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:
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.
One of the most successful film producer of the Nepali movie industry, Chhabi Raj Ojha has turned 52 years old on November 22, 2016. To celebrate his birthday, actress Shilpa Pokharel threw a surprise celebration party. It was a very small and private party with only 4-5 people.
Telling about the party Shilpa wrote, “Surprise birthday celebration. Happy birthday to dear Chhabi ji (Baa). Many happy returns of the day.” Shilpa’s excitement can be felt in the way she has written the message. She has repeated “birthday” four times in a 20+ words long message.
Chhabi and Shilpa relationship
Chhabi introduced Shilpa in ‘Lazza’. Shilpa was signed in ‘Kismat 2’ even before the completion of her first movie ‘Lazza’. But ,before ‘Kismat 2’ production started, she was featured in ‘Hawaldar Suntali’. At the time of the release of the first movie ‘Lazza’ they fabricated a news about Chhabi marrying Shilpa. In the interviews after the movie, they admitted that they had lied about the marriage for the promotion of the movie.
Shilpa had once told, “People had come to the theatre just to see Chhabi’s girlfriend.”
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
At the time of Dashain holiday, two new movies ‘Kismat 2’ and ‘Subba Saab’ are released in theatres on October 7, 2016. The movie ‘Kismat 2’ is a Chhabiraj Production movie – a sequel of a hit movie ‘Kismat’, but made in a new story. Another movie ‘Subba Saab’ is director Raju Adhikari’s presentation. These movies are released at the time ‘Chhaka Panja’ is keeping its holdover for a month.
The movie got a lot of media coverage because of the rumour of the marriage between Chhabi Raj Ojha and the actress Shilpa Pokharel. Similar rumour during the release of ‘Lazza’ had resulted in the success of the movie. It is to be seen if repeating similar rumour at the time of the release of another movie will be equally helpful. Directed by Rishi Lamichhane ‘Kismat 2’ features Shilpa Pokharel with Prithivi Raj and Kishor Khatiwoda.
It seems, Chhabi is planning to produce the sequels of all the hit movies made under Rekha Films. After the completion of the sequel of ‘Kismat’, ‘Kismat 2’, Chhabi and Shilpa are busy in the preparation of another sequel ‘Hifajat 2’.
The video report on the news:
The movie ‘Hifajat’ was released in 2010. The movie had gone through a few controversies including the photo morphing in the poster and wearing religious clothes in provocative manner. For the promotion of the movie, Rekha had told that she had prepared 30 mini-skirts for the movie. Rekha had used the miniskirt as the promotional stunt. She had told that she has worn nothing but miniskirts till the end of the first half (read more about the ‘Hifajat’ promotional stunt).
Watch ‘Hifajat’ here.
Chhabi Raj Ojha’s next movie ‘Kismat 2’ is releasing in the Dashain this year. It seems, the film team is well prepared not to leave any stone unturned. The lead actress, Shilpa Pokharel has told in an interview that if her family agrees, she is willing to marry Chhabi Raj Ojha. Based on previous statement, I think, she is very unlikely to marry Chhabi and it is only a publicity stunt. This time, Chhabi had prepared the situation by formally divorcing Rekha Thapa in the court.
I did an analysis of the situation and prepared the following video:
UPDATE: Karishma Manandhar has made the clarification that she hadn’t chosen the actresses but Kantipur had asked her to share her thoughts on the five actresses.
The actress, Karishma Manandhar, has chosen the top five actresses in Nepali film industry. In a report published in Kantipur by Gokarna Gautam, the top five actresses according to Karishma are:
- Priyanka Karki
- Namrata Shrestha
- Richa Sharma
- Keki Adhikari
- Shilpa Pokharel
It is to be noted that Shilpa Pokahrel is featured the lead actress in Karishma’s last week release ‘Fagu’. Although, all the movies of Shilpa released so far are hit (both ‘Lazza’ and ‘Hawaldar Suntali’ were hit and ‘Fagu’ is doing well in theater) Karishma has placed her in the fifth place.
On Friday, February 19, 2016, three new Nepali movies are releasing in theater. Karishma Manandhar‘s production movie ‘Fagu’, Anil Thapa’s movie ‘Ko Afno’ and BS Balami’s movie ‘Soldier’ are competing to attract viewers in theater.
