Before debuting as a big screen actress in ‘Lazza, actress Shilpa Pokharel was a well known actress and model of Nepali music videos. Her big screen debut was made by well known producer of Nepali film industry, Chhabi Raj Ojha. Ojha is known to introduce successful actors and actresses to the Nepali film industry in the past. Shilpa’s opposite in the movie, Aryan Sigdel, was also introduced by Chhabi in the past. The top actress Rekha Thapa and the top actor of Nepali film insutry, Rajesh Hamal, were also introduced by Chhabi in the film industry.
- Name – shilpa Pokharel
- Height – 5 feet 2 inches
- Father – Purushottam Pokharel
- Mother – Suchita Kafle Pokharel
- Home town – Pokharia, Biratnagar
- Television debut – Gharbeti Ba, a comedy serial
- Movie debut – Lazza
Shilpa’s acting debut was in a TV comedy serial and was one of the main characters of the serial. She acted in 16-episodes of the comedy serial ‘Gharbeti Ba’ aired in Kantipur Television. It was when Shishir Subedi left the serial, Shilpa Pokharel also left the serial and she started modeling in music video. She later became one of the most successful music video models of her time.
Music video journey
The music video debut of Shilpa was in the singer Purna Rai’s music video. The music video titled ‘Halka Halka…’ was directed by Arjun Adhikari wasn’t released for a long time. It was released after she became successful in her music video career and she also started acting in big-screen movies.
The first music video that was released to public featuring Shilpa was of singers Anju Pant and Sworup Raj Acharya. The music video titled ‘Timi Kasko Hune…’ became an instant success. The success of the video can be attributed to Shilpa’s success as a music video model. Shilpa then become one of the busiest music video models in Nepal. She did about 100 music videos in the fist year of her music video acting career. That is about two music videos every week.
While working as a music video model, Shilpa had worked with well known music video directors like Munal Shishir, Arjun Adhikari, Subash Regmi, Shiva BK, Umer Gurung, Diwas Pokharel, and Bikesh Subedi.
Shilpa, a beautician
In addition to modeling and acting, Shilpa is also a trained beautician. Shilpa has done an advance course in beautician from Neel David’s Saloon. Although she is a trained beautician, she is more inclined towards acting and wishes to be one of the successful actresses rather than becoming a beautician.
Filmography of Shilpa Pokharel
Shilpa signed up Chhabi Raj Ojha’s production movie ‘Lazza’ and debuted in acting. Shilpa was featured opposite to Aryan Sigdel in the movie. The movie was released in 2015 and became a hit. In the same year she signed the second Chhabi Ojha movie ‘Hawaldar Suntali’. After the success of Hawaldar suntali , Pokhrel did the film of Karishma Manandhar “Fagu ” but the film couldn’t do good business.
In 2016, she acted in Brindaban and also did Chhabi’s third movie ‘Kismat 2’. Although ‘Brindaban’ didn’t do well, ‘Kismat 2’ was successful. In 2017, Shilpa debuted as a producer. She teamed up with Chhabi Raj Ojha to produce ‘Mangalam’. The movie was successful in theatre. While all the movies she did in Chhabi Raj Ojha’s banner were successful, all of her movies she did in outside banner were failure.
It was later known that, Shilpa had secretly married Chhabi before she became the producer of ‘Mangalam’. Now, Shilpa has filed for divorce and the decision is pending.
- Lazza (2014) (watch ‘Lazza’ in xnepali)
- Hawaldar Suntali (2015) (watch ‘Hawaldar Suntali’ in xnepali)
- Fagu (2016)
- Brindaban (2016)
- Kismat 2 (2016)
- Mangalam (2017)
- Villain (2019)
Awards and Nominations
- Best Actress Award at the D Cine Award 2015 (EXT-2)
- Nominated as Best Debt actress 2015 (NEFTA film awards)
Shilpa comes from a well-to-do family in Biratnagar. Her father owns a family business, Raj Chemical Udhyog.
Shilpa Pokharel used to have an affair with an director. After she met the producer Chhabi Raj Ojha to act in ‘Lazza’ they started seeing each other. At the time of the release of the movie, a news about their affair was revealed in the media. They were shown drinking coffee from the same cup in a TV program. The movie was successful.
Chhabi started repeating Shilpa in his movies. On July 13, 2016, Shilpa and Chhabi got married secretly. Nobody was told about the marriage and it was kept a secret until Chhabi decided to tell about his marriage in 2019. They also got the marriage registered in 2019. But, in less than half a year of the registration of marriage, Shilpa decided to go to the police and complain about domestic violence against her.
In an interview, Chhabi Raj Ojha told that his marriage with Shilpa was actually her second marriage. But, Shilpa has claimed that she was never married before Chhabi. Saptahik weekly has also named Shilpa’s first husband. Shilpa has admitted that she was having an affair but wasn’t married.
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Chhabi Raj Ojha’s marriages
Hot Photos of Shilpa Pokharel
Originally posted on : Oct 29, 2013
August 25, 2016 – Filmography added. Links to watch Lazza and Hawaldar Suntali added
July 20, 201p – Rewritten, reposted, videos and other personal details added.