Like every other year, quite a lot of folks will try their hands on acting this year. Or may be, probably a little more than in previous years. We’re not sure how many of these new talents are going to make it big on the big screen; but we surely hope we get at least a couple of good talented individuals from this lot.
Here are the female actors who will be making their silver screen debut in Nepali cinema this year.
A number of girls from the beauty pageant background will be part of various films that will come out this year. Nikita Chandak is arguably the most popular among them. The Miss World Nepal 2017 will be making her debut with ‘Ranimahal’, the film that will also star another debutant actor Pritam Raj Senchury; along with Nir Shah, Sushmita KC, and Bhola Shah. Himal Neupane is directing the film.
Another beauty queen; Subeksha Khadka had bagged the title of Miss Nepal International in 2012 to represent the nation in the 52nd edition of the Miss International pageant in Japan. In 2017, she represented Nepal in another international pageant called World Miss University in Cambodia. She will be be seen in a film titled ‘Ranveer’ this year. The movie, that is currently being filmed, also has Prashant Tamrakar, Sushil Sitaula, Tika Pahari, Ravi Giri, Naresh Paudel and Bholaraj Sapkota, among others. Govind Singh Bhandari is the director of the film produced by Goma Bista Thapa and Dipendra Regmi.
Sandipa Limbu was a Miss Nepal contestant in 2016. In 2017, she won the title of Face of Nepal to represent Nepal at the Asia Model Festival in S. Korea. She will be making her debut opposite Anoop Bikram Shahi in ‘Cops’.
Yet another girl from the beauty pageant scene; Srijana Regmi had represented Nepal at Miss Grand International in 2014. In 2016, she took part in Miss Nepal where she was among the top five finalists. She will be sharing the screen with Namrata Shrestha in ‘Xira’ this year. The action flick, that is being directed by Ashutosh Shrestha, also stars Anoop Bikram Shahi, Raymon Das Shrestha, Pramod Agrahari, Sangita Napit and Samrat Magar.
Shilpa Maskey is among the most promising debutant female actors to watch out for this year. After being part of some music videos, short films, TVCs, and of course, the big Hollywood project ‘Doctor Strange’; she will be making her Nepali cinema debut this year. She has been roped in to play the female lead in two films – ‘Kagajpatra’ opposite Najir Husen; and ‘Breakup’ that will have her share the screen with Aashirman DS Joshi. While Apil Bista is directing ‘Kagajpatra’; Hem Raj BC is the director of ‘The Breakup’.
A dentist by profession, Surya Thapa also is a model who has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers; along with some music videos. She is now all set to make her big screen debut with ‘Premalaya’. Nirajan Pradhan, Mariska Pokharel, Sunny Dhakal and Rabindra Jha are also part of the film that’s going to be directed by Kumar Shah.
Shristi Karki was among the twenty five contestants to vie for the Miss Nepal crown this year. Although she already has been seen on big screen as she was featured in ‘Abala’ song in ‘Gangster Blues’ last year; her new film ‘America Boys’ will mark her official debut as she plays the female lead in the film. The film directed by Prabesh Poudel also stars Arpan Thapa, Sunil Thapa, Sandip Chhetri, Kameshwor Chaurasiya and Ashish Prasai. It’s slated to hit the theaters on June 1st.
Malika Mahat has so far been seen in a couple of music videos, including Swoopna Suman’s ‘Ma Timro’. She will be making her film debut opposite ‘A Mero Hajur 2’ star Salin Man Baniya in ‘Yaatra’. Samrat Shakya is directing the film that also has Salon Basnet, Prechya Bajracharya and Rear Rai, among others.
After becoming part of various music videos and plays, Kusum Gurung will finally make her big screen debut this year. The theatre actor will be playing one of the lead roles in Naren Limbu’s debut directorial feature film ‘Aastha’.
Naren Limbu’s ‘Aastha’ won’t just introduce Kusum, but Sirjana Gurung as well. The Miss UK Nepal 2017 plays Naren’s love interest in the film. She has so far been seen in some music videos.