Aspiring actor Mrinal Singh looks to make it big in Mumbai
It was 2018, Broken Wings, the movie which would go down in history as the first feature film to come out from Darjeeling in the Indian/International cinema hadn’t found its male lead ‘Endo’ yet. Director, Shenpenn Khymsar had already auditioned 300+ boys for the part of Endo and still none of the aspiring actors competing for the prestigious part could capture the essence of the character.
Around same time, Mrinal Singh was doing gigs and shoots in Darjeeling and it just so happened, the organizers of Mr and Miss Darjeeling wanted to use Mrinal’s photographs for the advertisement posters. The posters made its way to various places in and around Darjeeling and just how things fall into places, Shenpenn Khymsar spotted the advertisement poster somewhere in Kurseong and called Mrinal to ask him to audition for the role. He had found his Endo.
“I never thought I would be an actor. I was into creative arts but after ‘Broken Wings’ happened I decided to go for it and do it properly and seriously,” Mrinal said.
True to his words, Mrinal moved to Mumbai and is currently auditioning for films, TVC and web series.
Impressively, the budding actor has done two commercials, an international TVC and voice-acting for an Amazon Prime web series. He also walked for Darjeeling based designer, Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama (P.E.L.L.A) and OneBlueBird at Lakme Fashion Week NEXA.
He was also photographed by Ishaan Nair, one of the best celebrity fashion photographer in the country for Jio.
“There are very few Gorkha Nepali actors in the Hindi film industry, I feel proud to represent my community and I hope I make them proud,” he said.
The cast of Broken Wings also includes Sunakshi Grover, Vinay Pathak, Shubhdeep Raha, Neetu Panday, Reuben Pradhan, Nima Sherpa, Mingma Lhamo Tamang, and Bhavya Sharma.
Director Shenpenn had earlier shared that the movie will be released in OTT platforms and theatres in Gangtok, Darjeeling, Northeast and Nepal.
DAMI DAMI!! UNB releases visuals for new song
Rapper UNB premiered the music video of his highly anticipated song ‘Dami Dami’ in an event held at Infinity Futsal Arena in Daragaon on Saturday. The video features some of the best dancers Sikkim has produced including the late Premkit Lepcha. Applying vital jolts of energy in the video, Sidhika, Krishna and Tulsi also make appearances. Additionally, the MV also has cameos from models like Rubaru Mr Global India, Tseteej Shiwakoty, dance crew like BRSTP from Namchi, Sikkim Dance Crew, Paul Studio, Dynamic Flickers, Funky Hop, Funky Fresh and rappers from in and around Gangtok.
The ‘Chogyal’ hitmaker while speaking to the crowd said that the song is his version of ‘Bir Gorkhali’ by Mantra. “What I want people to remember from this video is that Sikkim has what it takes to dominate the country. We all artists are ‘Dami’ and we want the whole nation to know that.”
In the first 24 hours, the music video gained 20,000 views on YouTube. ‘Dami Dami’ is a follow up to his incredibly successful song ‘Chogyal’.
The premiere was attended by featured rappers, dancers, models and journos from different media houses. SKM functionary, Sonam Wongchuk attended the event as guest of honor. Citing names like The Notorious B.I.G, Tupac Shakur and Yama Buddha Mr Wongchuk applauded the efforts of the rapper to unite artists and make something as creative as ‘Dami Dami’.
UNB also performed songs like ‘Letter From Heaven’, ‘Hum Bhi Kya Kum Hain’ from his repertoire.
Sikkim Gurlz in your area!!!
Blackpink reference right there.
Sikkim Gurlz, a dance trio consisting of Shene, Trinkle and Ming recently made waves with their dance cover of the hit song “How You Like That” by popular K-Pop quartet Blackpink.
With a common passion for dancing, the group came together in 2020. They selected through an online audition held by Maark Pictures and are now being managed by their team.
“Coming together as a group was easy and the three of us are now very close like sisters. The past few months, we practised a lot on our expressions, timing and body language and of course the dance,” the girls said while talking to ETC..
Among the girls, Ming has represented the State and the country in Taekwondo and is currently preparing for her board exams, whereas Trinkle and Shene are in their first year of college. “We plan to do a lot more not just in Korean but in mainstream Hindi and Nepali as well,” the group said.
Sushma Productions on a roll
With Mr. Himalayan Manhunt and Indo-Nepal movie, the production house is just getting started
Sushma Production are gearing up for the main event of the year. The first edition of Mr. Himalayan Manhunt kicks off with the release of its official promo featuring models from different Himalayan parts of the country on 04th April. Organized by Sushma Production in collaboration with Sikkim Chronicle and ETC Chronicle, the event promises to highlight the best that the Himalayan region has to offer.
“We are ecstatic about the event. It is going to be so fun to see all the contestants bring their best foot forward for the competition. Most importantly we wanted to showcase the hidden faces and talents in the Himalayan region of the country,” says Gurung. The creative team behind the shoot of the promo has been teasing the entirety of the State with sneak peeks and clips from the shoot since many weeks.
Gurung through her production house has also been quite busy with helming projects and organizing contests to crop out talents and faces from different parts of the State. Most recently, the production house announced its plans to launch many Sikkimese actors in an upcoming Indo-Nepal film with stars from Nepali Film industry. The Nepali film will be directed by Director Surendra Poudyal of Anmol KC starrer KRI fame. The production house has already finalized Dichenla Thungon, Padam Tamang and Dilip Gurung in its star cast. She has confirmed that many other actors from Sikkim will also be a part of the film for which auditions were held prior to the lockdown.
Gurung is also heavily involved in promoting arts and culture in the State. She encourages local talents from singers to dancers to aspiring actors by meeting with them personally and motivating them to do better in life. She also organizes and attends various talent shows to show her support to the growing number of talents in the State.
“I have always believed that Sikkimese youths if given opportunity and platform can do wonders. I want to contribute to that and founding our own production house, one that is based in Sikkim is an opportunity I don’t want to pass. We want to find and nurture the talents in the State so they can bring glory and pride for themselves and the State.”
Last year, the production house conducted an online singing competition “Khoj” which was met with positive response from the audience. The competition aimed at bringing singing talents together, was conducted virtually due to the pandemic. The production house also features musicians and artists on its YouTube channel for better exposure and encouragement.
The production house also collaborated with Mountain Stories Entertainment in a musical short movie featuring talents, Sahil Lama, Saruk Tamrakar, Pramila Chettri and Riya Bhujel. The video currently has more than 200K views on YouTube.
Additonally, Mrs Sushma is also the president of Sushma Foundation based in Arithang. The foundation through its countless events and charity have helped the needy and underprivileged sections of the society not only during the pandemic but natural disasters and medical emergencies too. “I’ve always wanted to help people. The reason I founded Sushma Foundation is to provide aid and assistance to those in need,” she says.
Born and raised in Arithang, Gangtok, Mrs Gurung attended Paljor Namgyal Girls School. Her numerous applause worthy selfless works include providing safety kits to the taxi drivers during the pandemic in 2020, providing necessary supplies including rice, flour, oil, salt, vegetables to more than 1000 households in and around Arithang, visiting sick patients in hospitals and homes and providing them with financial support and countless more acts of kindness.
Talking about balancing various ventures and traveling and organizing charity events, Mrs Gurung says, “I never do things that I cannot handle. Balancing has never been a problem to me. Yes, it gets busy but I am sort out about what I want to do so I always stay clear about my vision.”