The “Buddha was born in Nepal” controversy has gone a long way when the Tibetian religious leader Dalai Lama told that Nepali people’s claim of Buddha’s birthplace is nonsense. The office of Dalai Lama has responded by a statement in their website that says: “We are concerned to know there was misunderstanding of the intent of his answer, and would like to clarify that His Holiness meant no disrespect towards his Nepalese brothers and sisters.” Read the full statement here.
What did Dalai Lama Say?
Dalai Lama was answering some questions raised by students in Meerut, India on 16 October 2017. One asked where was Buddha born, in India or Nepal. In response, Lama told that the statement that “some Nepalese people” made about Buddha’s birthplace being Nepal is a “nonsense”. He told, although the birth place now falls in Nepal – in ancient time, it was under greater Bharat. So, Buddha wasn’t born in Nepal or China or Tibet but in India.
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In response to the latest statement of the Tibetan religious leader, Dalai Lama’s comment about the birthplace of Buddha, a lot of Nepali people have termed him as “The Lie Lama”. Nepali superstar, Rajesh Hamal, has also responded in retaliation against the Lama’s statement.
Hamal wrote, “I’m appalled by the statement made by so called bastion of Truth and Compassion. Not even in my wildest imagination I though he would stoop so low by distorting the Truth, just to gain political milage.”
He added, “Your holiness there is a saying ‘you can fool some people some time but you can’t fool all the people all the time’…”
What did Dalai Lama say?
Craze of Nepali actor, Rajesh Hamal was also seen in a program held in Chandigarh, India. Hamal had completed his Master’s Degree in English literature in the Punjab University located in Chandigarh. He had spent a lot of time in India when he went there with his parents as a child. He had started his schooling in New Delhi when his father was a diplomat there. He later went to Pakistan and Russia before returning to India to complete his studies.
Rajesh Hamal in India report:
Nepali 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
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.
Nepali Movie – Kasam
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Kristi KC (Kristi Mainali), Ganesh Upreti, Bina Basnet (Bina Budhathoki), Shree Krishna Shrestha, Mohan Niraula, Laxmi Giri, Jagan Shrestha, Mohan Niraula etc.
Director – Deepak Rayamajhi
The Nepali movie ‘Kasam’ is a presentation of Jagan Shrestha for Subhalaxmi Films. Madan Ghimire is the assistant director of the movie. Action by Rajendra Khadgi, music composition by Sambhujit Baskota, lyrics Kiran Kharel / Sambhujit Baskota, choreography by Basanta Jung Rayamajhi, dialogue and chief assistant director is Mohan Niraula, cinematogrpahy by Javed Shah, Ashok Ratna Tuladhar, the script is written by Deepak Rayamajhi.
Action by Rajendra Khadgi, choreography by Basanta Jung Rayamajhi, dialogue / chief assist direction by Mohan Niraula, editing by Mukhtar Ahmed, cinematography by Javed Shah / Ashok Ratna Tuladhar, Music by Sambhujit Baskota and script by the director Deepak Rayamajhi. Madan Ghimire is the assistant director of the film.
We call our actors ‘heros’ because of the deeds they do in their movies. They are role models and girls dream to marry them. But, many of the top actors in the Nepali film industry are already married. Most of the wives are also the secret of their husband’s success. They might not be as popular as their husband, but they are equally important in the lives of our idols/superstars. Let me introduce you to the wives of Top 10 Nepali Actors:
Before diving into the details, watch a video I prepared a while ago:
Dayahang Rai and Benuka Rai
One of the most popular actor in the Nepali film industry is Dayahang Rai. Known for his down-to-earth nature and natural acting talent, Dayahang is considered unconventional hero in the film industry. Dayanag is married to Benuka Rai, a singer by profession. Benuka and Dayahang met during a recording of one of her songs and they started seeing each others. Benuka and Dayahang have a son. While Benuka has found a celebrity husband, he has also found a beautiful and smart wife.
Nepali Movie – Nagad Narayan
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Bipana Thapa, Raj Acharya, Anita KC, Kalyan Ghimire, Sushil Pokharel etc.
Director – Resh Raj Acharya
About ‘Nagad Narayan’
The Nepali movie ‘Nagad Narayan’ is a presentation of Aradhana Films by Krishna Raj Pudasaini. The movie features child artists Nimesh Poudel and Pukar Pudasaini. The action in the movie is directed by Rajendra Khadgi, choreography by Raju Shah, music by Laxman Shesh, cinematography by Sambhu Sapkota, editing by Rajani Panta. The movie is made on the story, script and dialogue of Rabi Aryal.
Nepali Film – Pooja
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Karishma Manandhar, Ramesh Upreti, Mira KC, Jitu Nepal, Nilima Sharma, Rajendra Khadgi, Radha Lamsal etc.
Direction – Deepak Rayamajhi
The movie made on the story and direction of late Deepak Rayamajhi features Karishma opposite to Rajesh Hamal. The movie is a home production of the late director – Deepak Rayamajhi Production. Actor Arjun Shrestha is featured in special role. Rabi Shah, Mukunda Thapa and Pooja Pradhan are featured in guest roles. Sanjay Shrestha has composed the background music, Sambhujit Baskota has composed the music, Subodh Shrestha and Tara Thapa ‘Kimbhe’ have done the editing, Basanta Jung Rayamajhi, Shanta Nepali and Raju Shah have done the choreography, Rajendra Khadgi is the action director, Abinash Shrestha has written the script and dialogue and RP Pant has produced the movie. (Deepak Rayamajhi had died in 2011 at the age of 58)
Rajesh Hamal is celebrating his 53rd birthday on June 9, 2017. It has almost been three decades since Hamal started his acting career in ‘Yug Dekhi Yug Samma’. The debut movie of the producer, Chhabi Raj Ojha and directed by Hamal’s maternal uncle, Deepak Rayamajhi, the movie became a super hit movie. The success of the movie established Hamal as a credible actor.
