Like every years the Nepali celebrities worshiped goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth on the third day of Tihar.
Laxmi Puja of actress Neeta Dhungana:
The main attraction of the celebration is preparing beautiful rangoli and cooking good foods. Rangoli is the art imported from India. It is similar to our own Mandala art. Nepali celebrities make good rangoli and share them in their social media. I have collected some photos of the actresses showing their talent.
Some actresses made sel roti, a special delicacy of Tihar festival. The sweet bread made out of rice flour is quite popular in the festival. Here is a video report about how actresses learn the skill to make the bread:
Here are some photos of Laxmi Puja celebration:
Deepa Shree Niraula is at least 15-17 years older than Namrata Shrestha. But, when acting is concerned, they both debuted in a same movie – ‘Sangini’. Actress Namrata Shrestha was featured as a child artist in that movie, the childhood version of actress Rupa Rana. She later grows up to romance with Saroj Khanal (by character played by Rupa Rana). Deepa Shree Niraula is featured as another leading actress, who also romances with actor Saroj Khanal.
When Namrata debuted in the triangular love story movie, she was in grade 1. As a child artist she has a short role but she has shown ample talent to be a successful actress. By comparison, the child, Namrata had preformed better than Deepa Shree at that time. That might be the reason Deepa Shree couldn’t become an actress. She failed to impress the film maker and decided to focus more on stage shows and comedy program in radio and TV. Deepa found Deepak Raj Giri and they establish themselves as one of the most successful partner in the film industry. These days, Deepa is one of the most successful film director.
Nepali Film– Sangini
Starring – Saroj Khanal, Rupa Rana, Deepa Shree Niraula, Laxmi Giri, Sushil Pokharel, Kiran KC, Namrata Shrestha etc.
Director – Deepak Alok
Nepali film ‘Sangini’ is made under the banner of Binayak Film Production and Narendra Maharjan presentation. Deshbhakta Khanal is a guest artist in the film. Comedy actress Deepa Shree Niraula is new presentation in the film. Namrata Shrestha is a child artist in the film. At the time of the shooting of the film Namrata was in grade one. The story, script and dialogue of the film is written by Deepak Alok.
The couple of popular teleserial, ‘Tito Satya’, Deepak and Deepa has performed a love marriage in a new short movie prepared for a government organization in association with and INGO, Save the Children. The movie titled ‘Hunnari’ features Deepak Raj Giri as a disabled village boy and Deepa Shree Niraula as a widow.
The movie is prepared to create awareness among the public about the importance of the social security
The movie features Deepak, Deepa, Deshbhakta Khanal, Laxman Bikram Basnet, Laxmi Giri, Niru Khadka, Deepak Acharya, Kamala Regmi, Geeta Thapa and Apsara Adhikari in main roles.
Watch the movie:
Actress Richa Sharma has responded to the attack of ‘Chhakka Panja’ team about her statement about the content of the movie. Deepak Raj Giri, Deepa Shree Niraula, Priyanka Karki and Swastima Khadka had jointly posted a statement telling that the actress is sick and they have sent “get well soon.” message. All four of them have copied and posted the same message that reads:
One actress has told that the viewers who watch and clap in our film are fools … “Dear actress, because you say the viewers are fools, your movies had never got viewers…” Get well soon!
Watch the video first:
In response to the the statement by the film makers and the actresses of ‘Chhakka Panja 2’ (Note: Swostima wasn’t in the first movie that Richa referred in the talk.), Richa has challenged them to prove that she is sick.
The sequel of ‘Chhakka Panja’ has also been successful although, it hasn’t been able to beat the earnings of the first part. The film team has celebrated 51-days-in-theater in Kathmandu. The movie released on Ashoj 11 has completed 51 days on Kartik 30.
(Watch the original ‘Chhakka Panja’)
The movie produced by Deepak Raj Giri and Deepa Shree Niraula is directed by Deepa. The movie is running in some theatres in Kathmandu. The 51-days celebration party was held at City Centre. Comedy actor Hari Bansha Acharya cut the cake to congratulate the production team. Currently the whole team is working in MaHa’s upcoming movie ‘Shatru Gate’.
The writer and producer, Deepak Raj Giri, admitted that there were some mistake. But, he was happy that people have liked the movie despite of the mistakes. He promised to produce more successful movies in the future. The director, Deepa Shree Niraula, also promised to improve her shortcomings in future projects.
A lot of Nepali actors and actresses have produced Nepali movies. Some of them are successful and others are failure. I have listed five such actors who have also directed movies, successfully. Video report of the successful producer/directors who started as actors:
The artists who are successful producers mentioned in the video are:
- Rekha Thapa
- Jharana Thapa
- Deepa Shree Niraula
- Bhuwan KC
- Nikhil Upreti
The list should also have included Nischal Basnet. Nischal started as a film director of ‘Loot’. He acted in movies and was liked by the viewers. He also worked as a playback singer of a few songs in movies. Basnet is truly a multi-talented personality in the Nepali film industry. Basnet’s wife Swastima Khadka is also one of the most popular actress in the film industry. The success of the song ‘Supari Daana…’ song from the film ‘2 Rupiya’ has elevated the popularity of the couple.
Last week, during the NFDC National film award program the producer and the director of ‘Chhakka Panja’, Deepak Raj Giri and Deepa Shree Niraula left the venue mid-way. When the movie won two Best Movie award, they were not available to receive it. That created a controversy for which Deepak and Deepa wrote Facebook statuses too. Deepa ‘personally’ thanked the organizers and Deepak told that there is no requirements that he needs to stay till the end of the program.