Details of each of the movie are given below:
The comeback movie of the producer Karishma Manandhar after the failure of ‘Babu Shaheb’ is expected to win the hearts of the viewers. The female oriented movie is made on the story of a woman in Terai. Actress Shilpa Pokharel is in the leading role in the movie with other artists Rajesh Hamal, Gauri Malla, Pramod Agrahari, Subash Parajuli and Tika Pahari. The movie is directed by Samjhana Upreti Rauniyar. The movie features the music of Basanta Sapkota, action of Himal KC, editing of Bipin Malla, choreography of Kamal Rai and cinematography of Ram Sharan upreiti. The movie is mostly shot in Birgunj and the surrounding area.
The winners of the Digital Cine Award 2072, organized by Chhaya Chhabi Creation was announced in a special program held in Kathmandu on December 21, 2015. In the award ceremony, the movie ‘November Rain’ bagged the most award – a total of eight awards including the best actors, best actress, best director awards.
While ‘November Rain’ became the best movie, ‘Bhimdatta’ was awarded the Critics Award and ‘Sunpani’ became the Special Film. Late actor Shree Krishna Shrestha‘s movie ‘Kohinoor’ was awarded the public choice award. Producer and film distributor Gopal Kayastha and actress Gauri Malla were awarded with Chhaya Chhabi Film Artist honor award. Film journalist Dabbu Chhetri was awarded the Chhaya Chhabi Film Journalism Award of value Rs. 7,777.
Watch Award winning movies
This is a partial list of the winners. Only the full movies available in xnepali are linked to the page to watch them:
The director of the move that has celebrated its 71 days in theater recently, Ujjwal Ghimire, has landed in the next project of the popular film maker, Chhabi Raj Ojha. Although Chhabi is known to stick with one actress for a long time, he keeps on changing the directors of his movies.
Ujjwal Ghimire had directed of two of Chhabi’s previous hit movies – ‘Kismat’ and ‘Andaaz’. They were made under Rekha Films banner.
(Watch ‘Kismat’ here and watch ‘Andaaz’ here)
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.
Nepali Movie – Hawaldar Suntali
Starring – Kishor Khatiwoda, Sabin Shrestha, Shilpa Pokharel, BS Rana, Deshbhakta Khanal, Ramchandra Adhikari, Dhruba Koirala, Tirtha Thapa etc.
Director – Rishi Lamichhane
Nepali Movie ‘Hawaldar Suntali’ is the last movie produced by Chhabi Raj Ojha under his Chhabiraj Films banner. He is currently busy in the production of ‘Kismat 2’ featuring actress Shilpa in leading role. The movie was promoted as being made on the life of Suntali Dhami – the police officer who was raped by her co-worker police officers. The movie introduction however states that the story is not based on real incidents or people.
In a program held at Ganesh Mandir at Kamaladi, the shooting of the upcoming movie ‘Kismat 2’ was officially inaugurated. The movie is a sequel of the successful movie by Chhabi Raj Ojha, ‘Kismat’. In the event, the script and the clap-board of the movie were worshiped in the temple of the god, Ganesh. In Hindu culture, god Ganesh is considered the god to help during the initial stage of any work.
The shooting of the movie is scheduled to start on September 10 in locations in Jomsom. Director Rishi Lamichhane is directing the movie. Shyam Bhattarai was the director selected to direct the movie initially. But, as Shyam headed towards the USA and is not expected to return back anytime soon, Rishi is chosen to direct the movie. The director Shyam Bhattarai had gone on the refuge of Chhabi Ojha when he was kicked out of Rekha Thapa‘s movie, ‘Himmatwali’. To compensate for the unjust caused by Rekha, Chhabi had promised to let Shyam direct one of his movies.
Nepali Movie – Lazza
Starring – Aryan Sigdel, Shilpa Pokharel, Mithila Sharma, Kiran KC etc.
Director – Nawal Nepal
Hit Nepali movie ‘Lazza’ is the debut movie of Shilpa Pokharel. Shilpa has replaced actress Rekha Thapa as she has been featured in three consecutive movies of Chhabi Raj Ojha camp including ‘Hawaldar Suntali’ and ‘Kismat 2’. The movie is made jointly under Chhabi Raj Films and Guna Films and is presented by Chhabi Raj Ojha. The movie features the music of Chetan Sapkota, lyrics of Kiran Kharel, action of Chandra Panta, choreography of Kabiraj Gahatraj, editing by Ananta Thapaliya, cinematography by Madan Kashyap Ghimire. The story of the movie is jointly written by Nawal Nepal and Chhabi Raj Ojha and script is written by Nawal Nepal. The movie was released on October 25, 2014 with ‘Stupid Man’.