The shooting of the movie produced jointly by Chhabi Raj Ojha and Shilpa Pokharel ‘Mangalam’ has finished. The shooting was packed up two days earlier than previously scheduled. According to the report, the movie was scheduled to complete in 35 days but it was finished in 33rd days.
The movie ‘Mangalam’ features the romance of Shilpa Pokharel and Prithivi Raj Prasai. Actress Samragyee RL Shah is also featured in as an actress in the movie. The debut movie of the actress Shilpa Pokharel, as a producer, is scheduled to release on Dashain of this year.
Marriage rumour between Chhabi and Shilpa
During the release of Shilpa Pokharel’s debut movie, Chhabi intentionally created a rumour about their marriage. In a program by Prakash Subedi, Chhabi and Shilpa admitted that they were going to marry soon. Later, in an interview, Shilpa told, “That was a very good strategy. Many viewers went to see the movie to see Chhabi’s girlfriend.”
The Number 1 actress is no longer the top actress in the Nepali film industry – according to a survey among 10 well known Nepali directors. In fact, Shilpa has gone a rank higher than Rekha Thapa. It seems, she is on her path to be the top actress.
Watch the top 10 actresses:
Personally, I think other actresses deserve the top position rather than actress Keki Adhikari. It could be either Namrata Shrestha or Priyanka Karki. Namrata has won all the film awards this year. She has a very good track record of successful movies. Priyanka Karki is also a good actress and one of the busiest actress in the film industry.
Keki is a good actress but, she hasn’t been careful in her choice of movies. Although she has done a very good job, none of her movies have been that successful.
This list of top 10 actresses was chosen from the views of the following directors by ‘Today’, a weekly of Annapurna Post:
Nepali Movie – Fagu
Starring – Shilpa Pokharel, Rajesh Hamal, Subash Parajuli, Gauri Malla, Tika Pahadi, Basanta Bhatta, Pramod Agarahari, Bishnu Sapkota etc.
Director – Samjhana Upreti Rauniyar
A presentation of Surya Arts by Binod Manandhar, Karishma’s movie ‘Fagu’ is the second movie by the director Samjhana Upreti Rauniar. The cinematography by Ramsharan Upreti, choreography by Kamal Rai, music by Basanta Sapkota, lyrics by Dayaram Pandey, action by Himal KC, editing jointly by Banish Shah and Bhupendra Adhikari. The team of producers include Binod Manandhar, Milan Babu Malla, Rajan Jain, Niraj Jain, Hom Paribag, Shyam Shrestha, and Samjhana U.Rauniar. Despite excessive promotion, the movie wasn’t liked by the viewers.
Fagu was released on February last year. (release news)
Watch ‘Fagu’ full movie (UPDATED)
Nepali Movie – Brindaban
Starring – Silpa Pokharel, Kishor Khatiwada etc.
Director – Rajbahadur Sane
The movie ‘Brindaban’ is an action movie by Rudrakshya Films directed by Raj Bahadur Sane. The movie features a monkey in a prominent role. Music by Deepak Sharma and Bikash Chaudhary, dance by Ramji Lamichhane, cinematography by Dibya Raj Subedi, editing by Tara Thapa”Kimbhe”, and vfx by Dasarath Ghimire. The movie was released in September of 2016.
watch full movie ‘Brindaban’
Actress Shilpa Pokharel has debuted as a producer under Chhabiraj Production banner. The next movie of Chhabi Raj Ojha is titled ‘Mangalam’ and is presented by the actress of the movie, Shilpa Pokarel. Shilpa is also named the executive producer of the movie. The movie was inaugurated in an event held at Ganesh mandir in Kamaladi and Maitidevi Mandir.
Video report (I prepared this video a month ago)
In the inauguration ceremony, the cast and the crew of the movie were present. The movie led by Shilpa Pokharel will also featured Puspal Khadka and Prithivi Raj Prasai in leading role. The shooting of the movie will start on Magh 7 at various locations in Kathmandu.
According to the producer Pokharel, all of the shooting of the movie will be done in Kathmandu. The movie team will go out of the valley for the shooting of a song in the movie.
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: