancha
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Karishma Manandhar, Subhadra Adhikari, Laxmi Shrestha, Rama Thapaliya, Kiran KC, Gopal Bhutani, Hiuwala Gautam, Jal Shah etc.
Director – Surya Bohara
Kancha is the first presentation of Shivapuri Films by Diamond Singh Malla. The director, Surya Bohara had written the story script and the dialogue of the movie. The movie featuring Karishma, Jal Shah was one of the hit movies of the time. After a long gap, Surya Bohara had recently produced ‘Mutu’ and ‘Thuli’.