Rajesh Hamal (Nepali: ) (   is a Nepali actor. He has received many awards for his acting including the National Film Awards from 1988–2014. He is often called the "Maha-Nayak" "महानायक" (Great Actor) for his contribution to Nepali cinema. He is considered a dominant figure in bringing professionalism in the Nepalese film industry. He has also been involved in many uncredited charity and donation programmes. He is currently serving as Goodwill Ambassador for the Building Back Right initiative to promote reconstruction after the April 25 earthquake that is safe, environmentally sustainable, culturally appropriate and free of rights violations such as child and bonded labor.

After years long wait, Rajesh Hamal got married at the age of 50 years with 28 years old Madhu Bhattarai on 24 May 2014. The ceremony was held at Hotel del' Annapurna.

Education

Rajesh Hamal(Kishor) was born in Tansen, central Nepal. He did his schooling at Bhanubhakta Memorial Higher Secondary School up to class 8. Then he went to Moscow, Russia with his father who was Nepalese Ambassador to Russia. Rajesh Hamal finished his M.A in English literature from Chandigarh University.

Career

Rajesh Hamal in his college years, first modelled for Fashion Net, an Indian magazine in 1985; he walked the ramp in Kathmandu and New Delhi in 1986. He started his career as a film actor with Yug Dekhi Yug Samma in 1988, a film made by his maternal uncle. Hamal received a National Film Award for "Best Actor Debut" in 1989, for this film. Till date he has worked in over 230 Nepali and one Punjabi cinema.

Film career, debut and turning point

Nonfilm appearances

Before entering into Nepali Cinema, Hamal was a well known model; in his college years he first modeled for Fashion Net, an Indian magazine in 1985; he walked the ramp in Kathmandu and New Delhi in 1986.

1980s

In 1988 Deepak Rayamajhi made "Yug Dekhi Yug Samma" giving Rajesh Hamal his first break in Nepali cinema along with Krishti Mainali. The film was a huge success. He also won National Films Award for "Best Actor Debut". He is the only superstar of Nepal. He has played above 100 of movies.

1990s

In 1990 he did only one film, Adhikar. He was actor at the box office. 1991 proved to be the best year for Hamal with him getting 3 movies Viz. Bhauju, Deuki and Deuta, all becoming hit. Hamal also received his first National Films Award for Best Actor Award in 1991 film Deuta. In 1992 he appeared in Punjabi film named Kachehri. He also appeared in film Chatyang and earned second National Films Award "Best Actor" category award. In 1993 he appeared in only two films Kasam and Adhikar, both becoming box office success. In 1994 he appeared in film Paribhasa and first time nominated in National Films Award "Best Supporting Actor" Category. He received his Fifth National Films Award for the film Bandhan. In 1997 he worked with actress Jal Shah in film juntara and won National Films Best Actor Award. In 1999 Hamal worked alongside actress Niruta Singh for the first time in the film "Chadani". He played the role of the son of a rich man who fell in love with a village girl. Later he appeared in films Ranabhumi, Dharmaputra, Pardesi Kancha, Shankar, Jindagani, Ek Number Ko Pakhe. His last release in 1999 was "Mato bolcha" which was directed by Rajesh Raj Acharya under Sayapatri films banner. Hamal was nominated for many award categories. He ended up winning National Films best actor awards for this role.

2000s

In 2000 he appeared in film "Basanti" along with actress Karishma Manandhar with whom he has worked in many films. This Film was based on the era of Rana dynasty. He was critically acclaimed for his acting in the film and this film proved to be the highest-grossing film in the box office. Later he worked in films like Dhuk dhuki, Upakar, Asirbad, Nepal Pyaro Chha, The yug dekhi yug samma". In 2009 he appeared in film "Raju Raja Ram" along with two other stars of Nepali film industry, Bhuwan K.C. and Shiv Shrestha, where he played role of Raju.

2010s

His first release in 2010 was comedy film "Hath ma lagyo sunya" and he was nominated for National Films Award "Best Actor In Comic Role". He also did a special appearance in the 2011 film "Bato muni ko phool" as ACP. His last release in 2011 was "Kawach" which was moderate in box office. Later he appeared in many programme like the Nepali comedy show, reality shows, and award functions.In 2012 he appeared in three hit movies Night queen,Maya ko Barima, Chabilal kanjus chhaina. he is working for Sayapatri banner movie Mero Rajesh Dai.

Rise to superstardom

1990s-present

In 1991 director Tulsi Ghimire's film Deuta shot Rajesh Hamal into super-stardom. Tulsi Ghimire cast him in the leading role for the film Deuta. The film was a sharp contrast to the romantically themed films that had generally preceded it and established Hamal in a new persona — the "Romantic Fellow" of Nepali cinema. He won his first Best Actor Award in a leading role. Later many Directors and Leading actress like Karishma Manandhar, Bipana Thapa, Jal Shah, Pooja Chand etc. wanted to work with him. He won many Awards on "Best Actor" category. His fan following increased and many fans wanted to see his movies. His movies start to become houseful in many Theatres.He is one of the most greatest actor in Nepalese History.

