Manoj Gajurel’s divorce is an unique case in Nepali entertainment industry. No other celebrity had sustained such a long married life and divorce after two decade. So far, it is apparent that no third person is involved.
The divorce is a puzzle because – Manoj hasn’t talked to media about divorce. He has confirmed it by writing a long statement in Facebook. But, he is yet to appear in video interviews. His ex-wife however has been quite vocal on the case. She has given vague details of the reasons they have separated. But, there is no concrete and decisive factor that had caused the divorce. Watch the following video report to know what is going on in their relationship.
What is the real reason?
Before deciding on the real reason – some facts need to be analyzed.
- 22 years of marriage.
- It was a love marriage. Manoj Gajurel did some bluff calls to Mina for a couple of months before they finally met.
- 20 years old son and 13 years old daughter.
- Manoj was 22 years old and Mina was 19 years old when they got married.
- Manoj is inclined towards CPN UML (Communist) and Meena is inclined towards Nepali Congress. Manoj is still active politically, Meena is not.
- Meena is a fashion designer by training.
- Meena had started a fashion boutique before. But, she had to close it down earlier. Now, she has decided to start the similar business in partnership with her daughter.
- He and Mina come from different background and upbringings.
- Meena is an angry woman. He thought it was a mental problem and tried to solve by medication.
- Now, they are officially separated and have done so in mutual understandings.
- All the property is divided into four parts – among Manoj, Meena, son and daughter.
- The daughter stays with the mother and the son stays with the father.
Meena has told a lot of different things in different interviews. Some of them seem important others don’t. I will only summarize some of the statements that might have contributed to the decision they made.
- Everybody at her maternal home call her “Menu” but, Manoj never called her by her pet name. (Her expectations were not met.)
- Manoj didn’t want Meena to be active. He tried to stop her from being active out of home.
- Meena wanted to be free. She wants to be active in politics, she wants to try her singing skills, and she also wants to succeed in business.
- Meena get angry fast but, she also calms down after a while. The anger was linked to mental illness and she took medication for two years. Later it was found out that the medication was unnecessary. Meena accuses Manoj of keeping her under unnecessary medication.
- Astrologically they don’t match. The astrological signs of Manoj and Meena both is Leo. Meena believes that was one of the reasons they didn’t match.
Based on these facts, I think the real reason of the divorce is the desire of Meena Dhakal to get control of her life. It seems, she has a feeling of being on the shadow of the will known personality in Nepal.
Three celebrities who have divorced this year are Reema Biswokarma, Arunima Lamsal and Milan Amatya. I don’t know of any male celebrities who has divorced last year. Two of the celebrities are actresses and one singer.
Actress Reema’s marriage didn’t last two years. Reema and Robert BK married in 2015 but, when it didn’t go well, they decided to part their ways. Robert has already found another model as his wife. They have already engaged and are going to get married soon. In public statements, Reema has confirmed the report but has refused to discuss the cause in details. There is no information about the involvement of third parties in their relationship.
Another divorce is of Arunima Lamsal. The actress is yet to publicly announce the divorce. As she hasn’t denied the rumour and Arunima is not seen with her husband since then, we can safely assume that the divorce news is true. These days, in the program held in Arunima’s home, Arunima’s husband is not seen in the family photos. Arunima has a daughter and she is living with her daughter and her parents in the USA. The reason of the separation is yet to be known.
Another celebrity divorce in 2017 was that of Milan Amatya. The singer and her husband separated when after six years of marriage. Milan divorced before Dashain and went to her maternal home to celebrate Dashain this year. Milan has confirmed the separation but hasn’t given a specific reason of the divorce. There were rumours of her relationship with a singer but, both of them deny such relationship.
It seems, I have only talked about the female in the relationship. That was because the female are the celebrities that people know. The husbands of all three are not well known personalities to be discussed about. I don’t know of any male celebrity who have divorced in 2017. If you know of the cases I have missed please comment below. Thank you.
This post is a part of a series of posts to review the year, 2017. I have written posts about celebrities marriages and deaths earlier. Read the previous reports here:
Celebrites who died in 2017
Celebrities who married in 2017
It has only been two years, I wrote and made a video about the marriage of actress Reema Bishowkarma with Robert BK. It is a shocking news that her husband has engaged to Barsha Rasaili of Morang. Reema or Robert hadn’t told anything about their relationship recently. According to the sources close to Reema, she wasn’t happy by the marriage recently. She had told about the possibility of divorce. Another source says that it has been two weeks since Reema and Robert formally divorced. After the divorce, Robert had engaged with Barsha.
Robert and Reema met in Facebook and they fell in love with each other. They got married on Ashoj 10 of 2072 BS in a five star hotel in Kathmandu. As the husband lives in UK, there were rumour that Reema will leave the film industry. But, she didn’t leave it but she had been going to and from UK. They used to share photos of them together. But, they had recently stopped sharing photos of each other. Reema has also deleted her photos with Robert in her social media account.
Actress (I can add a ‘former’ in front of the word) Arunima Lamsal has divorced her husband of 12 years, in the USA recently. The mother of a six years old daughter decided to separate after she felt her freedom compromised by her husband. According to reports, Arunima has taken custody of her daughter Akshyata Aryal and is living with her parents in Baltimore, USA. Arunima’s mother Radha Lamsal (Bhabu Lamsal) is also a well known actress in the Nepali television and big screen films.
