Nepali celebrities who have stepped foot in Bollywood
By Dikshya Tiwari, KATHMANDU: The Mumbai city of India is called the city of dreams. There are millions of people who are struggling to fulfill their dreams.
Many dreams came true in the same city and many are incomplete. There are many Nepalis who have made a name for themselves by struggling in that city. An example of this is Manisha Koirala. Mumbai gave her both a name and fame. And, her success made Nepal known to the world.
She made a name for herself in Bollywood in the ’90s. At that time, she was even called the ‘Queen of Bollywood’. She started her acting career in 1989 with the Nepali film ‘Pheri Bhetaunla’ and entered the Bollywood film industry as an actress with the 1991 film ‘Saudagar’. She has been active in Bollywood films ever since.
Along with Manisha, some Nepali artists have also left their mark in Bollywood. Actor and singer Udit Narayan Jha from the movie ‘Kushume Rumal’ is one of the most successful singers in Bollywood. He started his career as a Maithili singer in Radio Nepal in 1970. He sang in Nepali songs for a decade. He has been singing Indian songs since 1980.
Born into a Nepali Christian family, Mala Sinha is also considered as a successful Bollywood actress. She had acted in the 1966 Nepali film ‘Maiti Ghar’. After this, she became active in Bollywood films. She started her acting career in Bengali films and has acted in Hindi films including ‘Jid’, ‘Radha Ka Sangam’, and ‘Dhan Daulat’.
The famous villain of the Nepali film Sunil Thapa is also a popular face of Hindi film. Known as ‘Rate Kaila’, he made his acting debut in the 1981 film ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’. After this, he acted in many Hindi films. However, he was given a different identity in Bollywood by Priyanka Chopra’s starrer film ‘Merry Kom’ in 2014.
Jharna Bajracharya is one of the successful actresses to make her appearance in Bollywood films. She has acted in half a dozen Nepali films and had an on-screen romance with Indian singer Sonu Nigam in the 2004 Bollywood film ‘Love in Nepal’. Bhola Raj Sapkota, who is considered as one of the best actors in Nepali films, has also acted in Bollywood films.
Bholaraj was seen in the role of a friend of Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor in the film ‘Barfi’. His acting in it was very popular. Nepali singer Purnima Shrestha is also a popular playback singer in Bollywood. Similarly, Nepali film actress Usha Poudel has also acted in some popular serials in India. However, she is now in the United States.