2018 – Artists we lost in 2017, Bina Thapa, Yama Buddha and others

UPDATE: Year in review video report:


The video features the last scene of Bishnu Bhakta Phuyal when he fell down and was rushed to hospital.

The year started with the sad demise of Bishnu Bhakta Phuyal. The death of senior comedy actor, aged 80, was sudden and surprising as he was performing on-stage while he died. Phuyal died on January 3, 2017 on stage at Rastriya Naachghar. He was pronounced dead when he was rushed to the hospital from the stage. (Read full report and video report here)

In the second week of the year, another sad news came from UK. On January 14 well known an young singer, Anil Adhikari, popularly known as Yama Buddha was found dead at the bathroom of his residence in UK. The singer’s death had been one of the saddest incident of the year.
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Jal Shah mother and literately figure, Prema Shah, died in the USA

At the age of 72, Prema Shah has died in the USA on December 20, 2017. She was not only the mother well known actress Jal Shah, she is a well known literary figure herself.

Born on Ashad 16, 2002 BS at Shreepur of Birgunj, Prema lived in Kathmandu at her maternal uncle’s home in an early age. He grew up in the care of a nanny in Kathmandu, Tuasidevi Upadhaya Koirala. She completed her schooling from Adarsha Kanya Niketan at Mangalbazar, Patan in 2016 BS after completion of her SLC. After that she went to Patan College where she completed her Bahelors degree. She did her Masters’ degree from TU, Kirtipur.
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Nepali Movie – Kahin Milan Kahin Bichhod (Sushil Chhetri, Bipana, Jal Shah, Gauri)

Nepali Movie – Kahin Milan Kahin Bichhod (2005)
Starring – Sushil Chhetri, Bipana Thapa, Jal Shah, Gauri Malla, Laxmi Giri, Sunil Thapa, Jitu Nepal, Priya Rijal, Ramkrishna Dhakal etc.
Director – Rishi Lamichane

About ‘Kahin Milan Kahin Bichhod’

A presentation of Bhumika films the movie features action actor Sushil Chhetri with three well known actresses Jal Shah, Gauri Malla and Bipana Thapa. Well known singer Ram Krishna Dhakal is featured in a special appearance role. There are three Ram Sharan – Chief Assistant Director is Ram Sharan Ghimire, Chief Assistant Cinematographer isn Ram Sharan Upreti and the story and the script is written by Ram Sharan Pathak. Jagadishwor Thapa has modified the story and written the dialogue. Karun Thapa has helped in editing and modification. The editor is Kriti Janardan Joshi.

Basanta Shrestha is the choreographer and Raju Thapa is the cinematographer, Sambhujit Baskota has composed the music. Lyrics in the songs are written by Dinesh Adhikari, Sambhujit Baskota, Nawaraj Lamal, Baburam. Singers are Ramkrishna Dhaka, Sworoop Raj Acharya, Sambhujit Baskota, Tara Thapa, Lochan Bhattarai, Sarmila Bardewa and Devika Pradhan.

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Nepali Movie – Kancha (Rajesh, Karishma, Jal Shah)

kancha 2Nepali Film – Kancha
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Karishma Manandhar, Jal Shah, Subhadra Adhikari, Laxmi Shrestha, Rama Thapaliya, Kiran KC, Gopal Bhutani, Hiuwala Gautam etc.
Director – Surya Bohara

About ‘Kanchha’

Kancha is the first presentation of Shivapuri Films by Diamond Singh Malla. The director, Surya Bohara had written the story script and the dialogue of the movie. The movie featuring Karishma, Jal Shah was one of the hit movies of the time. After a long gap, Surya Bohara had produced ‘Mutu’ and ‘Thuli’ in the year 2014.

[Watch ‘Mutu’ here and Watch ‘Thuli’ here]

This xNepali movie features superstar of the Nepali film industry, Rajesh Hamal, with one of his most liked online-couple, Karishma Manandhar. Rajesh Hamal and Jal Shah is another most liked couple at that time. Both Karishma and Jal went to USA and didn’t return back for a while. Although Karishma returned back to restart acting, Jal is still in the USA. The director had also relocated himself to the USA and his comeback attempt with two movies in 2014 as Everest Surya Bohara were not as successful as his previous ventures.

