Singer, journalist and athlete Komal Oli has a special link to the palace. Apart from being a long-time Radio Nepal journalist, Komal Oli had received scholarship from the palace during her school days. She was invited to the palace during Dashain. King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya used to know her in person because of her talent and celebrity status.
There was a rumour going on at the time of monarchy. People used to talk about the relationship between Komal and then prince Dhirendra. Dhirendra had a reputation of a playboy. It was a common belief that any girl in Dhirendra’s radar was not safe. Komal was one of his favourite singers and she was also an athlete. Dhirendra was the chief of Nepal Sports Council. In an interview, Komal Oli had quoted Late Sarad Chandra Shah, one of the right hands of Dhirendra (and also main force behind the notorious ‘Bhumigat Giroha’) telling her about Dhirendra’s affection towards her. Here is a video report about the affair rumour:
At the time of election, every citizen are inclined towards one political force or the others. But, as the voting in an election is secret and people don’t need to tell who they have voted for, one doesn’t need to tell about political inclination. But, the artists we are active politically have to show their artistic talent for the party or the candidate they endorse. Here are the list of popular artists and their political inclination.
Komal Oli – RPP to UML
Singer and journalist Komal Oli decided to go into full time politics and resigned from the Radio Nepal job a while ago. But, as soon she was elected the central committee member of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) the party divided into two parties. After that, she decided to join CPN UML. Although Komal wasn’t allowed to represent the party in the election Now, she is promoting the party in the election.
Komal Oli had expected to get ticket to represent CPN UML at the Dang Constituency 3 in the election. But, things didn’t go as she expected. Now, she is participating in the election campaign. Based on her previous stances, there is no gurantee that she will continue to represent the party.
Radhika Hamal – Nepali Congress
Well known singer Radhika Hamal has chosen Nepali Congress to sing the election songs. Hamal had also participate in the local election but, was defeated.
Hamal is asking the people to vote for the candidates of Congress in the current election.
Badri Pangeni, CPN UML
Well known singer of ‘Sasurali ma’ and other popular folk singer is affiliated to CPN UML and Bam Gathabandhan in this election. He sings songs promoting the party, the leaders KP Oli and Prachanda. He says that he is not worried about being tagged a party-singer because he had been doing that for the last 23 years.
Although he will be singing election songs during the election, he will still be a singer and will sing for the people and art.
Manoj Gajurel – UML and Maoist
Known for his comedy caricature, Manoj Gajurel is also asking the people to vote for CPN UML and CPN Maoist candidates in the election. He has been active member of CPN UML in the past and he is open about his political inclination.
Manoj says that an artist is free to choose the political party they support. He also believes his fans won’t be disappointed because of his political activities.
Karishma Manandhar (Naya Shakti)
Actress Karishma has transformed herself from a fully devoted actress to a fully devoted political leader after joining Naya Shakti party of Baburam Bhattarai. Although the party is yet to be recognized by the people, she is actively campaigning for the party and its leaders. She is also one of the candidate in the election.
A lot of members of the new party left Baburam after a while, Karishma is still with Baburam. The artists who joined the party with Karishma – Saroj Khanal and Ashok Sharma are not active in the party activities. Karishma is giving her full time to the party and expects to return to film industry after the election.
Rekha Thapa, Not sure
Actress Rekha Thapa’s political inclination has been very unstable. She entered CPN Maoist at the time of the second election of the CA. But, her candidacy was withdrawn when she wasn’t registered as a voter. A while ago she left the party and joined RPP with Komal Oli. While Komal Oli has left the party Rekha decided to leave Kamal Thapa and join the party faction of Pashupati Shumsher JBR.
Rekha’s activities in political parties seem to be having negative impact in her popularity. The proof is her latest release, ‘Rudrapriya’. Although the movie features two of the top actors of the Nepali film industry, people didn’t go to theatre to watch it.
In the election, Rekha went to Sindhpalchowk in the election campaign of Pashupati Shumsher.
Actor Nir Shah is an active Nepali Congress supporter. But, Shah isn’t seen in the election campaigns.
The political activities of the past include Nawal Khadka and Deepak Shrestha. Nawal Khadka is affiliated with the CPN Maoist and he had also made movies for the party. But, his movies were not much successful. Khadka is actively participating in the election campaigns. Director Deepak Shrestha is also actively participating the election campaigns of Bam Gathabandan.
Musician Chetan Sapkota is also one of the supporters of Maoist party. He also helped a lot of artists to join the party. But, these days, Sapkota is not seen in election campaigns.
According to the latest Teej song of Komal Oli, she has no interest to get married. But, the lyrics of the song is not written by herself but another singer and musician, Pashupati Sharma. Songs are songs – they don’t relate to one’s life. But, in the case of Komal Oli, it has turned out to be true.
