The first major scandal of Nepali movie industry was that of the affair between Rajesh Hamal and Kristi KC (now Kristi Mainali). That was even before Rajesh Hamal debuted in the Nepali movie industry. Full report of the scandal:
The events leading to the scandal:
Rajesh Hamal’s maternal uncle was debuting in the Nepali film industry as a director. Deepak Rayamajhi had studied film direction in Russia and had returned back to Nepal to start his career as a director.
Deepak Rayamajhi signed Rajesh Hamal and actress Karishma KC (now Karishma Manandhar) for the leading roles in ‘Bhagya Rekha’.
The Shubhamuharta of ‘Bhagya Rekha’ was held in Hotel Bluestar. The chief guest was the Foreign Minister of that time, Shailendra Kumar Upadhayay. All the guests including the minister and Karishma had arrived in time but, the debut actor Rajesh Hamal arrived one hour late.
At that time, Karishma demanded Rs. 10,000 more if she has to be featured opposite to a new actor.
Rayamajhi signed in Kristi KC after Karishma was out of the team.
After shooting for a few days, Deepak Raymajhi was rumoured to have suspected Rajesh Hamal and Kristi KC having an affair. He kicked out both Rajesh Hamal and Kristi KC from the movie.
Rajesh Hamal was replaced by Rabindra Khadka and Kristi KC was replaced by Mausami Malla.
The movie was successful and established Deepak Rayamajhi as a credible film director in the Nepali movie industry.
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.
Nepali movie ‘Bhagya Rekha’ is a superhit love story drama with very funny comedy. The film, produced by Jyoti Rayamajhi and Kamala Upadhaya is made under the banner Surya Binayak Films. Directed by the legendary director late Deepak Rayamajhi was one of the hit films of the past. Details of ‘Bhagya Rekha’, a 1989 film, is available in FilmsOfNepal.com.
Nepali Movie – Bhagya Rekha Starring – Parshuram Chaudhary, Nitya Chaudhary, Pratima Chaudahary etc. Director – Parshuram Chaudhary
Nepali movie ‘Bhagya Rekha’ is a presentation of Nepal Max, by Renu Chaudhary. This new movie movie is NOT the original movie by the same name. The movie features the story, script, dialogue, background music and effects of the director and lead actor Parshuram Chaudhary. Others include music by Dasharath Prasad Chaudhary, choreography of Keshav Koirala, action of SK Maharjan, cinematography of Ram Narayan Chaudhary, editing of Renu Chaudhary and produced by Munar Lal Chaudhary.
Like every other fields, film writing in Nepali film industry is also dominated by males. Only a few writers are female. When the script writing is done by the wife of the director or the producer of the movie, question arises how genuine the writer is. For example, wife of noted director Sambhu Pradhan’s wife Nutan Pradhan and actor and producer Bhuwan KC‘s ex-wife Sushmita KC have also written scripts.
In 2040 BS Chhabi Raj Ojha started the distribution of Hindi movie. He moved to Kathmandu for the distribution. The first Nepali movie he distributed was ‘Bhagya Rekha’ – a movie produced by Chiranjivi Basnet and directed by Deepak Rayamajhi. The movie wasn’t successful commercially. He had also gone to Madras for the post production of the movie. After the failure of ‘Bhagyarekha’, Chhabi proposed a concept to Deepak Rayamajhi and promised to finance it.
Full list of movies produced by Chhabi Raj Ojha (click on the name with links to watch the movie):