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Nepali Movie – Raju Raja Ram (Bhuwan KC, Rajesh Hamal, Shiva Shrestha)

raju raja ramNepali Film: Raju Raja Ram
StarringShiva Shrestha, Bhuwan KC, Rajesh Hamal, Jaya Kishan Basnet, , Rejina UpretiGopal Raj Mainali, Jharana Thapa (special role), Nandu Sribastav, Ramchandra Adhikari, Biraj Bhatt (extra role), Shovit Basnet (seen in some scenes) etc.
Director – Shovit Basnet

About ‘Raju Raja Ram’

Nepali movie ‘Raju Raja Ram’ is one of the most unique movies in the history of Nepali cinema. The movie features almost all of the top actors and actresses in the Nepali movie industry at that time. The movie is the story of three main characters Raju, Raja and Ram. Like other Shovit Basnet movies, this movie also features all the masala of a typical Nepali movie including music, action, love and comedy.

Watch ‘Raju Raja Ram’ full movie:
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5 Days of Tihar, An Introduction to a Nepali Festival and how Nepali celebs celebrate Tihar

This post was originally written and posted on Oct 31, 2008. I am making an update on the post by adding details how Nepali celebrities celebrate the festival. I have also added a video introduction of the festival. I have included the details of the celebration of three US-return artists of Nepali movie industry:

Actress Jal Shah is in Nepal for Dashain and Tihar this year with her 8-years-old daughter Kalas. She is planning to cook ‘sel’ the sweet bread popular during tihar. Last year, Jal had offered tika to actor Dilip Rayamajhi.

Actor Ramesh Upreti is not celebrating this year because of the death of his grandfather. Although there won’t be Tika and won’t be much fun at home, he will meet and celebrate with his friends.

Ashishma Nakarmi doesn’t have brothers. So, she hasn’t celebrated bhai-tika yet. She enjoys the festival with her friends and family.
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Nepali Movie – Avatar

avatar nepali movie nameNepali Movie – Avatar
StarringRajesh Hamal, Gauri Malla, Jal Shah, Laxmi Giri, Simanta etc.
Director – Prakash Sayami

Nepali movie ‘Avatar’ is a presentation of Balkrishna Tuladhar for Padhma Pictures is a revenge love story. Simant is the new actor in the movie. The child artist in the movie is Master Ashish. Actors Deepak Chhetri and Sudhanshu Joshi are featured in special guest appearance. The chief assistant director is Nilhari Kafle, editing by Narendra Khadka, action by Rajendra Khadgi, cinematography by Javed Shah. Choreographers are Basanta Jung Rayamajhi and Kamal Rai. Music by Shakti Ballav, script by the director Prakash Sayami.

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Rajesh Hamal US tour and Bhai Tika (Photo essay)

Actor Rajesh Hamal is currently in the USA. He was invited by actress Jal Shah to participate in a cultural program held in Salt Lake City on November 1. After the program, Rajesh is meeting his relatives and having fun. I have compiled photos Rajesh has shared to give you the glimpse of the places he went and the people he met.

On a October 29 post Rajesh said, “In 48 hours I have moved from lush green jungles of Chitwan to concrete jungle called New York.” That was poste from Summit, NJ. In the photos he is wearing a rough jeans torn at the knees.

rajesh hamal in nyc

On October 27 he was playing with elephants in Chitwan. The following photos is

rajesh hamal with elephant

On October 31, Halloween day, Rajesh was at Jal Shah’s house. He shared photos of himself with the actress and with the trick-or-treating kids. For some reason, Rajesh later deleted those photos. Here is one of those photos:
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Bhai Tika 2015 – Celebrity Celebration, Photo highlights

UPDATE 1 : Photos of Bhai Tika of Rajesh Hamal, Dilip Rayamajhi, Jal Shah, Namrata Shrestha, Nisha Sunar are added.

