The festival of Shiva Ratri is synonyms with Bhang, dhaturo and Ganja (Marijuana or Cannabis). Although the use of ganja is prohibited in other times, it is usually free during the time of shiva ratri. In the festival, youths and older people go to Pashupati area to smoke ganja.
Shiva Ratri for different age group
- Children and youths – they ask for alm on road by blocking the road and asking for money. The collected money is usually used to purchase wood for the fire used in the night.
- Married women fast and worship lord Shiva for the longevity of their husbands.
- Unmarried women also fast and worship Shiva and ask for the husband like him.
- Older males – worship shiva and enjoy the festival by drinking juices and laddu containing bhang and smoking ganja.
Fasting for their husband and future husband is a tradition in declining trend. I believe, that is the remains of the male dominated society. Continue reading
A new movie ‘Rajja Rani’ was announced at the time of Valentine Day week. In the event organized to announce the new movie, Keki Adhikari and Nazir Hussien shared rose and heart shaped ballon. In the movie, Keki and Nazir are going to be featured as the youths of Terai region. Watch the video report:
The announcement ceremony was held in Kathmandu on February 12, 2017. With Keki and Nazir Kameshowr Chaurasiya and Laxmi Bardewa will also be featured in main role in the movie.
A few days, a news about actress, Rekha Thapa was published in an English website about her death. But, she later confirmed that she was still alive.
The news was so written that, nobody could suspect it to be fake. It gave real data to support the fake news. It also quoted a doctor to confirm her death. The background information of the actress was correct.
Today, another similar fake news was published in the website. The website has written the news in a professional manner giving every details of the ex-president.
When asked, the ex-president was found to be safe and sound in his home. A video report:
Who is writing the fake news?
The website doesn’t mention anything about the reporter or the editor of the website. There is no information about who has registered the website.
After the release of her last movie ‘Rampyari’ on the last week of last year (in 2072 BS), no new movies of the actress were released this year. Till now, no new movies of Rekha are scheduled to release this year. This year, Rekha didn’t produce any movies either. In the past she used to produce one movie every year. Next year, she has announced ‘Rudrapriya’.
In addition to her home production movie, Rekha has worked in three movies out of her banner this year. The shooting of ‘Palas’ and ‘Diarry’ has completed. The third movie ‘Hero Returns’ is in its last stage. The movie ‘Diarry’ was initially scheduled to release on Chaitra 11. Now, the scheduled has changed.
Although no dates have been announced, all three movies are expected to release next year. In addition to the outside banner movies, Rekha is also planning to release her next movie ‘Rudra Priya’ on Dashain. So, 4 new movies of Rekha are going to release next year.
Once, the top actress of the Nepal movie industry, Rekha Thapa’s charm in these days has been reduced. In addition to film, Rekha has been trying to get in social work and politics. She had started Rekha Thapa Foundation. Although the initial work of the organization was promising, there are no news of any activities of the organization these days.
In politics, she joined Maoist initially. Now, she is the central committee member of Rastriya Prajatantra Party.
Marriage in Hero Returns
The marriage between Rekha Thapa and the actor of the movie Dil Shrestha was performed at the sets of the movie. Some online magazine had termed it as a real marriage and they revealed the truth at the end of the article. I have prepared a video report about the issue:
Starting the year 2017, I have decided to feature the artist of the month. For the whole month I will be focused on one particular artist while preparing videos, news and movies.
To choose which artist to feature for the month, I am going to post a poll in Twitter. For the month of January I have posted a poll in Twitter with four options:
- Rekha Thapa
- Rajes Hamal
- Karishma Manandhar
- Anmol KC
At the time of this writing, Rajesh Hamal is leading. Most probably Rajesh Hamal is going to be the artist of the month of January 2016. I will write a separate post for the artist of the month after the 24 hours time limit of the following poll ends. (if you don’t use Twitter, please tell your choice in comment.)
A video report on how Shilpa Pokharel is in Rekha Thapa path:
A new twist has happened in Chhabiraj Ojha’s life in the past few years – after Rekha divorced and new actress,Shilpa Pokharel entered his life. The important events are:
- Rekha Thapa left Chhabiraj Ojha.
- Rekha Thapa took Rekha Films with her forcing Chhabi to register Chhabiraj Production. But, Chhabi wasn’t willing to let Rekha go. So, he and Rekha did a joint production movie – ‘Hifajat’ and Rekha was the lead actress.
- Rekha went solo in ‘Kali’ and Chhabi went solo in ‘Loafer’. They annouced to release both movies on the same date. But, Rekha acted smarter and asked Chhabi to distribute the movie and delay ‘Loafer’.
- In the mean time Chhabi and Rekha accused each other for betraying.
- After 4 years of separation, Chhabi asked for the formal divorce.
- Chhabi was so obsessed with Rekha that, he searched for the actress who looked similar to Rekha. Found Rajani KC to work in ‘Loafer’. The movie failed to win viewers heart.
- Chhabi found another Rekha look-alike, Shilpa Pokharel. Shilpa’s movie ‘Lazza’ became successful opening the possibility of Shilpa’s entry in Chhabi’s life.
- Now, actress Shilpa Pokharel is going to be the next Rekha Thapa in Chhabi camp, after being featured as the presenter of Mangalam and the news of her marriage to Chhabi.
