Right after the election results were started to indicate that the Nepali Congress has lost the election, the prime ministers, Sher Bahadur Deuba, made some controversial decisions like appointing the Film Development Board (FDB) chief. The newly appointed chief, Nikita Poudel, is the daughter of Uddav Poudel, the owner of Gopi Krishna theatre and film producer. After the news of the appointment of Poudel, the president of the Film Directors Association, Suchitra Shrestha, wrote that Nikita had paid Rs. 5 million to the Minister of Information to get the appointment. She wrote, “When one appointment cost 50,00,000 (50 Lakh) how can Congress win…”
The decision to appoint Nikita was made on the cabinet meeting held on December 11, 2017. In the meeting the minister of Information Mohan Basnet had proposed Nikita Poudel for the post. The proposal was approved by the meeting. Apart from being a businessman, Nikita’s father is also the secretary of Kamal Thapa’s Rastriya Prajatantra Party. Kamal Thapa is one of the Deputy Prime Minister in the current government. Thapa had also lost in the election in Makwanpur.
In an effort to provide so-called ‘celebrity cards’ to the Nepali film makers, Nepal government has completed the first phase of the distribution of the identity cards to some of the senior-most film makers. In an event organized in Singh Durbar on April 18, 2016 minister Sher Dhan Rai handed over film artist cards to 13 senior most film artists. Video report:
The artists who received the identity cards include: Nir Shah, Yadav Kharal, Laxminath Sharma, Uddav Poudel, Bhuwan Thapa Chand, Basundhara Bhusal, Subhadra Adhikari, Kiran Kharel, Manju Kumar Shrestha, Chetan Karki, Hariprasad Rimal, Shakuntala Sharma Guruung and Gehendra Dhimal.
Nepali Movie – Parkhi Basen
Starring – Nikhil Upreti, Raj Ballav Koirala, Yuna Uperti, Shyam Rai, Rajendra KC etc.
Director – Deepak Shrestha
A presentation of Uddhav Poudyal – the story of the movie ‘Parkhi Basey’ was accused of being copied from another Nepali movie ‘Ko Hola Mero Mayalu’. You can check the validity of the accusation by watching the movie – watch ‘Ko Hola Mero Mayalu’ here.
The third movie out of the seven movies announced by Gopi Krishna Movies has been inaugurated on April 22. The movie titled ‘Yo Pagal Man’ is going to feature Gauri Malla, Sagun Shahi and Barsha Siwakoti with Binod Neupane. The movie is going to be directed by Kalyan Adhikari. Kalyan was the assistant director of the Nirak Poudel’s movie ‘Homework’.
Gopi Krishna Movies is planning to release seven new movies this year. Nirak Poudel, the son of Uddav Poudel had directed the first in the series, ‘Homework’. The second movie was supposed to be Karishma Manandhar‘s ‘Falgu. But, when Karishma decided to go solo, Uddav announced ‘Thamel dot com’ in Holi. The shooting of ‘Thamel dot com’ is currently going on.
At the time of the shooting of Gopi Krishna Movie’s next project ‘Thamel Dot Com’ a first look poster is released. The shooting has started on Mondey, March 23, at a beautiful location in Charikot. The film crew will shot some scenes of the songs and other scene in the area.
The movie being directed by Raj Kumar Sharma featurs Anup Bikram Shahi, Parmod Agrahari, Naren Khadka, and Neeta Pokharel in main roles. Leading actors in the movie can be seen in the first look poster released by the production team.
A new movie titled ‘Thamel.com’ has been announced by Gopi Krishna movies. After the completion of the shooting of its movie ‘Homework’, the film maker company has announced the second of its 7-movies plan for the year. Earlier, Karishma Manandhar‘s film ‘Falgu’ was planned to be produced jointly with Gopi Krishna. Karishma later decided to go solo in the production of the movie, causing Gopi Krishna to announce the new movie (Falgu news in Nepliactress.com).
A family drama film ‘Thamel.com’ was inaugurated by the Information Minister Minendra Rijal. The movie being directed by Rajkumar Sharma features a story in the streets of Thamel, Kathmandu. The shooting of the film is scheduled to start on Chaitra 5. In the program, first shot was taken on Pramod Agrahari and Nitu Pokharel. The full details of the cast and crew is yet to be made public.
