After getting married on Sunday, December 3, Nepali actor Raj Ballav and his newly wed Pratima Bimali organized a reception party in the USA. In the party, various Nepali film industry personalities were present. In one of the photos shared by Raj Ballav after the party, actresses Nandita KC, Richa Ghimire and Arunima Lamsal are seen present. Among the actors, Mukesh Dhakal, Bimalesh Adhikari and Mukesh Acharya were present. In the photo, Arunima’s mother Radha Lamsal and Dilip Rayamajhi’s wife and director Prasanna Poudel are also seen.
Raj Ballav and Pratima had tied the knot after the formal engagement some 4 months ago.
Another Nepali film award was held in the USA – titled Global Nepali Film Award. It was the second edition of the award. Like other awards held in Europe and USA, many film artists were denied visa. Those who had previous visa to the USA and those who got visa this year participated and won the awards. Such award winning actors include Anmol KC who got the visa this time. Actor Dayahang Rai and others were denied visa and didn’t become “best actors”. Similarly, actress Keki Adhikari was awarded Best Actress for her role in ‘Love Sasha’.
‘Chhakka Panja’ was awarded the Best Film award. Actress and director Deepa Shree Niraula became the best director for the movie. Actor Tika Pahadi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Others awarded the Achievement Awards include Arjun Jung Shahi and Suwarna Chhetri.
The well known actress of the Nepali film industry, Jharana Thapa, has also obtained the Green Card of the USA. Jharana has become the third well known artist who had processed the Green Card from Nepal and left after obtaining the Green Card. Previously, actor Dilip Rayamajhi and actress Arunima Lamsal had left Nepal after obtaining the green card.
Although Jharana Thapa and her family is yet to confirm the report, according to the report published in the online version of Sourya Daily, Jharana’s husband has left Nepal to join his family in the USA. On the status update posted by Sunil Kumar Thapa, he has told that it is only a ‘vacation’ to meet “his princess”.
When Jharana went on a ‘vacation’ in November of 2016 – I wrote it was an “odd time” for a vacation because of the rush of the release of the debut of Jharana as a director. Now, it is clear – that was more than a vacation.
Actress Jharana Thapa has gone in a USA vacation with her family at an odd time – right after the completion of the shooting of her debut movie as a director. There is only 4 months before the movie’s scheduled release on March 31, 2017. Although the shooting has finished, there is a lot of work in terms of editing and compiling the whole film. Promotional aspect is another time consuming and important aspect of the movie business. Jharana Thapa is both the producer and the director of ‘A Mero Hajru 2’.
Being a debut movie, being both the producer and the director of the movie and going in vacation a few months before the release of the movie doesn’t make sense to me. I think, it is odd time because:
- A director is the caption of the ship – involved in every stage of a film production. The directors have a very important role in the editing and dubbing part of the movie.
- Jharana and her husband Sunil Kumar Thapa are also the producer of the movie. I think it is odd timing to leave the country at this time.
USA election doesn’t have much impact to Nepal. But, we are politically so much conscious that every geo-political situation all over the world interests us.
Some Nepali celebrities however are US citizens. Nepali celebrities don’t prefer to reveal the fact about their US citizenship because of the the lack of dual-citizenship provision in Nepal. The celebrities like Saroj Khanal, Suryamala Sharma, Premraja Mahat, Kristi Mainali, Sudhanshu Joshi, Sapana Shree, Harish Mathema, and Krishna Murari Dhungel are said to be US citizens.
- Actress Priyanka Karki wasn’t happy by Trump’s victory. She had written “Madam president”, in the morning and then she wrote, “… and the world is doomed!”
- Richa Sharma wrote “Congratulation to the winner.”
- Hari Bamsha Acharya’s son Mohit Bamsha asked, “How many of you are immigrating to Cananda?”
- Ruby Shah‘s comment was satirical – “Yaha deshko chha chinta, timi US-US bhanchchu.” (Meaning I am worried about my country and you are talking about USA).
- Malina Joshi wrote – #Godblessamerica, sharing The Independent article about Trump’s win.