Injury while filming Sadak

1994

Hamal was more popular actor in action films. It was in 1994, while filming Sadak during a fight scene in prison, he had to save his family from the enemies. He had to break the walls of the prison. When Hamal was performing the fabulous stunt, the bricks of the prison fell upon him and he became injured. The Director suddenly stopped the shooting. Hamal's body was filled with blood and he was suddenly taken to the hospital. Many fans of Hamal came to meet him in the hospital. Hamal took at least 5 months rest and he slowly completed the shooting.The film was the fourth highest-grossing film of the year and Hamal was nominated for best actor award.He is the only famous superstar till date to be known by each and every individual.

Television & advertisement appearance

2000s-present

In 2004 Hamal appeared in the television show called Wai Wai Quiz Whiz. He appeared in several advertisement like Captain Sabun ( Soap), Steel, Himal Cement, Real Juice, Shares and Investment etc. In 2011 he appeared in the Nepali comedy show "Meri Bassai" as a superstar "Rajesh Hamal". He was also a special guest in 2011 Miss Angel program. He was also Requested to host the show "Nagad Paanch lakh" but he refused the offer being busy in shooting. Later the show was hosted by Madan Krishna Shrestha

Popularity

(1991–present)

In 1991 and 1997 Nepali magazine rated him among the 50 most handsome people in the Nepal. In 1995 Kantipur magazine ranked him among the 20 sexiest stars in film history in Nepal. Two years later it ranked him among the top 10 film stars of all time in Nepali cinema. In 2002 and 2003, he was rated by Premiere among the top 10 in its annual Power 100 list. In 2006 Premiere ranked Hamal as Nepali cinema most powerful actor as Hamal came in at number 20 on the magazine's 2006 Power List, being the highest ranked actor. The same year,Peoples magazine ranked him as the Nepal's most powerful celebrity. In August 2006, "a Nepal Today/Gallup poll in which half of those surveyed registered an 'unfavorable' opinion of the actor" was cited as a reason in addition to "unacceptable behavior" for Paramount's non-renewal of their production contract with Hamal. In addition, Marketing Evaluations reports that Hamal's Q score (which is a measure of the popularity of celebrities), had fallen 40 percent. It was also revealed that Hamal is the celebrity people would least like as their best friend. October 10, 2006 was declared "Rajesh Hamal Day" in Nepal; the Nepalese Memorial Day Association said that he was awarded with a special day because he has made more trips to Nepal than any other Kollywood star. His net worth in 2014 was estimated to be $2 million

His physical strength is often highly rated referring it to "Falam Ko Haat" (फलामको हात) i.e. Hand of Iron. This term originally come from his character in movie "Prithivi". His jokes are very popular in Facebook about his character in movie "Prithivi" He regularly hosts quiz programs as well.

Media

Association with other artists

1988–present

Hamal in his career has worked with several actresses. Some of them are as follows:

Awards, nominations and honours

YearFilmRoleNotes
1989Yug Dekhi Yug SammaNational Film Award for Best Actor
1992DeutaNational Film Award for Best Actor
1993ChatyangNational Film Award for Best Actor
1994AparadhNational Film Award for Best Actor
1995Sadaknominated in National Film Award Best Actor
1995PrithviNational Film Award for Best Actor
nominated in National Film Award Best Actor
1995Paribhasanominated in National Film Award Best Supporting Actor
1996SimanaNational Film Award for Best Actor
1997BandhanNational Film Award for Best Actor
1998Jun TaraNational Film Award for Best Actor
1998Shankarnominated in National Film Award Best Actor
1999Chornominated in National Film Award Best Actor
1999Rana BhoomiNational Film Award for Best Actor
1999Mr Ram Krishnenominated in National Film Award Best Comedian
2000Mato BolchaNational Film Award for Best Actor
2000Chandaninominated in National Film Award Best Actor
2000Kanchanominated in National Film Award Best Actor
2001BasantiNational Film Award for Best Actor
2001Dhuk Dhukinominated in National Film Award Best Actor
2002Sahid Gatenominated in National Film Award Best Actor
2002Dhan sampatinominated in National Film Award Best Actor
2008YuddhaNational Film Award for Best Actor
2008The Yug Dekhi Yug Sammanominated in National Film Award Best Actor
2009Raju Raja Ramnominated in National Film Award Best Actor
2010Jay Shiva ShankarNational Film Award for Best Actor
2011Dharmaanominated in National Film Award Best Supporting Actor
2011Hath ma lagyo sunyanominated in National Film Award Best Comedian
2012Bato Muni ko phoolNational Film Award for Best Actor
2012Chabilal Kanjus Chainanominated in National Film Award Best Comedian

Other awards

  • 1989-Best Ramp performer
  • 1989-Best Model of the year
  • 1990-Best Ramp Performer
  • 1990-Superstar of tomorrow
  • 1995-Nepali Superstar Awards
  • 1996-Star of the year
  • 1997-Entertainer of the year
  • 1999-Best Record Keeping Actor
  • 2003-Best Actor (Popular Choice)
  • 2003-Star of the Year
  • 2004-Entertainer of the Year
  • 2004-Star of the Year
  • 2005-Star of the Year
  • 2005-Entertainer of the Year

Popular awards

  • National Film Award Best Actor Award-Also for debut
  • CG Digital Award For Best Actor-Also for debut
  • NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor-Also for debut
  • Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor-Also for debut
  • Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor-Also for debut
  • He is also known as Rajesh Dai.