A video report:
Divorces in the Nepali film industry
The unsteady relationship is one of the characteristics of the celebrities. Problem in relationships, and divorces are widely talked about and make news. That is one of the reasons there is a perception that relations of celebrities are temporary. But, there are a lot of celebrities who are happily married.
The marriage of a well known Nepali singer, Milan Amatya, has ended in court. The singer from India who married a Nepali businessman, Mention Amatya, has finally ended the 6-years-old marriage in the Kathmandu district court. There are conflicting reports on why Milan divorced.
Last year, Milan had shared a selfie (or is it welfie?) with her husband and other family members. This year, a few days before Dashain they are officially separated. Dashain 2017 will not see Mention in the same frame of Milan. A video report on why:
Who is Milan Amatya?
Singer Milan Amatya was born in Assam, India. In Assam, she was known as Milan Newar. Brought up in a family of music and art, she had started singing in a young age. Milan had been a singer for about a decade before she decided to come to Nepal. She had given voices to songs in Assamese, Hindi and Rajasthani languages. Milan’s younger sister was married and living Dharan. She came to Nepal to record some Nepali songs. At that time, her sister’s family had helped her to meet Mention for marriage.
The top actress of Nepali film industry Rekha Thapa has been officially divorced. Rekha and Chhabi Raj Ojha had separated in 2012 after living together for more than a decade. After four years of living separately, Chhabi had reportedly asked Rekha to sign the divorce papers. There are rumours that Chhabi has found a model girlfriend to marry. Before marrying a new girl, Chhabi had to get the official divorce from Rekha. That is told to be the reason behind the sudden divorce at the court, after living separately for more than four years.
Watch a video report on the case:
Rekha Thapa and Chhabi Raj Ojha relationship
In various interviews, Rekha Thapa had publicly admitted that the marriage wasn’t a marriage at all. She told, it was an agreement of living together. Even without Rekha’s statement, the marriage seem like a deal than love-relationship. Continue reading
Nepali Movie – Divorce
Starring – Kishor Shrestha, Aavash Agrahari, Binita Ramtel, Saruna Karki, Bina Thapa etc.
Director – Manish Pantha
Nepali movie ‘Divorce’ is a presentation of Shreenagar Films, Butwal by Manish Panth.The movie is rated ‘A’ (suitable for viewers 16 years and old) by the FDB Censor Board. The movie was released on April 4, 2014 is produced jointly by Rohit Puri and Min Prasad Shrestha. The movie features the action of Sanu Kumar Maharjan, editing by Roshan Lamichhane / Kiran Raj Thapa, music by Bishal Humagai / Krishna Bhandari, cinematography / script / choreography by the director Manish Pantha.
After 5 years of living together, Suleman Shankar, commonly known as Iku after his character in a comedy serial and a couple of movies, has separated with his wife Jaya KC (watch ‘Iku’ here). Iku says that the failure of ‘Iku Back Again’ has something to do with the relationship.
Suleman claims that Jaya was having an affair with a boyfriend. He accused Jaya seeing her boyfriend when he was in Malaysia to screen the movie.
Actress Rekha Thapa has responded to Chhabi Raj Ojha‘s statement that his wife of more than 10-years had refused to become the mother of his child. Rekha was enraged on Chhabi of bringing out their personal matters to the media. Earlier, Chhabi has talked about the relationship with his ex-wives in an interview with ‘Mirror Nepal’ monthly.
In the following video, Chhabi has re-confirmed that all the statements he made were true:
This Friday, April 4 three new Nepali movies were released. Shabir Shrestha‘s ‘Aadhi Bato’, Deepak Shrestha‘s ‘Wrong Way’ and Manish Pantha’s ‘Divorce’ were released in theaters.
‘Adhi Bato’ features actors Yash Kumar, Jenisha KC, Sabin Shrestha and Anu Shah in main roles. The movie made on triangular love story is made popular by catching music. The controversy of actress Jneisha KC and her relationship with the producer Ramesh Twayna has also helped in the promotion of the movie.
A poster and a trailer of Manish Pantha’s upcoming movie ‘Divorce’ are released online recently. The movie scheduled to release on April 4, 2014 tell the story of family relationship and the society. The movie also tries to create awareness on youth about making sex videos and their consequences.
The trailer of the movie:
It has been a year since Priyanka Karki had formally divorced her husband Rochak Mainali. Although rumors were going on about their divorce, this is the first time Priyanka has publicly admitted the truthfulness of the rumor.
To dilute the effects of the divorce rumor between actress Rekha Thapa and producer Chhabi Raj Ojha, Chhabi posted some photos of the two together in his Facebook. The photos were taken during the shooting of their upcoming project ‘Hamesha’ which is being produced under Chhabiraj Films, in contrast to the previous films that used to be made under Rekha Films. Chhabi registered the company after the widespread news about their divorce.
Actress Rekha Thapa was supposed to act in Chabiraj Film‘s first movie, ‘Hamesha’ . But, in formal ceremony of the inauguration of the shooting of the movie on September 17, Rekha didn’t show up.
Bollywood actress of Nepali origin, Manisha Koirala is in Kathmandu now for the opening of Sushila Art Academy. Sushila Art Academy is named after Sushila Koirala, the wife of first elected prime minister of Nepal, BP Koirla.
In a question about her divorce rumors Manisha told that, “the medias have made unnecessary issues. We are as we used to be.” But, in spite of her denying, her husband Samrat Dahal wasn’t with her in the program.
Manisha admitted that she can’t multitask. When she wanted to live in family, she could work as artist and had to stay away from movies. Now, she is working in movies and planning to produce movies – indicating her lack of desire to become a family person.