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.”