Artists in Politics, Badri, Rekha, Karishma, Komal and so on

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.

Movies of Rekha Thapa with Biraj Bhatt

Here are the movies featuring the top actress of the Nepali movie industry, Rekha Thapa and top action star of Nepali movie industry, Biraj Bhatt. Biraj left the film industry after he became a well known Bhojpuri actor.

Rekha and Biraj are not in good terms these days. Rekha is still active in producing more Nepali movies but, Biraj is trying to comeback in Nepali film industry after ruling the Bhojpuri film industry for some time. His comeback film ‘Jaya Parshuram’ however wasn’t as successful as expected. When Rekha made up with Aryan Sigdel and signed him up in her home production movie, ‘Rudrapriya’, a possibility of seeing Biraj and Rekha together now seem like a possibility. But, Aryan’s comeback in Rekha Films wasn’t as successful as expected.
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Nepali Movie – Kasle Choryo Mero Man (Rekha Thapa, Aryan Sigdel)

Nepali Movie – Kasle Choryo Mero Man (2011)
Starring: Aryan Sigdel, Rekha Thapa, Nir Shah, Rama Thapaliya, Kamal Krishna etc.
Direction – Shabir Shreshta

About ‘Kasle Choryo Mero Man’

The movie is the 11th movie by producer Chhabi Raj Ojha under Rekha Films banner. The movie is the fifth movie by Rekha films banner. That was before Rekha and Chhabi decided to divorce. The movie directed by Sabir Shrestha featured Aryan Sigdel opposite to Rekha Thapa. After the movie, actor Aryan and Rekha stopped talking with each other for about six years. They met in 2017 to work in ‘Rudrapriya’, released in Tihar this year. The movie however failed to impress the viewers. The movie also won the Best Movie award at the CG Film Award. (Read more on CG Film Award 2011) The movie also won National Film Award for the art director – Nirjal Shrestha. (Read more about National Film Award of 2014)

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5 Producer Actor / Actresses, Who are also successful film directors

A lot of Nepali actors and actresses have produced Nepali movies. Some of them are successful and others are failure. I have listed five such actors who have also directed movies, successfully. Video report of the successful producer/directors who started as actors:

The artists who are successful producers mentioned in the video are:

  • Rekha Thapa
  • Jharana Thapa
  • Deepa Shree Niraula
  • Bhuwan KC
  • Nikhil Upreti

The list should also have included Nischal Basnet. Nischal started as a film director of ‘Loot’. He acted in movies and was liked by the viewers. He also worked as a playback singer of a few songs in movies. Basnet is truly a multi-talented personality in the Nepali film industry. Basnet’s wife Swastima Khadka is also one of the most popular actress in the film industry. The success of the song ‘Supari Daana…’ song from the film ‘2 Rupiya’ has elevated the popularity of the couple.
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Celebrity Tihar, photo highlights of Bhai Tika, 2017

I have been sharing Tihar photos of Nepali celebrities for the last few years. Last year, I had shared 20 photos of celebrating Tihar. This year I wanted to continue the tradition by posting 20 more photos this year. I haven’t repeated the same celebrities but, most of them are the same every year. If you want to learn more, there is the details on the five days of Tihar.

The photos of the previous years:

Although Bhai Tika is celebrated with brothers and sisters, they don’t need to be biological siblings. Those who don’t have their own siblings, or those who are separated because of living at different place, find one of their liking and make a temporary brother or sister for the festival.

Anmol KC is currently in the USA. He celebrated Tihar with his step-sister, Kajal KC in the USA. Kajal, her mother, Bijaya KC and her brother live in the USA. Bhuwan’s home production Kajal Films is named after Kajal KC.


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Rekha and Shilpa hugged, Chhabi went to Rudra Priya premier

When Rekha Thapa’s ex-husband Chhabi Raj Ojha went to Rekha’s upcoming movie ‘Rudra Priya’ premier with his to-be-wife Shilpa Pokharel, Shilpa and Rekha met and hugged each other. Chhabi and Shilpa went together but refused to be photographed together in the program.

Video update:

The premier show of Rekha’s movie was held on October 16. The Rekha Thapa and Aryan Sigdel starrer movie is releasing on this Friday. In the premier Chhabi didn’t go to the stage but Shilpa went to the stage to meet Rekha Thapa. Rekha received Shilpa with a smile and hugged her. The scene was interesting as Rekha was an ex-wife of Chhabi and Shilpa is going to be wife in near future.

