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.
New movies of Rekha Thapa and her ex-husband Chhabi Raj Ojha, ‘Rampyari’ and ‘Kismat 2’ are currently scheduled to release on the year end (on Chaitra 26). According to latest sightings, it is likely that Rekha might stick to that date and Chhabi might stay clear of the date. When asked to Chhabi, he denied such change in release date, but my analysis is different from what Chhabi has told.
Video report on analysis:
After the divorce, every movies Chhabi and Rekha had produced were initially scheduled to release on the same date:
The last release of the producer Chhabi Raj Ojha is ‘Hawaldar Suntali’, released in 2015. His next movie ‘Kismat 2’ is scheduled to release on April 8. Chhabi started film making with ‘Yug Dekhi Yug Samma’.
The movie ‘Lazza’ is accused of being a copy of a 2007 release Hindi movie ‘Laga Chunari Mein Daag’. Director Samjhana Upreti had made that accusation in a radio interview. Shilpa Pokharel, who had debuted in the movie was also with Samjhana at the time of the interview. Samjhan claimed that the movie was made on an original story.
The winners of the Digital Cine Award 2072, organized by Chhaya Chhabi Creation was announced in a special program held in Kathmandu on December 21, 2015. In the award ceremony, the movie ‘November Rain’ bagged the most award – a total of eight awards including the best actors, best actress, best director awards.
While ‘November Rain’ became the best movie, ‘Bhimdatta’ was awarded the Critics Award and ‘Sunpani’ became the Special Film. Late actor Shree Krishna Shrestha‘s movie ‘Kohinoor’ was awarded the public choice award. Producer and film distributor Gopal Kayastha and actress Gauri Malla were awarded with Chhaya Chhabi Film Artist honor award. Film journalist Dabbu Chhetri was awarded the Chhaya Chhabi Film Journalism Award of value Rs. 7,777.
Watch Award winning movies
This is a partial list of the winners. Only the full movies available in xnepali are linked to the page to watch them:
A friend in Twitter, Rakesh, has categorized the Nepali movies in four different types. Although the categorization is done very loosely and the boundary of this categorization is extremely blurry, such a categorization can give a rough guide on what a particular movie is like. I think, there is room for improvement in this categorization so that one can easily decide on whether to watch the movie or not. There is a possibility that some movies might fall in more than one category. Let’s review each category in detail with examples.
Masala Nepali movies
New Age Nepali movies
Nepali movies for youth
B and C Grade Nepali movies
Historical and Art Nepali movies
Masala Nepali movies
Masala Nepali movies contain all the different entertaining aspects of movies. They are the mix of comedy, family drama, action, music and love all stuffed in a movie to appeal all types of viewers. They might contain all these ingredients (masala) or some of them. These types of movies are less risky and hence, the established film producers prefer to go with these type of movies.
The nominations for the upcoming movie award, D Cine Award has been released. The 7th edition of the cinema award is one of the many Nepali film awards being held by various organizations. The Award has teamed up with CG (Chaudhary Group, the business organization of Binod Chaudhary) this year to rename it LG D Cine Award 2072. The award ceremony is scheduled to be held in Mangsir month.
The nomination list is prepared from the movies released in the year 2071 BS. There will be 38 different categories of the award in the award ceremony. The award organizer has told that most of the 82 movies released in the year have participated in the award.
The jury members of the Award ceremony are writer and director Mohan Niraula, journalist and director Bijayaratna Tuladhar, musician Santosh Shrestha, and the first female cinematographer of Nepal Sabanam Mukhiya. Three movies out of the 5 nominations for best movies are available to watch in xnepali.
Watch the nominated movies:
Watch ‘Kabaddi’ – nominated for Best Movie Award, Best Director, Best Actor (male), Best Editing and others.
Watch ‘November Rain’ – nominated for Best Movie Award, Best Director, Best Actor (male), Best Actor (Female), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Script, Best Supporting Actress (Female) and a lot of others.
Watch ‘Birkhelai Chinchhas’ – Nominated for Best Script, Best New Director, Background Music,
Watch ‘Jerryy’ – Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best New Actor (Female)
Watch ‘Lazza’ – Nominated for Best New Actor (Female), Best Singer, Lyricist, Musician etc.