- Nirmal Sharma (Gaida) congratulated Trump. He has written, “Don’t be like us. Let them go who wants to go to the USA. Let them stay, if they want to stay there. Don’t discontinue DV. Don’t fight and do your work.” (will attach in a while)
- Deepak Raj Giri (will attach)
- Singer Astha Raut has written a long post starting with , “I am feeling sorry for America…”
- Ex-Miss Nepal Shweta Singh wrote, “Victory of the blunt… Donald Trump .. Donald Trump.”
- Ex-Miss Nepal Malvika Subba wrote, “While America is all red, now who is planning to come back to Nepal?”
- Rekha Thapa hasn’t responded after the election result. Before the result, she had written that she ‘loves Hillary’.
Video report about the US Election result:
USA being the world leader in arms and economy has a potential of influencing everybody. Some of the stuffs I noticed about the US Election:
In a conversation with RJ Sabeena Karki, Nepali actor Rajesh Hamal has talked about his personal life and about his wife. Rajesh told his married life is going “fantastic” and he is very happy with his marriage. In the live interview was taken at Time Square in New York, Rajesh told that hew was confused if he should get married or not. He added, “Now, once I am married, I am very happy.”
When asked about the child, Rajesh Hamal told that he is still in honeymoon phase. He also added, he is trying to get Madhu Bhattarai pregnant.
The action actor Nikhil Upreti has flown to the USA on Friday, February 5 for the show of his movie ‘Bhairav’ in California, USA. The comeback movie of Upreti, ‘Bhairav’ features him as the producer, director and the leading actor. Made on the story of a police officer, ‘Bhairav’ was well received by the viewers.
Before flying to the USA, Nikhil Upreti has signed a new film of director Madhusudhan Bhattarai. The details of the unnamed movie is not available yet.
Video report on Nikhil’s US travel:
The show of ‘Bhairav’ is scheduled to be held in a theater in California in the evening of February 9, 2016. There are no other shows of the movies yet, but Nikhil expects more demands of the movies in other parts of the USA.
The trailer and first look poster of the movie produced and directed by Suraj Subba Nalbo, ‘Rato Ghar’ is released online. The movie is made on the story of drug dealing with comedy and action as the main ingredients of entertainments.
The action and comedy movie features Wilson Bikram Rai, Menuka Pradhan, Samyam Puri, Gaurav Pahadi, Anurag Kunwar, Mala Limbu, Bikesh Shrestha etc. in main roles. The movie features the music of Mahesh Khadka and Dambar Nepali, action of Roshna Khadka, cinematography of Hari Lama, and editing of Bipin Malla. In addition to the director Nalbo, Wilson Bikram Rai is also the producer of the movie. The movie is made under joint banner of Mang Him Films and Takme Production.
Actor Rajesh Hamal is currently in the USA. He was invited by actress Jal Shah to participate in a cultural program held in Salt Lake City on November 1. After the program, Rajesh is meeting his relatives and having fun. I have compiled photos Rajesh has shared to give you the glimpse of the places he went and the people he met.
On a October 29 post Rajesh said, “In 48 hours I have moved from lush green jungles of Chitwan to concrete jungle called New York.” That was poste from Summit, NJ. In the photos he is wearing a rough jeans torn at the knees.
On October 27 he was playing with elephants in Chitwan. The following photos is
On October 31, Halloween day, Rajesh was at Jal Shah’s house. He shared photos of himself with the actress and with the trick-or-treating kids. For some reason, Rajesh later deleted those photos. Here is one of those photos:
A cultural program titled “Nepali Pan Nepali Maan Ramailo Sanjh” with Nepali artists was organized at Salt Lake City, Utah on November 1. The program was special in the sense that actress Jal Shah organized the program and actor Rajesh Hamal was the chief guest from Nepal.
With Rajesh Hamal the program also featured actor Dilip Rayamajhi, actress Arunima Lamsal, singer Ram Krishna Dhaka, singer Yam Baral, singer Nisha Sunar, singer Sangita Thapa Magar and others. Other artists include choreographer Nabin KC and Luna Shrestha.
