It is not only in the Nepali movie industry, divorce among Nepali couple has been in the increasing trend these days. This might be because, compromising is not in the cards of today’s youth. I think, there is nothing wrong to get out of the relationship that is not working out. But, divorce also brings a lot of pain and problems to the both the couple involved. The traditional Nepali society has made it even worse by tagging them ‘bad example’ to the society.
This post was originally written on Jan 29, 2012. In the mean time I had updated it to reflect the changes in the status of Nepali artists. I think, it is the time to rewrite the whole post.
Rekha Thapa and Chhabi Raj Ojha
2016 – Rekha Thapa and Chhabi Raj Ojha have officially divorced after 4 years of unofficial divorce after a decade of living together. They signed the legal paper and make it legal in August of 2016. Right after the divorce, Chhabi has told that he is planning to get married for the fourth time. Will he marry the actress Shilpa Pokharel or is he using the controversy only to promote his movie – that is a huge mystery of the Nepali movie industry.
While shooting and post-production of ‘Himmatwali’ Rekha is having an affair with Sudarshan Gautam. But, right after the release of the movie, Rekha reportedly dumped Sudarshan.
Nepali Film – Maryada
Starring: Rajesh Hamal, Arunima Lamsal,Nikhil Upreti, Sanchita Luitel, Ganesh Upreti, Dinesh Sharma, Dibas Upreti, Ranjana Sharma etc.
Direction – Shyam Bhattarai
Nepali movie ‘Maryada’ is a presentation of Sajan Films. The movie is subtitled ‘A Border Line’ and is made on the story of the director Shyam Bhattarai. Produced by Sanjay Katu, ‘Maryada’ features the music of Kamal Krishna, background score by Samrat Thapa, action by Himal KC, editing by Banish Shah, cinematography by Kumar Bakhati and choreography by Basanta Shrestha. The playback singers are Udit Narayan Jha, Sangita Rana, Deepa Jha, Pushpa Poudel, Aanand Karki, Rupak Dotel and Shree Krishna Luitel. The lyrics of the songs are written by Dayaram Pandey, Shyam Bhattarai and Sanjay Kutu.
Watch the movie ‘Maryada’ in a single part
Nepali Movie – Lanka
Starring – Rekha Thapa, Kishor Khatiwoda, Nandu Shrivastab, Nagendra Rijal, Dhurba Koirala, Sailaja Pandey etc.
Director – Shyam Bhattarai
Watch the full movie ‘Lanka’ in a single part:
In the initial announcement of the ‘Kismat’ sequel ‘Kismat 2’, director Shyam Bhattarai was named the director. The announcement was made during the birthday celebration of the actress Shilpa Pokharel in December last year. In a latest report, Shyam is replaced by ‘Hawaldar Suntali’ director Rishi Lamichane.
Photo: Rishi Lamichhane (left) looking at the cake while Shilpa Pokahrel feeds her birthday cake to Chhabi Raj Ojha.
Shyam Bhattarai is currently in USA. He went there on April 10 and is not expected to return back until the start of the shooting of ‘Kismat 2’. That is the reason behind the change in the director of the movie. But, others believe that the success of ‘Hawaldar Suntali’ has helped Rishi to gain confidence from Chhabi. Whatever may be the case, Shyam Bhattarai has been removed from their movies by both Chhabi Raj Ojha and Rekha Thapa. The direction agreement between Chhabiraj Films and Rishi Lamichane was made on April 23.
Hawaldar Suntali music released on Shilpa’s birthday. Video news report :
On the occasion of actress Shilpa Pokharel, the producer Chhabi Raj Ojha organized an event to release the song of his upcoming movie ‘Hawaldar Suntali’. Chhabi had invited a lot of film artists and journalists in the event to share the music of his upcoming movie.
After cake cutting for Shilpa’s birthday, the actress of the upcoming movie ‘Kismat 2’ by director Shyam Bhattarai was also announced. Chhabi’s birthday day gift to the actress was the leading actress role to the actress in the upcoming movie.
The directorial debut of actress Rekha Thapa and debut of disabled actor Sudarshan Gautam as an actor, ‘Himmatwali‘ was released on Fulpati, at the time of the biggest festival of Nepal, Dashain.
The movie is produced by Rekha’s mother Saraswati Thapa and is released under Rekha Films banner. The movie features Rekha Thapa and Sudarshan Gautam in lead roles. Other actors include Abhaya Chand and Puskar Bhatta. The movie features the action of Chandra Pant, music of Basanta Sapkota and Tanka Budhathoki, cinematography of Ramsharan Upreti and choreography of Basanta Shrestha and Kamal Rai.
The release on Wednesday, against the usual practice of releasing new Nepali movie on Fridays, created a lot of controversies. Rekha ignored the government order. As a result Rekha and her production company Rekha Films were suspended from the Film Producers Association.
