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Nepalese actress pips Karisma to NRI film


Kathmandu, Jan 8 Nepalese actress Bipana Thapa has pipped Bollywood heartthrob Karisma Kapoor to a role in an English film being made by an Indian expatriate, apparently because of Bipana's cheaper rates.

Bipana Thapa, one of the leading ladies in the Nepalese film industry with nearly 30 films to her credit, will star in "Remember Me".

Director and cinematographer Antony Joy's revenge thriller with a strong dose of the supernatural is to be shot in Britain, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

"Remember Me" is about a dutiful daughter who revenges her father's death. The father, a wealthy businessman in London, is killed by his brother for his property. Bipana plays a young piano teacher who, besides avenging the murder, has to grapple with the problem of an adoring student who refuses to take no for an answer though she is already married.

The film, to be produced by Golden Sun Movies of England and JMT Production of Singapore, also casts Malaysian and Singaporean actors Richard, Robin D'Souza, Yuvan, Joe and Martin.

The 26-year-old sultry actress, said to be charging Nepalese Rs.70,000-Rs.80,000 for roles in Nepal, pipped Karisma because of her affordable fee, according to media reports.

Bipana, who doesn't enjoy the kind of high profile Karisma does outside her home country, caught the producers' eye by fluke. Officials from the companies happened to be in Nepal and saw the actress on television.

She was in the news for having been conferred a national honour by the king, the Gorkha Dakshin Bahu medal.

On the eve of leaving for London for a month-long shoot, the actress said she agreed to play the role because there were no vulgar scenes in the film.

"Also, it was a matter of pride for all Nepalese," she said.


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