There were report that Deepak told, “We are not here to clap for others,” before he left the venue. Comedy actors Jitu Nepal and Kedar Ghimire had also left with Deepak and Deepa. So, when Kedar Ghimire won the Best Comedy Actor award, he wasn’t there to receive it.
Deepa in an interview with an online channel told that the accusation that they ran away from the program is false. She told that they didn’t have any complaints against the award organizers.
She told that Deepak and Deepa had work to do, similarly Jitu and Kedar had a meeting. The explanation however doesn’t make sense at all. But, in her later statements it is clear that she was lying.
Deepa says, “The timing wasn’t right – the award was awarded right after we got out of the venue.”
The ‘Chhakka Panja’ team attended NFDC Film award with high hopes. That was because, it was nominated in 15 categories – that was the most number of categories any movies were nominated in the award.
[Read the full nomination list of NFDC Award]
UPDATE – video report
What Happened at NFDC?
All the titles that ‘Chhakka Panja’ won – best movie, best actress, best director etc. were announced towards the end. In the star, all the awards were given to other films. Most of the awards ‘Chhakka Panja’ was nominated in went to ‘Purano Dunga’ – the movie that wasn’t as successful as ‘Chhakka Panja’. I can guess how torturous it would have been to Deepak and Deepa.
Who won in the categories ‘Chhakka Panja’ was nominated in? :
- Best Script – Purano Dunga
- Best cinematography – Purano Dunga
- Best Editing – Jatara (Mitra Gurung)
- Best Music – Purano Dunga
- Best Playback singing – Loot 2
- Best Choreographer – Loot 2
- Best Sound Mixing – Jatra
- Best Background Music – Chapali Height 2
- Best Actor – Jatra (Bipin Karki)
- Best Supporting Actor – Purano Dunga (Mao Tse Gurung)
- Best Supporting Actress – Purnao Dunga (Menaka Pradhan)
Chhakka Panja won
- Best Movie
- Best Director – Deepa Shree Niraula
- Best Actress – Priyanka Karki
- Best Comedy Actor – Kedar Ghimire
- Best Commercial Movie
Nepali Movie – Pareli
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Ramesh upreti, Bipana Thapa, Deepa Shree Niraula etc.
Director – Deepak Rayamajhi
This is a presentation of AB Pictures Farm by producer Sita Thapa. The movie features the makeup of Shyam Baral, editing of Narendra Khadka, action of Rajendra Khadgi, choreography of Basanta Jung Raymajhi, music by Shakti Ballav, dialogue of Avinash Shrestha and cinematography of Raju Thapa. The story of the movie is written by the director Deepak Rayamajhi.
Watch ‘Pareli’ fulll movie
The biggest release of the year 2016, ‘Chhakka Panja’ impressed everybody — except for the actress, Samragyee RL Shah. The movie team is going to make a sequel of the movie ‘Chhakka Panja Feri’. The producer and director Deepak Raj Giri and Deepa Shree Niraula had confirmed the movie in making a few days earlier. Deepak wrote about the new movie and told that most of the actors will repeat with an addition of a couple of top actor and actress. It seems, the ‘top actress’ has refused to act in the movie. Deepak had told that in addition to Kedar Ghimire, Priyanka Karki, Barsha Raut, Buddhi Tamang, the team had reportedly approached ‘Prem Geet’ actor Pradeep Khadka and Samragyee RL Shah for the leading roles.
According to the latest report, the ‘Dreams’ debut actress, Samragyee RL Shah has refused the offer of Deepak Raj Giri. There is no information about whether Pradeep Khadka has accepted the role. Samragyee is planning to be featured in the movie titled ‘Intu Mintu’, a movie to be directed by choreographer Renasha Bantawa Rai. The shooting of ‘Intu Mintu’ and ‘Chhakka Panja Feri’ are scheduled to start in Baisakh. Samragyee’s refusal to act in the movie is told to be because of the conflict of schedule between the two.
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
The producer and director of ‘Chhaka Panja’, Deepak Raj Giri and Deepa Shree Niraula have asked the police to investigate against themselves in a request letter submitted to the police. After returning from their Europe tour Deepak and Deepa had visited the police station to ask them to investigate the case of a suicide that was told to be caused after they threatened the victim.
A video about their visit to police (credit Onlinekhabar)
Chhaka Panja Piracy and suicide
After the piracy of the hit movie ‘Chhaka Panja’ the police had arrested 4 guys. The accused had shared the video of the movie with their friends. When the police found that they had only shared the video for entertainment and not for money, they released the guys.
After being accused and arrested by the police, one of the four suspects, Krishna Subedi, was released on bail. But, he later committed suicide accusing it being a murder. In social network, Deepak Raj Giri was accused of being the cause of death. In response, Deepak Raj Giri, has asked the police to do an investigation and find the truth and has asked everybody to believe that he is innocent. A video report on what Deepak had to say:
Nepali Movie – Chhakka Panja
Starring – Deepak Raj Giri, Priyanka Karki, Barsha Raut, Aryan Sigdel, Kedar Ghimire, Shiva Hari Poudel, Jitu Nepal, Namrata Sapkota, Buddhi Tamang etc.
Director – Deepa Shree Niraula
About ‘Chhakka Panja’
One of the most successful movies in the history of Nepali movie industry, ‘Chhakka Panja’ is the hat trick of super hit movies by the team of Deepak Raj Giri, Deepa Shree Niraula and Nirmal Sharma. The movie prior to this movie, both starting with ‘Chha’, ‘Chha Ekan Chha’ and ‘Woda Number Chha’ both were comedy movies and were successful. The movie was released online through the official channel.
The movie is the directorial debut of comedy actress Deepa Shree Niraula and one of the most successful movies directed by a female director.