Honours and recognizations

  • 1998-Nepali Magines Awards for Best Actor Forever in Nepali cinema
  • 1998-Honoured by Government of Nepal for his contribution in Nepali cinema
  • 1999-Honoured by Ceremonial Head of Nepal
  • 1999-Honoured by Public Service Commission
  • 2000-Honoured by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
  • 2003-Honoured by Armed Police Force
  • 2004-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
  • 2005-Honoured by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities
  • 2006-Honoured by Nepal Bank limited Awards
  • 2006-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
  • 2006-Honoured by Rastriya Nagarik Sworna Samman (National citizen golden award)
  • 2006-Honoured by Kantipur Television for the contribution in Nepali cinema
  • 2007-Honoured by Image Channel Television for contribution in Nepali cinema
  • 2007-Honoured by Non Resident Nepali Association
  • 2008-Honoured by Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Superstar Forever in Nepali movies
  • 2008-NEFTA Film Award Life Time Achievement
  • 2009-Lifetime Achievement
  • 2009-Honoured by Nepali Television for the contribution in Nepali cinema

Partial filmography

As actor

1980s-present

Films and TV Serials
YearTitleRoleAwards and nominations
1988Yug Dekhi Yug SammaAashishWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Debut Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor Debut
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor Debut
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor Debut
1990AdhikarRajiv
1991BhaujuKabir
1991DeukiRaju
1991DeutaShankarWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1992ChatyangBhanjaWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1992KachehriYespalPunjabi Film
1993KasamKaran johar
1993AparadhInspectorWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1994ChahanaBinod chaudhary
1994SadakRajeshWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
1994ParibhasaRoshanWinner — National Film Award Best Supporting Actor Award
1994PrithviPrithviWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1995Jeevan SangharshaBishal
1995SimanaJwalaWinner – National Film Award Award Best Actor Award
1996AvatarArjun
1996Agni ParichyaDilip
1996BandhanRajuWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
1996BhariyaRajesh
1996Chhori BuhariBirajWinner CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1997AllareYubraj
1997ChandalNikhilWinner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
1997Jun TaraArjunWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
1997ShankarShankarWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
1998ChorChor KrishnaWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
1998GaunleKancha
1998Mr Ram KrishneMr Ram krishnaWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award In Comic Role
1998Pardesi KanchaKancha
1998Rana BhoomiYubrajWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1999ChandaniArjunWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
1999DharmaputraDhiren
1999Ek Number Ko PakhePakhe
1999JindaganiArogya
1999KanchaKanchaWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1999Mato BolchaArjunWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
1999Nagad NarayanNagad
2000BasantiGagan SinghWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
2000Dhuk DhukiBibekWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
2000UpkaarArjun
2001AashirbadShiva
2001Nepal Pyaro ChhaShivaWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
2001Siudo Ko SindoorTej bahadur
2001Maya Ko SainoArjun
2002SanyasArjun
2002Sahid GateSamratWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
2002KhandanVijaya
2002Dhan sampatiVijayWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
2003Je Bho Ramrai BhoRaja
2003Jetho KanchaArjunMaji dai
2004Hami tin bhaiVijay
2005Man MandirShiva
2005Maya NamaraHari prasad
2006AlpaviramRaja
2006GurudhakshinaProfessor Pitamber
2006KarmaRajesh HamalCameo
2007YuddhaRamWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
2008BatuliVijay
2008The Yug Dekhi Yug SammaInspector ArjunWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
2009BishNarayan
2009Jay Shiva ShankarshankarWinner — National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
2009JungbaazBikky
2009NishanaJay
2009SaharaShiva
2009Raju Raja RamRajuWinner— National Film Award Best Actor Award
Winner-CG Digital Award For Best Actor
Winner-NEFTA Film Award For Best Actor
Winner-Kantipur Television Award For Best Actor
Winner-Federation of Nepali Journalists for Best Actor
2010Hath ma lagyo sunyaShankarWinner-National Film Award Best Actor Award In Comic Role
2010DeshNitesh
2010Bato Muni Ko PhoolInspectorCameo
2011Meri Bassai(TV Serial)Superstar Rajesh HamalCameo
2011DharmaaInspector Arjun (Special Appearance)Winner — National Film Award Best Supporting Actor Award
2011Farki AauRajesh
2011DulhaiPrajwol
2011Maya Ko Bari maRaj
2012KawachSantosh
2012Chhabilal Kanjus ChainaChhabilalWinner — National Film Award Best Comedian Actor Award
2012Night QueenRam
2012Mayako BarimaaGanesh
2012Mero Rajesh DaiRajesh
2012PaltanRajesh
2012Maya's Baar
2014Mukhauta
2016Bagmati