Similarity in Rekha and Shilpa:
Nepali top actress Rekha Thapa has formally entered RPP (Rastriya Prajatantra Party) in an event held in Kathmandu on December 12, 2016. The president of RPP Kamal Thapa welcomed the top actress in the Nepali movie industry in the special event held in a restaurant. Video report:
I prepared a video before she was formally given the membership:
Rekha Thapa lied
Now, at the time of this writing, the event is over and Rekha Thapa has told the reason of her choice. She also claimed that she was never a member of Maoist party. Talking in the ceremony she told that she wants to die under the national flag and the flag of RPP.
In the event, Rekha Thapa claimed that she had never taken the membership of CPN Maoist party. That is an outright lie because:
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.
5 milestones of Chhabi Raj Ojha as a Nepali movie producer was first published on Feb 9, 2014. I have re-written the post and updated with one more milestone added at the end. So, it has now become “6 milestones of Chhabi Raj Ojha”.
In 2040 BS Chhabi Raj Ojha started the distribution of Hindi movie. Originally from Dharan, Chhabi moved to Kathmandu to start film distribution. The first Nepali movie he distributed was ‘Bhagya Rekha’ – a movie produced by Chiranjivi Basnet and directed by Deepak Rayamajhi. At that time, he had also gone to Madras for the post production of the movie. Although the movie wasn’t successful commercially, it taught Chhabi the film business. The failure of ‘Bhagyarekha’ prompted Chhabi to find out the reason the movie wasn’t successful. After analysis of the cause and the solution, Chhabi proposed a new concept to the director Deepak Rayamajhi and he also promised to finance the movie.
Updated video on Chhabi’s milestones:
Producer Chhabi Raj Ojha’s film production milestones:
Milestone 1 -Yug Dekhi Yug Samma
The movie ‘Yug Dekha Yug Samma’ marks the debut of Chhabi as a producer. The movie was also the debut movie of Rajesh Hamal and action director Rajendra Khadgi. All three new faces in the film industry – Chhabi Raj Ojha, Rajesh Hamal and Rajendra Khadgi made it big in the Nepali movie industry.
The trailer of the debut movie of actress Chhulthim Gurung as a producer, ‘Diarry’ features actress Rekha Thapa in negative role. Chhulthim debuted as an actress in ‘November Rain’ and was appreciated for her acting skills. ‘Diarry’ is her second movie as an actress and the first movie as a producer.
The movie made on love and revenge story is an action and suspense thriller movie. It is the first time actress Rekha is featured in negative role. While Rekha Thapa is a villain, Chhulthim is featured in the central character of the movie.
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 Film – Lav Kush
Cast: Rajesh Hamal, Niruta Singh, Rekha Thapa, Ramit Dhungana, Mithila Sharma, Ram Chandra Adhikari, Bijaya Deuja, Sunil Thapa etc.
Direction – Gyanendra Deuja
About ‘Lav Kush’
Nepali movie ‘Lav Kush’ is a presentation of Ram Krishna Bajgai for Jaya Chamunda Mai banner.
The story of the movie is written by Sunita Baral, (Bajgain), screenplay and Dailouge by Bikash Acharya. Music is composed by Laxman Shesh. Choreography by Raju Shah, action by Rajendra Khadgi, editing by Rajani Pant, background score by Samrat Thapa and cinematography by Bhim Rana.
Watch the full movie ‘Lav Kush’
Like previous years, I am sharing the photos of the Nepali celebrities celebrating Bhai Tika. Tihar being the second biggest festival in Nepal, it is celebrated by almost everybody. The festival involves worshiping dog, crow, cow, bull and siblings. I had written about the 5 Days of Tihar festival in a previous post.
The photos of the previous years:
Priyanka Karki’s Bhai Tika and Laxmi Puja celebration:
Rekha Thapa’s Bhai Tika Celebration:
Deepawali and rangoli are usually made by women in the house. So, I haven’t found any male celebrities sharing the such artworks online. I have collected the photos of the Nepali film actresses and some videos to compile the following video. In the background I have used a video clip of the well known comedy poet, Shailendra Simkhada, telling one of his latest poems in the Sisnopani Deusi program held on the Deepawali day in Kathmandu.
Shailendra’s poems are satirical and funny. Sometimes the words in the poem and the photos might seem connected but, that is not true. I have placed the photos of the actresses alphabetically, so if you find any connection between the words in the poem and the photos, it is not intentional.
Watch the video:
In addition to the poem of Shailendra Simkhada and photos of actresses celebrating Laxmi Puja, I have also added a video clip at the end of the video of actress Priyanka Karki dancing with the little Bhailo girls at her home. The song she is dancing is one of the most popular songs of her movie in theatre ‘Chhaka Panja’. The movie had recently celebrated 51-days in theatre. Continue reading
After Rekha Thapa, Priyanka Karki, Namrata Shrestha, Niruta Singh, Chhulthim Gurung etc., another Nepali actress has also tried singing. This time, the ‘Prem Geet’ actress, Pooja Sharma has become a new singer. The actress has given voice to a song titled ‘Prem Katha’, a duet song with a well known singer, Anil Singh.
In addition to giving their voices, both Anil Singh and Pooja Sharma are also featured as the models in the music video (music video is attached at the end of this post). My video report about Pooja’s debut in singing:
Pooja had also released a song in January this year. But, she took it offline before I could review it for some unknown reasons. Two other actresses who had also released music videos in January 2016 were Priyanka Karki and Chhulthim Gurung. I had shared their music videos at that time.