There aren’t any news about a Nepali film award ceremony being held in Amsterdam, Netherland. The International Nepalese Association’s seminar (NAS) and award function is being held at Namaste Restaurnat Hoofddorp on March 29 and 30, 2014.
Photo – Representatives from Nepal being welcomed at Amsterdam Airport (photo credit -Nisha Adhikari)
It seems, the only Nepali actress attending the ceremony is Nisha Adhikari. Uddav Poudel, Nir Shah and Sunil Rawal are among a other few representatives of Nepali film industry attending the seminar and award ceremony.
When the Constituent Assembly (CA) membership hopeful film directors Deepak Shrestha and Himgyap Lama couldn’t make it to the CPN (Maoist) list, there will be no film artists to represent in the current CA.
They were included in the preliminary list of CA members under the proportional representation (PR) electoral system. In the similar way, actor Bhuwan KC also couldn’t make it to the list of CPN (UML). Bhuwan has organized a press meet in protest of being rejected twice by the party.
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The current election is considered to be one of the most important step towards the future of Nepal as a country. For that reason, most of the artists of the Nepali film industry have been actively participating in the election awareness. Most of them have joined one of the many political parties and those who haven’t joined any party are also actively participating in the awareness of people about their voting rights.
Nepali superstar Rajesh Hamal is going to vote in the constituency no. 6 in Kathamndu. He is not affiliated to any party and he is also asking everybody to vote in the election.
Actress Karishma Manandhar is voting at Kathmandu constituency no. 3. Karishma is also one of the few artists who is not a member of any political party. She has also been asking every Nepali to vote the truthful and capable person in the election.
Nepali movie industry is largely influenced by Indian movie industry, Bollywood. Similar to Bollywood, it is easier for the kids of actors and film technicians to enter the film industry. Some of the names of second generation artists in Nepali industry include:
Samyam Puri – son of director Narayan Puri started in movies as a child artists and had debuted as an adult actor in ‘Samaya’.
Salon Basnet – son of actor and director Shovit Basnet is also debuting in ‘Hostel’.
For the last two decades, Nepali film industry has been ruled by Rajesh Hamal and his craze hasn’t diminished to date. The new comer actors had tried to follow his path, but none have succeeded. Hamal represents masala types of movies with common ingredients like action, comedy, songs, and glamorous actresses.
After the release of "Sano Sansar" and "Kagbeni", Nepali movies had stepped in new direction creating a sharp contrast between the two groups of film makers.
Nepali Movie – Pritiko Phool
Starring: Raj Ballav Koirala, Yuna Upreti, Garima Pant, Raja Ram Poudel, Nirmal Sharma, Shiva Shrestha (Guest) etc.
Director – Resh Raj Acharya
A presentation of Abhash Acharya for Gopi Krishna Movies. Produced by Uddav Poudyal, the film ‘Pritiko Phoola’ is made on the story Bijaya Chaudhary. Uddav’s son Nirak Poudel is said to be the Executive Producer of the film. Nirak later debuted as a director of the film ‘Kusume Rumal 2’ and he is planning to direct upcoming film ‘Homework’ featuring Namrata Shrestha and Aryan Sigdel in leading roles. The movie featuring Raj Ballav and Yuna Upreti in leading role also features noted actor Shiva Shrestha in guest role.
After 10 years of the royal mishap in which, almost all of the members of the Royal family were killed, a movie is going to made on the story. Nirak Poudel, the son of the owner of Gopi Krishna Theater and TV Filmy television channel, Uddav Poudel, has told that the investigation on the subject was going on for the last one and a half years.
Uddhab Poudyel Presents:
Nepali Movie– Flash Back ( Farkara Harda) 2010
Starring: Nikhil Upreti, Aryan Sigdel, Yuna Upreti, Neeta Pokharel, and Nir Shah etc
Directed/ Written – Dayaram Dahal
The original KUSUME RUMAL (1985 version) was posted here.
Uddhav Poudyal presents,
Nepali film – Kusume Rumal – (Sequel 2)
This is the latest, much hyped remake of the hit movie of past, Kusume Rumal.
Starring – Ritu Bhattarai, Niraj Baral , Usha Rajak , Tripti Nadkar , Nir Shah , Laxmi Giri etc.
Director – Nirak Poudel
In this movie, Nirak Poudel, the son of the Uddav Poudel, the owner of Gopi Krishna Movies, has debuted as a director in Nepali film industry.