SAINO, released twenty-five years ago is still considered a landmark in Nepali films, the first film of filmmaker Ugyen Chopel. While still in college in Mumbai, Mr. Chopel had the opportunity to work with and assist noted Bollywood filmmakers of the time like Bapu and Mukul Anand. Mr Chopel went on to release TRISHNA, NEPALI BABU and BADAL PAREE in Nepal and also directed ‘Bondhu’ a Bengali film. His work in these films earned him a slew of awards and recognition over the years.

Mr. Chopel’s films have always been considered progressive, with a strong sense of lighting and visual flare. They are also known for their very successful music. He personally believes that the background score of his films are "critical to taking a scene to a different level”.

His foray into the growing television Industry in the 90's in India resulted in the
highly successful TV serial ‘AJNABI’ for which he was nominated for Best Director in the TV and Video world award. ‘AJNABI’ starred his uncle Danny Denzongpa, Parikshit Sahani, Annu Kapoor, Farida Jalal, Archana Puran Singh among others. The serial remained at the top of the TRP ratings and had a run for over four and a half years. In spite of the success he says "I was very stressed and unhappy doing television. After some time it was like going to office and the weekly deadlines were killing me. I just ran away to Sikkim". His last released Bollywood film was "DIL JO BHI KAHAY" which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Revathi, Bhomika Chawla and a host of British actors. He was the Associate Director in the film. There after he says he took a Sabbatical from films to make a resort of his dreams in the Himalayas not realizing it would take four years and a lot of effort. He adds" The fun of making my dream resort is over, I am once again ready to wear my directors hat and run behind the Camera.”

FILMOGRAPHY
1 Assistant Director to Mukul Anand for film Aitbar.  Assistant Director to Bapu for film Diljala
2 First job – Tourism documentary “Pilgrimage to Gods  Land” 1985.
3 First feature film in Nepali – Saino 1987
4 Documentaries from 1987 to 1997
  a) Glimpses of Sikkim
b) Power for changing times
c) Sikkim
d) Adventure unlimited
e) Enchanting voice of Sikkim
f) Naya Bihanee documentary feature in 1989
5 Trishna - Nepali feature film in 1991
6 Bondhu – Bengali feature film 1992
7 Ajnabi – T.V. Serial 1993- 1994
8 6 stories of T.V. cultural magazine Surabhi 1994 – 1998
9 Nepali Babu – Nepali feature film 1999
10 Badal Paree – Nepali feature film 2001
11 V.C. Shab – documentary film on life of V.C. Ganju  Lama
12 Dil Jo Bhi Kahay – Associate Director in Hindi Feature Film - 2005

 

AWARDS
1 Nepal Film Awards 1992 Best  Film & Best Screen Play for Trishna
2 Nominated for Best Director for T.V. serial Ajnabi in T.V. & Video world award 1994, Mumbai, India
3 Nepal National Award for Best Director & Best Screen Play for Trishna      1998
4 Sikkim Saman Samelan Award in 2005 State award for excellence in field of work
5 Sarjak Samman 2009 by the Nepal Film Directors Guild, for contribution and upliftment of Nepali Cinema
6 The Indus Entrepreneur Achievement Award 2009, Global Organization NGO's for the promotion of Private enterprise in the world.
7 Ghorkha Gaurav Award 2010 for contribution in the field of Propagation of Art & Culture in Nepali speaking diaspora in India by Bhartiya Ghorkha Prisangh