The third edition of INAS Film Award was held in Pragya Bhawan, Kamaladi in Kathmandu. The award ceremony held on Sunday awarded director Tulsi Ghimire with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award has has a cash prize of Rs. 100,000. The award ceremony was organized by the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRN) and the Film Development Board (FDB). In the program, NRN Upendra Mahato appreciated in the improvement in the quality of Nepali movies. Actor and musician Muralidhar expressed his happiness to be honored in a Nepali film award ceremony.
Watch the INAS Award winning movies here in xnepali:
Hit Nepali movie ‘Lazza’ is the debut movie of Shilpa Pokharel. Shilpa has replaced actress Rekha Thapa as she has been featured in three consecutive movies of Chhabi Raj Ojha camp including ‘Hawaldar Suntali’ and ‘Kismat 2’. The movie is made jointly under Chhabi Raj Films and Guna Films and is presented by Chhabi Raj Ojha. The movie features the music of Chetan Sapkota, lyrics of Kiran Kharel, action of Chandra Panta, choreography of Kabiraj Gahatraj, editing by Ananta Thapaliya, cinematography by Madan Kashyap Ghimire. The story of the movie is jointly written by Nawal Nepal and Chhabi Raj Ojha and script is written by Nawal Nepal. The movie was released on October 25, 2014 with ‘Stupid Man’.
Box Office Film Club has honored 10 movies in an event held in Nagarkot at the end of the year 2071. Like previous years, the Club has selected the most successful movies in the year. Out of the movies released on the last Friday of 2070 to the last end of 2071 top ten movies were awarded with different honors.
The movie ‘Kohinoor’ was awarded the Super Duper Bumper Block Buster movie of the year 2071. The movie ‘Nai Nabhannu La 2’ (watch ‘Nai Nabhannu La 2’ here) was awarded Super Duper Hit honor. ‘Kabaddi’ (watch ‘Kabaddi’ here) and ‘Jerryy’ (watch ‘Jerryy’ here) were awarded Hit movie honors.
A Chhabiraj Films production, Nepali movie ‘Lazza’, is a female oriented movie by the writer, director Nawal Nepal. The movie released on October 24, 2014 features actors Shilpa Pokharel and Aryan Sigdel in lead roles. Supporting actors include Mithila Sharma and Kiran KC. The movie produced by Jidendra Shakya has music of Chetan Sapkota, choreography of Kabiraj Gahatraj, and editing of Ananta Thapaliya.
The movie is a story of the lead character Priya (played by Shilpa Pokharel). When Daya (played by Aryan Sigdel) saw Priya, she was his love at first sight. Daya’s attempt to find more about Priya went in vain until he accidently meets Priya’s mom (played by Mithila Sharma).
The trailer of Chhabi Raj Films’ movie ‘Lazza’ was released few days after the release of trailer of Rekha Films’ movie ‘Himmatwali’. Although they are not directly competing with each other, Chhabi Raj Ojha and Rekha Thapa have been indirect rivals after their divorce.
We compared two trailers and found that they are quite different trailers. We want to leave the decision to you to conclude which one seems like a better movie.
The first look poster of upcoming movie by noted film maker Chhabi Raj Ojha, ‘Lazza’ is released.
The movie scheduled to release on Kartik 7 (October 24, 2014) features Aryan Sigdel and Shilpa Pokharel in lead role. The movie directed by Nawal Nepal is the third movie under Chhabiraj Films banner.
After the divorce with Rekha Thapa, Chhabi had registered the production banner under his own name. The first movie under the banner, was ‘Hamesha‘ which was jointly produced by Chhabiraj Films and Rekha Films.
In a latest news, the actress of Chhabi Raj Ojha film ‘Lazza’ had agreed not to do any movies until the release of the movie. The agreement might have sounded simple to Shilpa Pokharel at the time she signed up the debut movie. Now, she is facing the problem of being jobless waiting for the release. According the the agreement, Shilpa is not allowed to sign any movies or music video until ‘Lazza’ is released.
Chhabi says, in spite of the agreement, he can approve Shilpa to do movies that don’t affect his movie. Chhabi had wanted Shilpa to be the debut actress in his movie and doesn’t want any other movie claiming her to be the actress’s first movie.
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):