It was the first time these two actresses have met each other in a public function. Although journalists had requested Chhabi Raj Ojha to go to the stage and pose for the photograph with his ex and future wives, he refused.

Shilpa had entered Chhabi Ojha’s camp after Rekha had divorced after a decade long marriage and started her own production business.

Rudrapriya Premier

‘Rudrapriya’ is releasing on Kartik 2 on Laxmi Pooja. The premier show was held on Monday at Kumari Theatre in Kathmandu. In the premier show the main actors of the movie Rekha Thapa, Aryan Sigdel, Rajan Ishan, director Sudip Bhupal Singh, producer Ramesh MK Poudel were present. Actress Rekha was with her mother Saraswati Thapa.
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Will Rudra Priya release simultaneously in TV and film hall? Hall owners say No

Rekha Thapa has announced that her upcoming movie ‘Rudra Priya’ will release at the theatre and a TV station on the same day – on Kartik 2. In an announcement program held on October 9, 2017 Rekha Thapa told made the announcement. Rekha told, “I have viewers not only in the cities but also remote places in Nepal. There are no film halls in remote areas. For the viewers who don’t have film theatres near their homes, I have asked the viewers to watch the movie in TV.” She had also asked the viewers who live in places near theatres to go to the theatre to watch it.

‘Rudra Priya’ is not the first movie that is planning to release in TV and in theatre simultaneously. In Fulpati, ‘Mero Paisa Khoi’ was also released in Dish Home TV. But, the organization of theatre owners have protested the decision of the film producers to release them in TV at the same time as the film theatres.

Theatre owners protest

After the TV station Dish Home purchase the TV rights of new movies to release on the same day as the release in theatre, the theatre owners have started to worry. They have made a decision not to let the producers release their movies in TVs. In a meeting held by the Nepal Chalchitra Sangh a decision was made to stop film producers to release the movies in TV.
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Rekha Thapa, Aryan Sigdel starrer Rudra Priya trailer

After 8 years, actress Rekha Thapa and Aryan Sigdel have teamed up to be featured together in upcoming movie ‘Rudra Priya’. The movie director by Sudeep Bhupal Singh is produced by Ramesh MK Poudel as an executive producer. Rekha Thapa’s mother Saraswoti Thapa is named the producer of the movie.

Like all her previous movies, the upcoming movie is also told to be female-oriented movie. It features love, romance, and action. Before the trailer, a song of the movie ‘Chirbir Chirbir Chachari …’ was released. The song featuring the voice of the muisc of Rajan Ishan was liked by the viewers.
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Karishma Manandhar goes to school (Admitted to Grade 9, for real), will Rekha follow?

The actress in her 40s has decided that she needs to complete her high school. At the time the daughter is about to get her University degree, the mother, Karishma Manandhar has decided to complete her high school studies.

Karishma had left school when she was studying in grade 8. She never passed the grade as she was busy in acting. When she was engulfed in the limelight of the film world, she had no time for the books. But, from time to time, lack of education haunted Karishma.

Whenever she went out of the film industry, she realized how important education is. After a few initial movies, she went to Mumbai for acting training. She realized that she would have benefited more if she had studied more. When she went to the USA for a few years, lack of education was the main hurdle in getting jobs and even to get the Green Card. She went through English language training and learnt the language.
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Why Rekha’s face is hidden in Rudra Priya first look poster?

The first look poster of upcoming Rekha Thapa movie, ‘Rudrapriya’ was released recently. In all the posters of the movie, half portion of actress Rekha Thapa is hidden by the hem of her Saree.

The poster of the movie made under Rekha Films banner is different from the posters of previous Rekha Films banner movies. The colour and the presentation style is quite different. There is a possibility that the different looks is becasue of the director, Sudip Bhupal Singh and his concept.

In one of the posters, Rekha Thapa is holding the hand of Aryan Sigdel. Half portion of Rekha’s face is hidden. In another poster Rekha and Aryan are facing different directions. Rekha’s has clinched fist and a determined look. Only half portion of Rekha’s face is visible in this poster too.
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Nepali Movie – Kismat 2 (Shilpa Pokharel)

Nepali Movie – Kismat 2
Starring – Shilpa Pokharel, Prithivi Raj, Kishor Khatiwoda etc.
Director – Rishi Lamichhane

About ‘Kismat 2’

The movie is the sequel of superhit movie ‘Kismat’ featuring Rekha Thapa in leading role. The sequel features the new sweetheart of the producer, Chhabi Raj Ojha. According to Shilpa, the marriage between the two is confirmed and they are waiting for the ‘go-ahead’ message from the astrologer. The marriage rumour between the two helped the movie to get a lot of media attention. Although the success of ‘Lazza’ can also be attributed to a similar rumour during the release of the movie the rumour wasn’t found much effective during the release of their third movie. The original movie featured actress Rekha Thapa with Biraj Bhatt and Aryan Sigdel in leading roles. None of the original cast are repeated in the sequel. The original was written and directed by Ujjwal Ghimire but the sequel is directed by Rishi Lamicchhane.

