Profile of Sunil Thapa


Sunil Thapa is an acclaimed Nepali actor who started his career as a model in Mumbai in the early 1970s. He came into prominence after a powerful negative role in the outstandingly successful Bollywood movie Ek Duje Ke Liye. During his early days, he also worked as a photojournalist at the Junior Statesman (JS) Magazine and covered many national and international events such as the Bhutan Coronation.

Although Sunil Thapa’s career was on a rise in Bollywood, having also acted in Manav Hatya, Aaj Ki Awaaz and others, he came to Nepal and married a Nepali girl and shifted his work place to Kathmandu with high hopes and aspirations to reach the stars. He did various movies during this period, but it was Chino (1989) which catapulted him to the pinnacle. This movie made him one of the most popular and famous actor among Nepali audience and is well known among his fans by the name Ratey Kaila. Over the years he has shown his acting skills in more than hundred Nepali films and has made himself a place in the heart of million of fans.His latest claim to fame has been his co-starrer with Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra in the famous movie Mary Kom produced by India’s leading film producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in which he played an extraordinary role.

He was recently awarded the Life Time Achievement Award at the FOG film festival,which is an event organized by the Indian community in USA. Mr. Thapa was one of the five recipients of the awards including Jackie Chan, Kieu Chinh, Bappi Lahari and Matin Sheen.He has also won a number of other awards, including the Motion Pictures Award in Nepal twice. And he is still actively involved in various Bollywood and Nepali movies and other projects such as this.