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.
Scandals and the movie industry go hand-in-hand. But, sex scandals are tragic in nature. People need to be more tolerant in sex related issues. I have compiled a video report on the top 5 sex scandals involving the Nepali movie industry personalities.
Watch the video report:
I have discussed about four actresses and a singer.
Shrisha Karki – A photo of Shrisha was published in Jana Astha weekly magazine in 2002. Shrisha committed suicide three days after the incident. The issue created a huge protest on street.
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:
Nepali Movie – Chakrabyuha
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Pooja Lama, Amrit Jung Basnet, Sumina Shrestha, Muralidhar, Subhadra Adhikari, Rabindra Khadka etc.
Director – Badri Adhikari
The Nepali movie ‘Chakrabyuha’ is produced by Chiranjivi Basnet for CB Films. The movie directed by Badri Adhikari features the music composed by Sambhujit Baskota.
Watch ‘Chakrabyuha’, full Nepali movie:
Nepali Movie – Ekata
Starring – Pooja Lama, Birendra Shrestha, Nabina Shrestha etc.
Director – Dev Kumar Shrestha
Watch full movie ‘Ekata’ in a single part:
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:
Nepali Movie – Papi
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Bipana Thapa, Amrit Lama, Pooja Lama, Bijaya Deuja, Gopal Bhutani, Sunil Thapa, Rajendra Khadgi etc.
Director – Narayan Puri
The movie ‘Papi’ is a presentation of Min Sagar Lama. Rajendra Khadgi is the executive producer of the movie.
Actors Amrit Lama and Pooja Lama are the new faces in the movie. Actor Ranendra Khadgi is featured in a special guest role. Shiva, Kishor and Umesh are featured in guest roles. Child artist is Abinash Lalchan. The movie features the arts by Gopal Bhutani, story of Rajesh Sayami / Min Sagar Lama, script by Creative Group, cinematography by Shiva Kishor Dhakal, choreography by Raju Shah, Pradeep Shrestha is assistant choreographer, Rajendra Khadgi is the action director, music by Sambhujit Baskota, editing by Subodh Shrestha, Nawal Nepal / Sharad KC are assistant directors. The producers are Tshiring Lama, Nima Lama and Ratna Lama.
Comedy Movie – Half Boil
Starring – Suvash Gajurel, Pooja Lama, Ravi Dangol, Manoj KC, Resham Khadka etc.
Director – Ravi Dangol
The comedy film features the lyrics of Dinesh Neupane, songs by James Pradhan, Pooja Lama and Mohit Munal. Production manager is Keshav Ghimire, choreography by Dinesh Adhikari, graphics by Dipen Chaudhari, music by James Pradhan, cinematography by Prakash Shrestha, story/script/dialogue by Ravi Dangol, editing by Shankar Koirala, Executive Producer Manoj KC and Produced by Bijaya Bista. Direction assistance by Narayan Puri and production assistance by Sunil Thapa. Actor Gopal Nepal (Fistey) is featured in guest role and actress Uma Giri is a new face in the movie.
Nepali Movie – Love Story 2066
Starring – Nikhil Upreti, Arjun Karki, Sanjita Gurung, RP Pant, Pooja Lama, Mamata Thapa etc.
Director – Deepak Rayamajhi
A presentation of Wave Production by Bikram Giri, ‘Love Story 2066’ is a film featuring actors Nikhil Upreti, Arjun Karki and Pooja Lama. Pooja Lama is featured in a special role. Actress Mamata Thapa is a new face in the film. The action in the movie is directed by NB Maharjan, choreography by Basanta Shrestha / Raju Shah, cinematography by Deepak Bantawa, editing by Banish Shah, music by Chetan Sapkota and story / script / executive producer Madan Tamrakar. Karishma Manandhar had unveiled the music of the movie in an event held in May, 2010, a month before the release of the movie.
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.
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.
** Original article continues**
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)
First Nepali horror movie made with supernatural concept. A Nirmal Ratna Shakya presentation:
Nepali Movie: Ek Din Ek Raat (2011)
Starring – Vinay Shrestha, Diya Maskey, Anup Baral, Karma, Pooja Lama, Menuka Pradhan, Gauri Malla and BS Thapa (special Appearance) etc.
Story / Director – Dev Kumar Shrestha
Nepali Movie – Ek Din Ek Raat
A sexy dance of Pooja Lama in Tokyo, Japan in 2009. That was before she converted herself to a Muslim. Pooja is popular for her love affairs, sex scandal and modeling photo shots.
Pooja Lama singing in Japan
The following list of links feature Nepali model, actress, and singer, Pooja Lama in various stages after the release of her sex scandal. In the short time she got married, separated, gone to middle east, and has transformed herself from Buddhist to Muslim.
But, this is only a small part of her life after October of 2009.
A similar list can be created for the life of Pooja Lama before 2009.
Pooja got married at 18. She gave birth to a son and got separated from the first husband.