UPDATE: Dinesh’s one of the daughters, Shiwane DC has thanked everybody for the response and support. She has told that it was a major accident caused by weather condition. Shiwani has told that they are required to take a rest for two days before they will travel to Atlanta. Shiwani’s statement:
For those who aren’t aware, the worsening weather conditions at Austin caused the car, that my Mom & Dad were in, to crash. It was a major accident. However, they have already sought medical treatment for their injuries.
Photos of Dinesh DC and his wife in during treatment:
Nepali actor and director Dinesh DC has met with an accident in his vacation tour in the USA. He was travelling with his wife Ranu DC on the celebration of their 25th anniversary of their marriage.
On November 7, 2015 Friday at around 4:30 AM, the car DC were riding collided with the car coming from the opposite direction. They were on their way to Austin airport to take a flight to Atlanta. They were taken to Brackenridge Hospital for treatment. After7-hours long treatment, they were discharged from the hospital. Ranu has a broken finger and was given 12 stitches on her face. Dinesh has sustained injury in his chest.
UPDATE: Rishi Dhamal’s Dashain in Canada and Ratan Subedi’s Dashain in Australia (at the end of this post).
Wherever people go, they take their culture with them. Nepali people are no exception. Nepal people all over the world celebrated Dashain Tika on October 22, 2015. I shared some photos of Nepali artists celebrating Dashain in my previous post. Now, it is time to share photos of Dashain celebration in places out of Nepal. Although, every Nepali have celebrated Dashain, I will only share photos of Nepali artists. This post will be updated if I find more artists celebrating Dashain in countries other than Nepal.
Prakriti Shrestha, Nepali actress in Australia
Nepali actress Prakriti Shrestha had gone to Australia after marrying Sudeep Neupane in July of 2014. The ‘Hostel’ actress was considered one of the new actresses with a lot of potential in Nepali film industry. But, Prakriti quietly married and left the country. (Watch ‘Hostel’ here)
After living three months in the USA, actress Nisha Adhikari, has returned back to Nepal. Nisha had left Nepal amidst rumor of her breakup and wasn’t expected to return back so soon. Nisha however had reticulated the break up rumors and had told that it was only a vacation tour. Proving herself right, Nisha has returned back on September 23, 2015. She seems to have timed the return to Nepal such that she could promote her upcoming movie ‘Lootera’ before it goes in theater on November 13. The movie featuring Nikhil Upreti is an awaited movie after the success of his comeback movie ‘Bhairav’.
Nisha shared the following photo of herself with her brother Anush Adhikari at the departure area in the airport:
Nisha wrote, “Home is where my family is. Traveling from one home to another. Thank you for being there dada.” She has indicated that she is excited to come back to the country with new constitution. Nepal has adopted the new constitution earlier this week.
When Nisha Adhikari left Nepal suddenly and reached USA in in mid-June, rumors and speculation of her break-up with cricketer Sharad Veshwakar were made. When print media also published report of break-ups, both Sharad and Nisha had made fun of them over the issue. While in the US, Nisha shaved her head and shared her bald photos in Facebook and Instagram.
Today, in a Facebook status update, Nisha has listed the answers to the questions raised by her well-wishers. Her answers:
- Nisha says that she is returning back to Nepal at the end of September.
- She is scheduled to shot the songs of ‘Lootera’ and will be involved in the promotion of the movie. She also says that she is planning to do two more movies soon.
- Nisha has to finish some work of ‘How Funny’
- Nisha clarified that Nisha is not planning to stay in the USA permanently. It was only a vacation tour to live with her brother.
Nisha further clarified that an artist doesn’t need to break up to go to a foreign country.
Actress Binita Baral has truly become an ex-actress as she is flying to the USA on August 30, 2015 to pursue MBA in Agriculture Business. She has told that she has received full scholarship for the course.
Binita became a new sensation in the Nepali film industry when her debut movie ‘Chapali Height’ became a huge success (watch ‘Chapali Height’ here). But, the failure of her second movie ‘Full Stop’ (watch ‘Full Stop’ here) cause a break of her acting career. She started agriculture business with some partners in 2013.