Last year, Komal Oli sang – “This is the last time I will be searching for a husband.” In the same song, the lyricist Pashupati Sharma suggested her to join politics and be a politician. It seems, she has followed his advice and joined Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP). It was not only joining the party, she resigned from the Radio Nepal job to be a full time politician. The party also responded by electing Oli the Central Committee Member of the party. Now, after being a politician, the song says – “I will live and die for my country. I have no interest in getting married.
Nepali top actress Rekha Thapa has formally entered RPP (Rastriya Prajatantra Party) in an event held in Kathmandu on December 12, 2016. The president of RPP Kamal Thapa welcomed the top actress in the Nepali movie industry in the special event held in a restaurant. Video report:
I prepared a video before she was formally given the membership:
Rekha Thapa lied
Now, at the time of this writing, the event is over and Rekha Thapa has told the reason of her choice. She also claimed that she was never a member of Maoist party. Talking in the ceremony she told that she wants to die under the national flag and the flag of RPP.
In the event, Rekha Thapa claimed that she had never taken the membership of CPN Maoist party. That is an outright lie because: Continue reading
On Tuesday, July 19, Nepali celebrated Guru Purnima by worshiping their ultimate teacher – Guru. The Guru is the person who has the most influence on a person’s life. The Guru is more than a teacher or an idol.
Who is Rekha Thapa’s Guru?
Actress Rekha Thapa doesn’t have a Guru as such. When asked to name one, Rekha told that she considers her father the Guru at home. After her father, her mother taught her to be good mannered. In the film industry, Rekha had previously told that Naresh Poudel is her God Father in the film industry. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
A charity program titled ‘We will rise’ was held in Hong Kong recently. The program to help raise fund for earthquake relief was a successful and entertaining program in Hong Kong.
For the first time after returning back from the USA, actor Saroj Khanal went on a stage show in a foreign soil. He had performed with actress Karishma Manandhar in a musical titled ‘Priyasika Yaadharu’. Saroj and Sarita Giri performed in a play titled ‘Hamro Aawaz’. Actress Sushma Karki had danced in ‘himallai Dhakyo Kanchhaâ€¦’
Comedy artists Jitu Nepal (Mundre), Kedar Ghimire (Magne Budha) and singer Komal Oli were taken into custody for performing without approval in Dhading. Dhading police arrested them when they were having fun with the local people in Nil Kantha Higher Secondary School.
The police who arrested them told that the Chief District Officer (CDO) had ordered to arrest the artists for performing without approval. The CDO Basudev Ghimire later claimed that the artists were not arrested but only called to discuss the issue. The CDO has told that such programs should be done only after the permission of the government bodies.
BN Films presentation ‘Rajniti’ is a Dipak Subedi’s movie. This is the debut movie of journalist and singer Komal Oli as an actress. It was also rumored that the censor board had questioned the tattoo on Sushma Karki’s chest in the movie. Sushma is features in a hot item dance. The movie features Asta Maharjan in action, Pradip Shrestha and Shiva BK in choreography, Kiran Michael in script, Arjun Pokharel/Lochan/Shaan in music, Shiva Dhakal in cinematography and Chandan Dutta in editing.
In our male dominated society, Bhai Tika and Bhai Puja are performed but, there is no mention of Didi Bahini Puja. Singer and actress Komal Oli has realized the injustice in the society and performed the sister puja on the occasion of Bhai Tika.
After the completion of the traditional Bhai Tika and Bhai Puja, Komal and her sister performed ‘Didi Bahini Puja’. The puja is a little diviation from the male-dominated tradition of Tihar. Although brothers offer tika to their Bhai Tika, the puja are exclusively done to the brothers by sisters.
We posted a big list of photos of Nepali artists celebrating the biggest festival in Nepal, Dashain. We have more photos to share with our readers so, this second update on the Dashain celebration of Nepali artists.
A musical concert, Indo-Nepal Musical Concert, is being held in the stadium in Nepalgunj, Banke from today, Magh 27 (February 9, 2013). The three-days-long musical and sports event will wrap up on Monday, Magh 29.
Superstar Rajesh Hamal is going to be featured in a movie related to the politics of Nepal and titled ‘Rajniti’. In the upcoming movie, singer Komal Oli is going to play opposite of Rajesh.
The shooting of the movie has started on January 22 in Kathmandu. The movie is scheduled to be shot mainly in Birgunj and Kathmandu. In addition to Rajesh and Komal, the movie will also feature Deepak Subedi, Deepak Bhattarai, and Pabitra Acharya in main roles.
In a public appeal, singer (and to be actress) Komal Oli has accused a person named Dr. Ramesh Basnet (a.k.a Dharma Thapa) of harassment for the last two years. Komal says, Dr. Basnet is originally from Gulmi and lives in the UK these days. The appeal was released in an interview video published in DC Nepal.
In addition to releasing the video in YouTube, Komal Oli had told to have registered complaints in Nepal Police and the related authorities about the incident. Komal accuses Dr. Basnet of creating a fake Facebook account of Komal Oli and using it on her behalf; and sending emails and making phone calls to Komal, her family and friends. Komal has publicly requested not to believe on the information received from the person. Continue reading