There have always been good looking and presentable actresses in Nepali movies. Whether they have stayed for a long time, or have disappeared after a movie, actresses have played an important role in the popularity of Nepali movies, among the large mass of viewers. There was a time when actresses were limited to dancing and lip-syncing on screen; times have changed now, as female actors are getting main roles in the movies.
Tripti Nadakar, Mala Sinha, Gauri Malla were the very first actresses of Nepal. They are the veteran female actors and have entertained us with many movies. Then came Karishma Manandhar, Niruta Singh, Bipana Thapa, Rekha thapa and others, who among the most popular actresses in the history of Nepali Movie industry. Perhaps they are the most consistent actresses comparing to those who came and went. But now is the era of the new generation. Whole new, fresh, talented actresses have entered the block and it seems like they are here to stay.After Karishma Manadhar, Gauri Malla, Niruta Singh, Nepali movies have earned faces like Yuna Upreti, Nandita K.C, Namrata Shrestha, Diya Maskey, Nisha Poudel and others.
Yuna Upreti came in to the movies, along with Raj Ballav Koirala in Parkhi Basen in 2008. Her role as a blind girl in this movie was applauded; she was commendable in the movie. Before coming in the movie industry, she had worked as a model. Among her other movies are: Flash Back, Pahilo Pahilo Maya.
Namarata Shrestha was cast in Alok Nembang’s Sano Sansar in 2008. A popular face in music videos and advertisements, Namarata is also a model and a radio jockey. Her next film was Sudarsan Thapa’s Mero Euta Sathi Cha. Both these movies gained her popularity and praise from others. She has also acted in a short TV film based on HIV AIDS awareness.
Nisha Adhikari a model, video jockey for Kantipur Television, and music video actress started her career with Simosh Sunuwar’s Mission Paisa. She has also won the title of Miss International Nepal in 2005. Her next venture was the movie, First Love. Even in this short period of her career, she is a household name. This popularity is increasing by the day, as she was also a guest judge in Miss Nepal 2010.
Diya Maskey, a theater actress, music video actress and a model has tried her luck in the Nepali silver screen with Kagbeni. Diya also acted in a social television drama Dalan, which was based on caste system and its negative aspects. Her acting skills have been praised by the audience and the film critics, alike. Though, she has not worked in many films, she is a talented and a gifted actress.
Unlike these other actresses, Nadita K.C has worked in several movies till date. Her first movie was Yo Kasto Maya in 2060 B.S. She has even worked with Rajesh Hamal in The Yug Dekhi Yug Samma. She has acted in movies, like Hami Teen Bhai, Karmako Fal, Bharosha, Naya Nepal, Jyanmara, Trishul, Bashanta Ritu. She has also featured in music videos and Nepali television dramas.
These new Nepali actress are winning hearts of Nepali audiences, with their acting skills performance and screen presence. If Nepali movies can be about the role of women in society and their potential, rather than family dramas, the industry can attract numerous other young women.
For the last few decades we have been seeing the same old faces in the Nepali movies. Actors like Rajesh Hamal, Bhuwan K.C, Hari Bhansha Acharya, Madan Krishna Shrestha, Shiv Shrestha, Dilip Rayamajhi are veteran actors. They have been in this industry for decades now. For years we have been thinking that the youths have no interest in the Nepali Cinema, or that the actors listed above are the dominant figure of the Nepali big screens, until now.
In a last few years, many new faces have come to light in the Nepali movie industry. They are fresh, highly talented and have everything that the Nepali screen has been longing for. Some new and refreshing talents to hit the silver screens are Karma Shakya, Aryan Sigdel, Vinay shrestha, Saugat Malla, Raj Ballav Koirala, Jivan Luitel and others. They are extremely talented, young and are different than what the Nepali Films have been offering the audience for years. Looks like the era of the once dominant actors like Bhuwan K.C and shiv shrestha has come to an end.
Raj Ballav Koirala is one of the most promising new actors in the Nepali Cinema. He is a model turned actor. He tried his acting skills in many music videos. One of the videos that showcased his talent was bhetiyera chutnu bhanda. His first movie was Parkhi Base released in 2008. It was a super hit and he won KTV Film Awards Best Debut Actor (Male). He also worked in Deewanapan, Samjhana, Guru Dakshina, Chadi Gaye Paap Lagla apart from his debut movie.
Aryan Sigdel is another budding actor who has taken the Nepali film industry by storm with his charm. His adorable look and personality has made him famous among the ladies. He has earned a â€œchocolate hero’s status from the critics. He debuted in Rekha Thapa’s Kismat and thereafter hasn’t had to look back. He has only stridden forward with movies like Mausam, Mero Euta Saathi Cha, The Flashback, Kohi Mero and First Love. Before starring in movies, he acted in small screen. He is remembered for his performances in Houseful and Gharbeti Ba.
Mr. Nepal Jivan Luitel 2002, Karma Shakya a.k.a Mahesh Shakya and Saugat Malla are the other budding talents on the silver screen. Jivan started his career from the movie Sano Sansar as a supporting actor. He is a very handsome man, no wonder he is the former Mr. Nepal. He has worked in other movies like Tirkha, Mero Euta Saathi Cha, Naseeb Aafno, Deep Shikha, Kasam Hajurko and Malai Mann Paryo. His latest hit was Nai Nabhannu La. Karma and Saugat are on the other hand talented theatre actors. Karma started off with Sano Sansar which was a big hit among the youth. His other movie is First Love. Although he hasn’t worked in many movies, he has shown his worth in the ones he is involved.
Saugat Malla is also a theatre actor. He debuted in Kagbeni and ahs worked in Das Dhunga as well. Both the actors have gained a lot of popularity for their work in such a short span of time and have also got a lot of critical acclaim. Another aspiring actor is the singer turned actor, Nima Rumba. He was well received for his work in Kagbeni and the audience is expecting a lot more from him. The talented singer that he already is, we hope that he proves to be as good an actor as well.
With these really talented and good looking new actors, the horizon of Nepali cinema looks bright and simmering. It is definitely an encouragement for the youths to imply their talent in this industry. Moreover, with new actors in the block, a lot of youths are attracted to go watch Nepali movies too. With their work and popularity, the future of Nepali Film industry is anything but dull.