Rajesh Hamal didn’t have his family’s support in the initial days of his acting career. As the film industry was also in its initial stage, no actors were professional actors in those days. Hamal says that the film industry grew with is filmy career. Watch an inspiring speech given by Hamal to the students in an Indian University a while ago:
[Read biography of Rajesh Hamal and a list of his movies]
Rajesh Hamal timeline
- 1964 – Rajesh Hamal was born on June 9, 1964 in Palpa, Nepal. Hamal’s father was Chuda Bahadur Hamal and mother Renu Hamal.
- Schooling in India, Pakistan and Russia (USSR at that time), and also studied in Nepal for a year at St Xavier’s School in grade eight.
- 1985 – Modelled in Fashion Net, an Indian fashion magazine.
- 1986 – Walked as a ramp model at Kathmandu and New Delhi in 1986
- 1988 – Rajesh Hamal was initially signed in ‘Bhagya Rekha’. But, after shooting for a few days, he was replaced by another actor.
- 1989 – Release of “Yug Dheki Yug Samma”, the debut movie of Rajesh Hamal.
- 1994 – Most number of movies in a single year. 16 films featuring Rajesh Hamal were released in 1994. In other years he used to do 10-12 films in a year.
- Rajesh Hamal’s favourite films are ‘Dewata’ and ‘Basanti’.
- 2014 – Got married with Madhu Bhattarai. The marriage ceremony was held a few days before his 50th birthday.
Nepali Movie – Shakuntala
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Kishor Khatiwada, Anu Shah etc.
Director – Deeness Shrestha
The movie is a presentation of Greenhill VFX Media by Deeness Shrestha is an unique movie featuring the superstar of Nepali film industry, Rajesh Hamal, in a woman’s role. The script of the movie is written by the director and the cinematographer Deeness Shrestha. The editors of the movie are Shahil Khan and Milan Shrestha. The music is composed by Arjun Pokhrel and the background score is prepared by Alish Karki. The songs are written by Krishna Hari Baral and Dayaram Pandey, choreography by My Call. Action is directed by Asta Maharjan. The movie is given a P/G ranking by the censor board of Nepal.
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Nepali Movie – Pareli
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Ramesh upreti, Bipana Thapa, Deepa Shree Niraula etc.
Director – Deepak Rayamajhi
This is a presentation of AB Pictures Farm by producer Sita Thapa. The movie features the makeup of Shyam Baral, editing of Narendra Khadka, action of Rajendra Khadgi, choreography of Basanta Jung Raymajhi, music by Shakti Ballav, dialogue of Avinash Shrestha and cinematography of Raju Thapa. The story of the movie is written by the director Deepak Rayamajhi.
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Nepali Movie – Anmol
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Uttam Pradhan, Rejina Upreti, Ruby Rana, Lab Sharma, Rabi Giri, Salon Basnet etc.
Director – Resh Raj Acharya
The movie ‘Anamol’ has a tagline – “She is a mother after all” and features Rajesh Hamal, Uttam Pradhan with Rejina Upreti and Ruby Rana in leading role. The movie is made on the story of Rajesh Koirala. The script is written by the director and producer Resh Raj Acharya. The movie also features Salon Basnet as a child artist. The movie is a presentation of Tri Bi Film Product and is presented by Rajesh Koirala. The playback singers are Rajesh Payal Rai, Sarmila Bardewa, Khem Gurung, Nalina Chitrakar, Rupendra Khadki, Bishow Nepali. Editing by Banish Shah, choreography by Santa Nepali, music by Laxman Shesh, cinematography by Ram Shankar Pradhan and is produced by Bedu Acharya.
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Nepali Movie – Ujyalo Nepal
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Bijaya Lama, Gauri Malla, Arjun Shrestha, Namrata Sapkota, Nirmal Sharma, Keshav Bhattarai etc.
Director – Saroj Oli
About ‘Ujyalo Nepal’
This is a new 1-hour-long Nepali movie, featuring well known actors in the Nepali film industry and featuring a real story of the removal of loadshedding in Nepal. The story of the Minister Janardan Sharma’s commitment of electricity to everybody and the role of the chief of Nepal Electricity Authority, Kulman Ghising to manage the electricity in such a way that the loadshedding was completely eradicated.
In the movie Rajesh Hamal is featured as minister, Sharma and Bijaya Lama is featured as Ghising. The movie made by Shuva Media Home is made on Abhimanyu Nirabi.
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Nepali Film: Raju Raja Ram
Starring – Shiva Shrestha, Bhuwan KC, Rajesh Hamal, Jaya Kishan Basnet, Jal Shah, Rejina Upreti, Gopal 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.
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Nepali Movie – Kina Kina
Starring – Rajesh Hamal, Karishma Manandhar, Raj Timilsina, Sashi Khadka, Arunima Lama, Subhash Thapa etc.
Director – Ukesh Dahal
About ‘Kina Kina’
The adult themed movie by Dahal Films, ‘Kina Kina’ made news when the director announced for an actress to pose nude in the movie. Actress Arunima Lama agreed to do the role. The movie also features the love story of Rajesh Hamal and Karishma Manandhar. The movie produced by B Banjara features the screenplay of the director Ukesh Dahal and music of Mahesh Khadka. The movie was released on March 8, 2013.
Ukesh had previously produced and directed the first ‘A’ rated Nepali movie – ‘Palpalma‘. Later, the movie was released in Hindi by name ‘Jaane Kyun’. I also talked about the kiss competition in the movie and the censor problem until it was awarded an ‘A’ rating.