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.
Nepali Movie – Phool
Starring – Nir Shah, Yubaraj Lama, Sirjana Basnet, Raj Ballav Koirala, Garima Pant, Niraj Baral, Sunil Dutta Pandey, Kiran KC, Rajaram Poudel, Naresh Poudel, Deshbhakta Khanal etc.
Director – Shiva Regmi
Watch the full movie ‘Phool’ in a single part:
Nepali Movie – Sangharsha Jindagiko
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Bipana Thapa, Sirjana Basnet, Tika Pahadi, Deepak Raj Giri, Niru Khadka, Rabi Giri, Samdey Sherpa etc.
Director – Vinod Sereng
The movie named different during the making had to be renamed ‘Sangharsha Jindagiko’ at the time of release because of a lengthy delay in making and the release. The movie was released in August of 2010. The movie ‘Sangharsha Jindagiko’ is a presentation of Kiran Bajracharya is written and directed by Vinod Sereng.
Nepali Movie – Thule
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Bipana Thapa, Deepak Raj Giri, Amrit Jung Basnet, Sirjana Basnet, Deepak Chhetri, Hemanta Budhathoki, Rama Thapaliya, Daman Rupakheti, Salon Basnet etc.
Director – Surendra Shah
A second presentation of Archana Films by Surendra Shah, Nepali movie ‘Thule’ features Rajesh Hamal as thule. Sirjana Basnet is featured in a special role in the movie. Salon Basnet is a child artist in the movie. Nirmal Sharma and Dr. Pramodkumar Gautam are in guest roles. Pratima Rai is a baby artist. The story of the movie is written by Surendra Shah, screenplay/dialogue by Amar Rasaili, cinematographer is Deek Khadka.
Nepali Moive – Jwala
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Sirjana Basnet, Rupa Rana, Hari Prasad Rimal, Subhadra Adhikari, Harihar Sharma, Tika Pahari, Madan Das Shrestha, Ratan Subedi, Shikha Malla etc.
Director – Mukunda Bastakoti
Nepali movie ‘Jwala’ is a presentation of Anand Films. The cinematographer of the movie was Mahar Khan, editor was Bal Krishna Singh and was made on the story of Panch Akela.
Nepali Movie – Birasat
Starring – Bhuwan KC, Sonia KC, Suvekshya Thapa, Sirjana Basnet, Subhadra Adhikari, GK Sharma, Puskar Bhatta, Sundar Shrestha etc.
Director – Govinda Gautam
The movie ‘Birasat’ is a movie by Rimesh Adhakari is made under the banner of Padma Kumari Films (3rd film). The movie is made on the concept of Rimesh and directed by the script writer Govina Gautam. The executive producer of the movie is Akkal Singh, music by Bipin Acharya, fight director is Janak Gurung, cinematography by Rameshowr Karki, and choreography by Babbu Thapa. Samar Thapa is the new face in the movie. Shradha Baniya and
Watch the full movie in a single part:
Nepali Movie – Achanak
Starring – Nikhil Upreti, Dilip Rayamajhi, Dhiren Shakya, Gauri Malla, Sirjana Basnet, Bikrant Basnet, Rejina Upreti, Usha Poudel, Sunil Datta Pandey, Ananda Thapa, Subash Gajurel, Sunil Thapa etc.
Director : Desh Bhakta Khanal
Nepali movie ‘Achanak’ is a presentation of the producer Saroj Sharma Tirupati Pictures. The script of the movie is written by the director Deshbhakta Khanal. The movie was released in theatre in 2011.
Jeshika Khadka is introduced in a new name in the movie. The actress previously known as Jyoti Khadka had changed her name to Jeshika after her sex scandal with comedy singer, Prakash Ojha. The actress later committed suicide.
This week two new movies ‘Nai Nabhannu La 2’ and ‘Manle Manlai Chhunchha’ are released in theaters all over Nepal.
‘Manle Manlai Chhunchha’ is the last movie of the late director Shiva Regmi. The movie made under Miracle Media banner features Biren Shrestha, Garima Pant, Suman Singh, Mithila Sharma, Sirjana Basnet etc. in main roles. The movie features the cinematography of Shambu Sapkota, editing of Banish Shah, and music of Basanta Sapkota.
Changing names is a common practice among Nepali artists for a better name or for good luck. Some astrologers suggest a different names for the success in their career. For example, Bhuwan KC changed his name to a 7-lettered Bhuwann before the release of his movie ‘Sathi Ma Timro‘. It’s a different story, the movie didn’t do well in theater. Actress Binita Baral had also changed her name to Beenita (7-letters) on the suggestion of an astrologer. The result of the change in names were not that exciting. But, that won’t deter people from changing names. Others change to a better sounding names like Shova to Nandita, Radheshyam to Ramit, Nawaraj to Nawal and so on.
A video slideshow of change in names of Nepali actresses:
A photo slideshow of the actors who have changed their names:
We had compiled a list of actresses who had changed their name when they entered the Nepali movie industry. This post incorporates male actors and some additional female actresses who had changed their name to a new name.
Nepali Movie – Mero Jiwan Sathi
Starring – Rekha Thapa, Resh Marahatta, Sushma Karki, Ragini Khadgi, Shivam Pokharel, Sirjana Basnet etc.
Writer / Screenplay – Samipya Timilsena
Director – Diwakaar Bhattarai
The movie is a presentation of Surya Karki for Yaman Music. There was a controversy during the shooting of ‘Mero Jiwan Sathi’ about Sushma Karki arriving drunk at the shooting spot.
Nepali movie – Sindoor
Starring – Biraj Bhatt, Sunil Dutt Pandey, Laxmi Giri, Sirjana Basnet, Tripti Nadkar, Nandu Sribastav, Jenisha KC, Sneha Sharma etc.
Director – Govinda Gautam
Sindoor is the first movie of Jupiter Films Production Pvt. Ltd. The movie is produced by Radhe Shyam Rai and presented by Sarita Dhungana. The script of the film is written by the direcctor Govinda Gautam himself. Background music is composed by Dinesh Sunam, choreography by Govind Rai, action by Roshan Shrestha, editing by Banish Shah, music by Bikash chaudhary, and cinematography by Deepak Bantawa.
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.
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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)
Archana Film’s 3rd movie:
Nepali Film – Karan Arjun
Casting: Rajesh Hamal, Shrijana Basnet, Mukunda Thapa, Rama Thapaliya, Shovit Basnet etc.
Story/Direction – Surendra Shah
Nepali film: Agnipath
Starring: Nikhil Upreti, Sirjana Basnet, Rejina Upreti, Sajja Mainali, Biraj Bhatt, Yubaraj Lama.
Director – Shovit Basnet
Producer(s): Yuva Raj Lama, and Shakti Pandit Pidit
Action Director: Rajendra Khadki
Music Director: Sambhujit Baskota
Production: Pashupati Records
This movie is based on a story of a Nepali Marshal art player. The movie features revenge, action, drama, and is a blockbuster movie. Agnipath had successfully celebrated 100 days in many theaters around the country.The presentation of Shovit Basnet, ‘Agneepath’ is the debut movie of Biraj Bhatt and Yubraj Lama.