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.
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).
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):
Nepali movie ‘Hifajat’ is Rekha Films’ fourth movie and a presentation of Guna Cinema. The movie introduces a new face in the Nepali film industry, Aayush Rijal. The posters of the film were the photoshop copy of an English film.
PLOT – Kirti (Rekha Thapa) is a spoiled brat, estranged from her rich businessman father. The courageous girl likes to create trouble in her college, but she is also a loving friend. Kriti rebels when her father hires Arjun (Aayush Regmi), an ex-army tough-guy, as a bodyguard. To protest she made a charming thier, Aryan (Aryan Sigdel), a friend. Aryan has a secret of his own. Because of Aryan’s secret motives, he betrayed Kriti and leaves her in danger.
Arjun vows to take care of Kriti until she is reunited with Aryan, Kriti’s love-of-life. The road to the true love is filled with dangers, and twists and turns. The path ultimately challenges Kriti’s views of what the life and love is.
When we see a couple of movies being released in Nepal almost every weeks, we get a feeling that the Nepali film industry is a successful industry. Every actor/actress seem very busy in one shooting or the other. The film personalities are busy in a number of events including movie launch, music launch, premiere shows, foreign shows and so on. Question arises – can the ‘book’ (film industry) be judged by its cover (all the hypes)?
Movie awards is another aspect the industry has progressed a lot. In the last two years, we have seen a huge increase in the number of Nepali Film Awards. Different organizations and associations are organizing such film awards without any coordination with each other. A few years back in the history, there were only music awards and there were nothing like movie awards. Now, the situation has reversed and there are more movie award ceremonies than music award events.
Rekha wants to be on the top of the news when her movie is in theaters. You can consider this as another ‘stunt’ of Rekha to promote the movie ‘Hifajat’. What would be more sexier way to promote a movie than talk about skirt … some sexy mini-skirts?
Rekha told that she loves Summer only due to the fact that skirts can only be worn in the season. Rekha also told that she uses her huge collection of skirts in her movies… like Hifajat.
According to Rajdhani Daily, “In Hifajat, Rekha wears nothing but skirts till the interval (half-way) of the movie,” Rajdhani adds, “Rekha had prepared 30 mini-skirts for the movie”. In addition to that Rekha wore 10 mini-skirts she brought from Japan recently. Rekha adds, “I have worn 22 skirts in the movie”. [I am not that good in maths, you have to figure-out how many she wore in the movie. Or, you can go to the theater to find out – that is what Rekha wants.] Continue reading
Many bloggers ‘cried foul’ on the intension of the protest as the dress worn by the actress in the movie doesn’t seem to harm the religion in any way.
When the producers and artists of the movie wrote letter explaining that the design of the dress was not intended to degrade the Hindu belief and it was purely used for commercial and entertainment purpose. The heads of the organization reviewed the movies and have decided to let the movie screen.
In a letter written to the producers, Mahamayaprasad Singh of the Hindu organization, told the producers not to repeat such mistakes again and told them to use the medium to promote the religion.
Hindu organization in Nepal, Vishow Hindu Mahasangh, has asked the Chief District Officer of Kathmandu to stop screening of Rekha Thapa‘s movie ‘Hifajat’ (Letter attached below). In response, the CDO of Kathmandu, Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, has stopped the screening of the movie.
The film maker and other film professionals however have protested the CDO’s action.
They argued that the movie was being screened after receiving the government permission and after being passed by the censor board. By the order of the CDO, the police has removed the posters of the movie and stopped the screening at Puspanjali and Asthanarayan Cinema Halls in Kathmandu.
Our friends at MoviesNepal have rightly said that religion shouldn’t be brought in such a minor issue:
… Making a god on a fashion item doesn’t demand protest… बरु उक्त फिल्मको पोस्टर, जसमा विदेशी पोस्टरको हुबहु नक्कल गरिएको छ, तेस्को बिरोध हुनु पर्छ.
Rekha Thapa has worn a yellow dress with ‘Hare-Ram Hare-Krishna’ scripts in the song ‘Naran Naran …’ and a fight scene. The scenes of dance(03:05) and the fight scenes (00:30) can be seen in the following trailer. Continue reading
This week three major movies are trying to lure viewers in Kathmandu. Roj Rana has two movies in market and Rekha Thapa has high hopes on her release "Hifajat". Roj Rana’s ‘Dosti’ is running in Bishow Jyoti and Ganga movie halls in third week and ‘Takkar Dui Mutuko’ is released on Friday. ‘Dosti’ is also being released in theaters outside the valley on Friday.
Rekha Thapa is promoting her latest movie ‘Hifajat’ these days. The movie is going to be released all over Nepal on this Friday (April 9, 2010). Her previous movies ‘Himmat‘ and ‘Kismat‘ did very good business and were hit movies and she is expecting ‘Hifajat’ to follow suit.
The movie ‘Hifazaat’ is produced by Chhabi Ojha, Rekha’s husband, and directed by Gyanendra Deuja. Although the movie features new lead actor Aayush Rijal and Aaryan Rekha Thapa is widely seen in the promo of the movie. In an interview with Nagariknews, Rekha told that she is senior to the actors and she has done more work in the movie so she is featured in the promo.
A movie produced and acted by Rekha Thapa, “Hifajat“, is releasing soon. One of the posters featuring Rekha resembles very much with the poster of a 2007 Hollywood movie, Resident Evil: Extention.
Nagariknews says that there are only seven differences in the two posters. I can see that, apart from the face and some minor variations in dress there is nothing much difference between the two posters. Oh yes, the “Las Vegas” has transformed itself to “Kathmandu”!