Changing names is a common practice among Nepali artists for a better name or for good luck. Some astrologers suggest a different names for the success in their career. For example, Bhuwan KC changed his name to a 7-lettered Bhuwann before the release of his movie ‘Sathi Ma Timro‘. It’s a different story, the movie didn’t do well in theater. Actress Binita Baral had also changed her name to Beenita (7-letters) on the suggestion of an astrologer. The result of the change in names were not that exciting. But, that won’t deter people from changing names. Others change to a better sounding names like Shova to Nandita, Radheshyam to Ramit, Nawaraj to Nawal and so on.
A video slideshow of change in names of Nepali actresses:
A photo slideshow of the actors who have changed their names:
We had compiled a list of actresses who had changed their name when they entered the Nepali movie industry. This post incorporates male actors and some additional female actresses who had changed their name to a new name.
Actress Arunima Lamsal has flown to the USA on 4th September 2012 with her husband. She has left her 10 month-old daughter with her mother.
At the time when most of the artists visiting USA have stayed there permanently, some think Arunima might also have such intentions. When asked, Arunima told that she is going to the USA for a visit and she doesn’t have any intention to stay there.
In the past actresses like Jal Shah, Pooja Chand, Saranga Shrestha, and Sajja Mainali are living in the USA. Among the male actors, Saroj Khan and Ramesh Upreti are also living in the USA. Actor Suresh Marahatta returned back after living eight years in the US as Resh Marahatta and Karishma Manandhar has also returned after receiving the US green card.
UPDATE – 2016:
Simpal Khanal married a UK resident businessman of Pakistani origin. Rekha has legally divorced in August of 2016. Shayam Bhattarai has also gone to the USA (I don’t have any information if Shyam has met Ranjana Sharma there).
2012 – Actress Priyanka Karki‘s marriage with Rochak Mainali didn’t last more that two years. The Miss Teen 2005 revealed about the divorce in 2013, after a year of the event (more about Rochak and Priyanka’s divorce).
Saranga Shrestha – Saranga married a US citizen and divorced. She is currently married to a young Nepali guy, Ramesh, living in the USA. Saranga and Ramesh have a daughter.
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Divorce in Nepali movie sector has become a common happening these days. Divorce brings in pain and problems and doesn’t come easy for both the parties involved. The traditional Nepali society has made it even worse in terms of setting a ‘bad example’ in the society.
Let’s analyze some of the high profile problems in marriages of the personalities of Nepali movie industry:
Bhuwan KC / Sushmita KC – Bhuwan KC is known for his affairs with various ladies. Bhuwan KC’s first marriage with Bijaya KC ended when Bijaya went to USA with their kids. Bhuwan found Sushmita KC as his second wife. That too didn’t lasted long and they ‘divorced’ until they reunited again after the release of “Ma Timi Bina Marihalchu”. But, they have divorced again. Bhuwan’s affair with Sharmila Dangol didn’t go far and he is living alone these days. We won’t be surprised if Bhuwan and Sushmita get together after the release of ‘Sathi Ma Timro’ as predicted by friends in Films Nepal. (update- they didn’t get together, but there is rumor that Bhuwan is having an affair with Jiya KC)
In Nepali movie industry, it is seen that, most of the actresses give birth to a daughter as their first child. A Nepali movie related online media, filmykhabar, has collected a data of Nepali actresses who have already become mothers. It is surprising to find that majority of them have daughter as their first child. Not only the current mothers, to be mother like Arunima Lamsal is also expecting a daughter.
Bhuwan Chand with her husband and three daughters
Let’s see who are those actresses and their daughters:
Nepali actress Poojan Chand, has decided to marry for the second time in the US. Pooja’s new husband is Raju Lama, the lead singer and lead guitarist of The Angles band. Pooja has been living in the US for the last five years after her previous marriage with Suraj Chand couldn’t continue.