The second biggest festival in Nepal after Dashain, Tihar has been wrapped up on Friday November 13. The last day of Tihar – Bhai Tika is celebrated by brothers and sisters to show their love and dedication to each other. On the occasion, despite of economic blockade from India, people have followed the tradition. Update

Top 5 Bhai Tika moments:

  • Komal Oli’s petrol presents to her brothers
  • Palpasa Dangol’s – Bhaitika in Teaching Hospital
  • Dilip Rayamajhi and Jal Shah celebrate Bhai Tika after 13 years
  • Rista Basnet got well just in time for Bhai Tika
  • New sisters and brothers

The beauty of Bhai Tika is that people make new brothers and sisters during the festival. For example, Takme Budha (Wilson Bikram Rai) and Ashma DC and Sanyukta Puri, Jal Shah and Bikrant Basnet, Nisha Sunar and Suman Budha Magar, Naresh Bhattarai and Sapana Chamling Rai became new brothers/sisters this year.

Singer, journalist and actress Komal Oli made this year’s Bhai Tika memorable by presenting 2-litres petrol to each of her brothers. At the time of petrol-crisis in Nepal, that would certainly made the happiest brothers.

komal oli - petrol present - bhaitika 2015

Comedy actress Palpasa Dangol, popularly known as Chamsuri has urine infection and was rushed to emergency room in Teaching Hospital right before Bhai Tika. As she had to be treated in the hospital, her brothers visited Dangol in hospital bed to take Bhai Tika. Palpasa has told that that was one of the most memorable Bhai Tika in her life.

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Ramailo Saanjh organized in Salt Lake City with Jal Shah, Rajesh Hamal and other artists

A cultural program titled “Nepali Pan Nepali Maan Ramailo Sanjh” with Nepali artists was organized at Salt Lake City, Utah on November 1. The program was special in the sense that actress Jal Shah organized the program and actor Rajesh Hamal was the chief guest from Nepal.

ramailo saanjh actors singers

With Rajesh Hamal the program also featured actor Dilip Rayamajhi, actress Arunima Lamsal, singer Ram Krishna Dhaka, singer Yam Baral, singer Nisha Sunar, singer Sangita Thapa Magar and others. Other artists include choreographer Nabin KC and Luna Shrestha.

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Nepali Movie – Malati

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StarringShiva Shrestha, Jal Shah etc.
Director –

Nepali movie ‘Malati’ produced under Golden Eyes Cinemakers is an old movie featuring Shiva Shrestha with Jal Shah. There is another another movie of similar name ‘Malati ko Bhatti’ (watch ‘Malati Ko Bhatti’ here).  Singer Yam Baral is also featured in the movie at around 1:20:30.

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Nepali Movie – Shorha Barshe Jowan

 16 barshe jowanNepali film – 16 Barse Jowan
StarringShiva Shrestha, Niruta Singh , Jal Shah, Ramesh Upreti, Dilip Rayamajhi, Ishowri Pradhan, Arjun Shrestha.
Director – Sambhu Pradhan

The guest artists in the movie are Saranga Shrestha and Puran Joshi

The movie ‘Shorha Barshe Jowan’ is a multi-starrer, hit movie by Sambhu Pradhan made under Ishwori Arts International banner and Arjun Shrestha presentation.

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Nepali Movie – Chalchitra

chalchitra_nameNepali Movie – Chalchitra
StarringRajesh Hamal, Ganesh Upreti , Saranga Shrestha, Jal Shah, Deepa Shree Niraula, Soniya Malla, Chiranjibi Basnet, Basundhara Bhusal, Laxmi Giri, Shiva Hari Poudel, Deepak Raj Giri, Daman Rupakheti, Jitu Nepal etc.
DirectorBishow Basnet

The movie ‘Chalchitra’ is the fourth presentation of CB Films by Chiranjivi Basnet. The artist Rajudhowj Rana, director Narayan Puri and journalist Rabi Lamichhane are featured in their own roles. Manoj KC, Rubayanath Koirala and Binod Chipalu are the guest artists in the movie.

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Nepali Movie – Dautari

dautariNepali Movie – Dautari
Starring, , Melina Manandhar etc.
DirectorDayaram Dahal

A  presentation of AI film, Nepali movie ‘Dautari’ (also called ‘Dauntaree’) features child artists Ashish Khanal, Binaya Bhattarai, Ashish Malla and Roshani Shrestha. The movie features the script / dialogue of Amar Rasaili, story of Sunita Bajagain, choreography of Prabesh Bantawa, action of NB Maharjan, editing by Rajani Pant, lyrics of Dayaram Dahal / Sambhujit Baskota / Sahadev Dhungana, music of Sambhujit Baskota, cinematography of Dik Khadka, and produced by Draupada Bajagain.

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