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B.S. Thapa

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B.S. Thapa
Borncirca 1923 AD
💀Died9 August 2016(2016-08-09) (aged 92–93)
Mumbai, India9 August 2016(2016-08-09) (aged 92–93)
🏳️ NationalityNepalese
Other namesBhimsen Thapa
💼 Occupation
Director, Actor, writer, Film Producer
📆 Years active  1957–1996
Known forMaitighar (1966)
Himalay Se Ooncha (1975)
Kanchhi (1984)
Maya Preeti (1989)
👴 👵 Parents
  • Narayan Singh Thapa (father)
  • Laxmi Thapa (mother)
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Bhimsen Thapa (c.1923 AD - 9 August 2016)[1], popularly known as, B.S. Thapa (Nepali: बि.एस. थापा) was a Nepalese director, actor, writer and film producer who directed both Bollywood and Nepalese movies.

He is popularly known for his works as director in Maitighar (1966), Himalay Se Ooncha (1975), Kanchhi (1984) and Maya Preeti (1989). Maitighar was the first Nepalese movie to be produced by private sector. He also acted as minor characters in Kinare Kinare (1963), Maitighar (1966) and Zindagi Ek Juaa (1992). He shared screenwriting with Aghajani Kashmiri in Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963). His first and only production was the Nepalese movie Maya Preeti (1989).

Family and personal life[edit]

B.S. Thapa was born circa 1923 as Bhimsen Thapa to father Narayan Singh Thapa and mother Laxmi Thapa. His father was a Gurkha soldier in British India. He completed his intermediate studies in Nepal and went to Lucknow for further studies.[1] He first married Sarswati Thapa who later died and secondly married a choreography named Pratima. He has 3 sons - Arun, Anil and Akhil as well as 2 daughters - Reshma and Simran. His granddaughter Deena through his daughter Simran acted as Titli in Bollywood comedy Apna Sapna Money Money (2006).[2]

Film career[edit]

B.S. Thapa got his first acting break in the Bollywood movie Arpan (1957).[2] He then acted as Thakur Manohar in the Chetan Anand directed Kinare Kinare (1963).[2][3][4] He did a collaboration writing with the main screenwriter Aghajani Kashmeri in Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963)[2] which was loosely based on the adultery and murder case of K.M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra.[5] He got his directorial debut in the Nepalese movie Maitighar (1966)[2], which was also the second movie of Nepal and the first Nepalese movie produced by private sector.[6][1] The movie was produced under the private banner of Sumonanjali Films.[6] The movie featured Mala Sinha in the lead role and was appeared by actors Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Nath and director Thapa himself in minor roles.[2] The movie was a huge success in Nepal which led to the renaming of the original filmspot by the name of the movie Maitighar.[7][1]

Thapa worked as a second unit director under the debut production of Sunil Dutt in Reshma Aur Shera (1971).[2] He went on to direct Sunil Dutt starrer religious Punjabi movie Man Jeete Jag Jeet (1973).[2][8] His major directorial break in Bollywood was again the Sunil Dutt starrer Bollywood action film Himalay Se Ooncha (1975).[2][9][3][4] He then went on to direct the multistarrer Bollywood movie Charandas (1977).[2][3][4] He also directed another Hindi movie Gangadham (1980).[3][4] His final directorial venture in Bollywood was the Raj Babbar starrer drama movie Lakshmi (1982).[2][3][4] He continued his success in Nepal when he directed Shiva Shrestha starrer Nepalese movie Kanchhi (1984) which was a major hit in Nepal. He also acted in the movie and wrote the story and script of the movie.[10] His last movie as a director was the Nepalese movie Maya Preeti (1989) which was his first and only production.[1][2][11] He then worked as second unit director in his late career in Zindagi Ek Juaa (1992) and Bal Bramhachari (1996). He also acted as a minor character in the movie Zindagi Ek Juaa (1992).[2]


He died at early morning on 9th August 2016 aged 93 years old in Mumbai. During his last days, he was living in his private residence in Mumbai.[1]


The list of movies where B.S. Thapa was involved:[2][1][3][4][12]

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Year Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Notes Ref.
Arpan 1957 Yes
Kinare Kinare 1963 Yes as Thakur Manohar (uncredited)
Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke 1963 Yes Collaboration writing with the main screenwriter Aghajani Kashmeri.[2]
Maitighar 1966 Yes Yes First Nepalese film produced under private banner.
Reshma Aur Shera 1971 Second Unit Director under Sunil Dutt.
Man Jeete Jag Jeet 1973 Yes Religious Punjabi movie.
Himalay Se Ooncha 1975 Yes Directorial debut in Bollywood
Charandas 1977 Yes
Gangadham 1980 Yes [4][3]
Lakshmi 1982 Yes
Kanchhi 1984 Yes Yes
Maya Preeti 1989 Yes Yes Debut Production. [11]
Zindagi Ek Juaa 1992 Yes Second Unit Director
Bal Bramhachari 1996 Second Unit Director


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "RIP BS Thapa, Maitighar and Kanchhi director dies – Nepali Movies, films". 9 August 2016.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 "B.S. Thapa". IMDb.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Hungama, Bollywood. "B S Thapa Movies List | B S Thapa Upcoming Movies - Bollywood Hungama".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "B. S. Thapa Complete Movies List from 1982 to 1963".
  5. "Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963)". The Hindu. 2010-08-12. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Home | Film Development Board".
  7. "Nepali Film – Maitighar (1966)". Films of Nepal. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  8. "Man Jeete Jag Jeet".
  9. "Himalay Se Ooncha (1975) - Movie".
  10. "Nepali Movie – Kanchhi (Shiva Shrestha) – Nepali Movies, films". 11 November 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Nepali Film – Maya Priti (1989)". September 28, 2012.
  12. "B.s. Thapa: Movies, Photos, Videos, News, Biography & Birthday | eTimes".

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