It’s a sad news – actress and producer Jenny Kunwar is no more. According to police, she was found hanging in her apartment at Sunrise Apartment, Thapagaun, Kathamandu.
video report (update):
According to Minbahadur Lama, DSP of Baneshwor Police office, she was found at her apartment on July 8, 2021.
Jenny Kunwar had acted in a number of Nepali movies including ‘Dhoom’, ‘Maidan’ ‘Don’ and other films. I have shared a number of her movies in the past.
In addition to acting she had given voice to a number of songs and had also made music videos in past. Last year, she was seen in Pashupati area dancing in prayers. Based on her activities in the past, it is believed that she was depressed.
I will update this post with more details after a while.
Rest in peace Jenny Kunwar.
Jenny’s original name is Janaki Kunwar.
(A part of 2010 Dec 22 report) After producing Ghayal and Hulchal, the female producer and actress Jenny Kunwar has decided to halt the production business. She has started to spend more time in meditation and spiritual studies. None of the two movies with names copied from Hindi movies could leave any impression to the audience. Although Ghayal could raise it’s investment, Hulchal was a total loss.
Jenny says that it was much more difficult to market the movie than producing. Film critics say that movies produced by Jenny have no originality as the name themselves were borrowed from Hindi movies.
According to Jenny, film production is a stressful job. She hopes meditation relieve the tension related to various problem she has and she had plans to go to India and other countries to continue in her spiritual journey.
The original ‘Dhoom’ of Nepali film industry was made by Jaya Kishan Basnet. A brother of the director, Shovit Basnet is the actor, story writer and script writer of the movie. The movie features action star Biraj Bhatt, Ramit Dhungana and Arjun Karki in leading role. The actress in the movie, Rejina Upreti was reportedly having affair with the director at that time (but, it was not officially confirmed.) Rejina is now married and has a child. Other actresses in the movie include Jenny Kunwar and Sanjita Gurung.
Nepali Movie – Maidan Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Biraj Bhatt, Rekha Thapa, Mukunda Thapa, Rajesh Dhungana, Jenny Kunwar, Umesh Khadka etc Director – Mahendra Budhathoki
Super hit movie of the past ‘Maidan’ features action star Biraj Bhatt and mahanayak Rajesh Hamal with top actress in the Nepali film industry Rekha Thapa. The script and dialogue of the movie is written by Maunata Shreshta. The movie is a presentation of Dil Kumar Pyasi for Abhi Films. The movie ‘Maidan’ is credited to help Biraj Batt and his popularity. The decade old movie is worth a watch if you haven’t done already. The music in the movie is composed by Suresth Adhikari.
A presentation of Dinesh Thapa, a 2008 release movie ‘Mr. Don’ is an action movie featuring action stars Nikhil Upreti and Shiva Shrestha. The movie is made on the story of Dil Kunary Pyasy, screenplay of Bikash Acharya. The movie features the music of Mahesh Khadka, playback singing of Rajesh payal Rai, Dipak Limbu, Shiv Pariyar, Anju Panta, Pushpa Poudel on the lyrics written by Madan Ghimire and Dayaram Pandey. The action director is NB Maharjan, choreographer is Dinesh Pakhrin, cinematographer is Shambhu Sapkota and the background score is made by Samrat Thapa.
A presentation of Kamal Jung Kunwar for Jenny Films, Nepali movie ‘Halchal’ is a Nepali movie released in 2009/10. The movie directed by Sunil Pandey was produced by Alin Kunwar and Alish Kunwar. The music of the movie is composed by Basanta Sapkota, cinematography by Yubaraj Rai, action by Ram / Janak, and choreography by Basanta Shrestha and Dinesh Pakhrin. The playback singers in the movie are Rajesh Payal Rai, Mandavi Tripathi, Dipak Limbu, Junu Rijal, and Pramod Kharel. The lyrics in the movie are written by Babu Ram Dahal, Babbu Chetri, Naresh Bhattrarai, and Dayaram Pandey. The background score of the movie is preapred by Manoj Raj Bhandari and the editing of the movie is done by Sanjeev Raj Shrestha.
The first female producer of Nepali movie is Manju Rana, the producer of the Nepali movie ‘Juni’. After Manju the professional female producer of Nepali movie is Sumitra Poudel. Producer Malati Rai produced the super-hit Nepali movie ‘Saino’. These producers were not actresses. In later days, actresses had entered film production business with mixed result.
At this time, at least 5 movies produced by actresses are recently released or waiting to release in near future. Actress Poojana Pradhan‘s debut production movie ‘Chocolete’ is releasing on December 4, 2015. Similarly, actress Karishma Manandhar‘s production ‘Falgu’ is releasing on February 17, 2016 and actress Rekha Thapa‘s production movie ‘Rampyari’ is scheduled to release on April 8, 2016. Another actress, Suvekshya Thapa‘s home co-production movie ‘Bindaas 3’ is also ready for release. Actress Ashika Tamang‘s debut movie both as an actress and as a producer was released on October 23.
Let’s analyze 1 dozen actresses who turned into producers in Nepali film industry.
(Video summary of producer actresses:)
Rekha’s ex-husband had registered Rekha Films after her and produced some successful movies under the banner. When Rekha and Chhabi divorced Rekha took the production with her. Chhabi had registered Chhabiraj Films banner to produce his later films. Rekha Films and Chhabiraj Films jointly produced ‘Hamesha’ before parting their ways in their next movies. The success of Rekha’s own production ‘Kali’ and ‘Himmatwali’ were after parting from Chhabi has proved Rekha a successful film producer.
All the movies produced and released under Rekha Films are available in xnepali:
The movie ‘Jiwandata’ is a presentation of Sushil Pokharel and is made on the joint direction of Achuyt Adhikari and Ukesh Dahal. Subtitled ‘Kidnap and Murder for cash’ is a crime thriller with a lot of action and fun. The movie features six top actors of Nepali film industry – Rajesh Hamal, Biraj Bhatt, Ramit Dhungana, Jharana Thapa, Rejina Upreti, and Jenny Kunwar.
This year’s Haritara Film Award was awarded to actor Sunil Thapa and actor/director Dinesh DC for their contribution to the Nepali movie industry. A program held by Haritara Award Guthi in Kathmandu on March 30 to hand over the award to the winner.
Actor Sunil Thapa has been active in the movie industry for the last 25 years and DC has been active as a journalist, RJ, actor and director for the last 15 years. The award amount is Rs. 25,000. In addition to awarding Sunil Thapa and DC, five other film related personal to be honored were producer Chhabi Raj Ojha, film journalist ShantiPriya, actress Sapana Shrestha, artist Binod Shrestha and actress/producer Jenny Kunwar.
Kayastha Movie Production presents N.K. Kayastha’s Nepali Movie – Tyagi Manche Starring – Dinesh Sharma, Neha Kayastha, Jenny Kunwar, Kedhar Shrestha, Gopal Nepal, N. K. Kaystha etc. Story/Dialogue/Script – N.K. Kayastha Director – Binod Serang