Based on her actions these days, we can easily guess that actress Rekha Thapa is feeling insecure and impatient to to start something other than acting.
Actress Rekha Thapa
After enjoying a decade-long position of being top actress, she might be well aware that new actresses might dethrone her any time. That might be one of the reasons she was the only winners who didn’t attend the National Film Award ceremony. Rekha later accused the organizers of asking her money for the award.
After the National Award Ceremony Rekha had expressed her dissatisfaction of Garima Pant winning the Best Actress award in SAARC Film Festival and the National Film Award. She made a whole lot of fuss about her not knowing about the SAARC film festival and likes. She also didn’t like Neeta Dhungana winning an award in the National Film Award. She even accused Jharana Thapa winning the award because of her close ties with the FDB chief Pappu. Although Rekha’s accusation were serious nobody took it seriously. Is that a sign that Rekha was feeling grossly insecure as an actress?
In a latest report, director Shyam Bhattarai is teaming with Rekha Thapa‘s ex-husband Chhabi Raj Ojha to produce the hit movie ‘Lanka’ sequel. Both Chhabi and Shyam had been the victim of being stepping stones on the success of the top actress in the Nepali film industry.
Shyam and Chhabi have reportedly signed an agreement to take ‘Lanka 2’ to floor after Tihar. In the report, there is a high chance that Shilpa Pokharel will be featured in the lead role in the movie. We suspect, Shilpa’s future will be determined when her debut movie ‘Lazza’ releases in Tihar.
The poster of action movie ‘Himmatwali’ was released on the New Year – 2071. The movie initially directed by Shyam Bhattarai was replaced by actress and producer Rekha Thapa herself. Rekha is accused of using Shyam Bhattarai to shot the most difficult parts of the movie and sending him away after that.
Taking the cue of the success of her previous movie ‘Kali‘ which was released in Dashain festival, the new movie is also scheduled to release on Dashain festival.
In a latest report, Shyam Bhattarai has told that there is a third person who is responsible in creating problem in the relationship between Rekha Thapa and himself. In report, Shyam and Rekha have patched up and have agreed not to express their dissatisfaction publicly.
According to a report in Merocinema, the disabled actor – Sudarshan Gautam is told to be involved in creating the issue between the producer and the director of the movie. The report says – Sudarshan has invested in the movie and he didn’t like Shyam Bhattarai so, he had asked Rekha to remove him. The website says that Rekha and Sudarshan are having an affair. Although Rekha is the official producer of the movie, Sudarshan has actually taken over all the production responsibility of the movie.
Director Shyam Bhattarai has lodged a complain against actress and producer Rekha Thapa for indecent treatment and statements. In the complaint lodged to Film Director’s Guild of Nepal, the director has asked the Guild to take action against the actress who is also taking over the role of director Bhattarai in her movie ‘Himmatwali’.
Shyam is also the secretary of the Direcotr’s Guild in which the chief is Dinesh DC. The meeting of the Guild is going to be held later today to make the decision on Bhattarai’s complaint.
Actress Rekha Thapa has accused director Shyam Bhattarai of not knowing anything about film direction. She also says that he doesn’t have any idea of film making. She accused, “His knowledge of film direction is less than that of spot-boys.”
Watch slideshow video on Rekha’s accusations:
But, in contrast to her saying, Rekha Thapa had won Best Actress award in D Cine Award for the the role she did in Shyam Bhattarai’s movie ‘Lanka’.
UPDATE: In an online report, Shyam Bhattarai has admitted that Rekha has wrongfully sent him home. He also told that Rekha had been planning it since the beginning and he didn’t know it until the last minute.
*previous post continues:*
In a latest information xnepali has received, actress Rekha Thapa was planning to direct ‘Himmatwali’ herself from the beginning. Rekha’s plan was to use Shyam Bhattarai to shot the most difficult parts and let him go.
According to Rekha’s plan, the climax of the movie was shot first. Shyam worked the first two days and left after the completion of the most difficult part of the movie. In the climax, Rekha rode horse, camel and fights villains. The source says, when Rekha got comfortable working without Shyam she asked him to leave her alone. The issue is such that, they aren’t Facebook friends anymore.
UPDATE– Shyam Bhattarai is no longer in Rekha Thapa’s Facebook friend-list. (The title of this post is changed to reflect the information.)
Actress Rekha Thapa was forced to start directing her upcoming movie when the director Shyam Bhattarai becomes sick. Rekha relieved Shyam of his directing job so that he could recover and took over the direction of ‘Himmatwali’ herself. In his Facebook post, Shyam has thanked Rekha for letting him go and also appreciated Rekha’s ex-husband for being ‘such a great’ film maker.
Shyam posting his photo with Chhabi after losing Rekha’s job sounds fishy. There is no doubt Chhabi Raj Ojha is a great film maker but, the timing doesn’t sound right. We have asked Shyam for the clarification on the case and will update the post when he replies.