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Nepali movie – Lekhanta (Rekha Thapa, Sushil Chhetri)

lekhantaNepali movie – Lekhanta
Starring – Rekha Thapa, Sushil Chhetri, Uttam Pradhan, Deepak Chhetri etc.
Direction – Uday Subba

About ‘Lekhanta’

The movie featuring the superstar actors Rekha Thapa and Sushil Chhetri with Uttam Pradhan and Deepak Chhetri, Lekhanta is directed by Uday Subba. The hair stylist of this movie, Bipana Thapa, is a popular actress who is featured as fake Hisila Yami in popular comedy serials in television, ‘Tito Satya’. In addition to direction, ‘Lekhanta’ is also written by Uday Subba. The movie was previously posted and is updated with a new official link to the movie.

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Nepali Movie – Duniya (Nikhil Upreti, Bhuwan KC, Niruta Singh)

Nepali movie – Duniya
Starring Bhuwan KC, Tripti Nadkar, Mithila Sharma, Niruta Singh, Nikhil Upreti, Rekha Thapa, Biren Shrestha, Sunil Dutt Pandey, Dinesh Sharma, Laxmi Giri etc.
DirectorShiva Regmi

About ‘Duniya’

The movie directed by Shiva Regmi was written by Suraj Subba Nalbo and produced by OB Films. In addition to script, Suraj had also written the dialogue of the movie. The story of the movie is written by the producer Binod Sherchan. The movie features Bhuwan KC with actress Tripti Nadkar. Other well known actresses include Niruta Singh and Mithila Sharma. Action star Nikhil Upreti and Rekha Thapa are also the main attraction of the movie. Biren Shrestha, Dinesh Sharma and Sunil Dutta Pandey are also well known actors featured in the movie.

The fight direction by Dev Maharjan, lyrics by Siva Regmi, Sundar Shrestha, Dayaram Pandey. Playback singers are Anand Karki, Udit Narayan Jha, Karna Das, Indira Joshi, Nima Rumba, Sadhana Sargam, background music by Sanjay Shrestha, choreography by Basanta Shrestha and Raju Shah, editor is Banish Shah and music director is Sambhujit Baskota. The cinematographer is Sambhu Sapkota.

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What happened to Rekha Thapa stardom? Diarry omits Rekha in the Poster

It is a surprising move by ‘Diarry’ to omit actress Rekha Thapa from its poster. A couple of posters released recently features only the producer/actress Chhulthim Gurung and the debut actor in the movie – Sunny Singh. Actress Rekha Thapa is featured in a negative role in the movie.

A video report:

There was the time when Rekha Thapa could carry a film to success. Film producers would feature Rekha’s face in prominent position in the movie even when she is featured in a short/guest roles. ‘Dairrys’ attempt to ignore Rekha Thapa is an indication that it doesn’t need Rekha to be successful.

Let me analyze why ‘Diarry’ might be skeptical in featuring Rekha Thapa in it’s poster.

Flop Actress

Most of Rekha Thapa films have flopped in the recent past. Almost all of out-of-home-production banner films have flopped in the recent past and her last movie ‘Rampyari’ wasn’t as successful as expected.

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Will you vote for Rekha to elect her as the Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu?

As the schedule date of local level election, May 14, nears, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has revealed some of the details of the candidate for the poll. One of the candidate of RPP is actress Rekha Thapa.

The party hasn’t entrusted Rekha to be the Mayor but a Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu Municipality. The Mayor candidate is Rajaram Shrestha. Rajaram was the ex-speaker of the party. Rekha was elected the Central Committee Member by the Party Convention held a while ago.

This is the first time the actress is competing in an election as a politician. Earlier she had taken the membership of CPN (Maoist). In the second Constitution Assembly Election, the party had selected her as the candidate of Parsa district. But, she had to denounce the candidacy because she had forgotten to register herself in the voter’s list.

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