Neer Shah

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Neer Shah
BornJuly 7, 1945 age (74)
Kathmandu Nepal
OccupationActor, poet, lyricist, movie director, and businessman
Parent(s)Devendra Bikram Shah
Bodh Kumari Devi [1]

Neer Bikram Shah, also known as Nir Shah, is a Nepalese movie actor, a poet, lyricist, movie director, and businessman. He is related to the Royal family of Nepal.[2]

Film career[edit]

Neer Shah is the producer or co-producer of many Nepali movies. He has also directed several Nepali movies produced by himself, including Basudev, Pachchis Basanta, Basanti, and a Nepal Bhasa movie Rajamati.[3][4] He is also a co-producer of the Oscar nominated film Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef, which was co-produced and directed by the French movie maker Eric Valli.[5] The film, also released as Caravan (in Canada) and Himalaya (in Denmark and France), was the first film from Nepal to win an Oscar nomination.[6]

Neer Shah has also played antagonistic as well as other character roles in the movies such as Prem Pinda and Balidan. He has also appeared in a few Bollywood movies as a guest artist. Shah has also penned down many Nepali and Nepal Bhasa songs. He has also done the scriptwriting for a few of his films.

In 2001, he served on the jury of Film South Asia '01, the festival of South Asian documentaries, along with Firdous Azim and Shyam Benegal.[7]

Filmography (as an actor)[edit]

Year Title Role
1985 Kusume Rumal
1995 Prem Pinda
1995 Nata Ragat Ko
2000 Dhuk Dhuki
2001 Badal Paree Arjun
2001 Siudo Ko Sindoor
2001 Jeevan Sathi
2001 Gaunthali
2001 Badal Paree
2002 Bakshis
2002 Baacha Bandhan
2003 Muna Madan
2008 Sano Sansar Police Officer
2008 Kismat


Neer Shah was first head and founder of Nepal Television (NTV), the first TV station in Nepal and is the chairman of Shangri-La TV (STV), a film production and microwave TV distribution company.[8][9] STV produced many programmes for NTV and also provided the cable television network in Kathmandu valley. Shah holds 33 per cent equity in a United Kingdom-based firm, Galaxy, which is involved in telecasting Nepalese TV channels overseas.[2] Along with Nirmal Nicholas Paul, he set up a production company called "888 Films", that produces Nepalese and Hindi films.[6] Another of his companies, National Studio, provides training in various fields of cinema production.[10] He is also one of the proprietors of the New Century Pictures Pvt.Ltd., a film production company.[11] Shah also serves on the Governing Council of College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Nepal.[12]

In 2002, he was felicitated by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in recognition of his contribution in the "promotion of Nepalese art and culture and tourism industry".[13]

He currently lives in London.

Royal affiliation[edit]

One of his two brothers, Kumar Khadga Bikram Shah, was married to one of three former King Gyanendra Shah's sisters, Princess Sharada Shah. Both his brother and sister-in-law were killed in the infamous Royal Massacre of 2001.[14] His other brother is Lalit Bikram Shah.


Neer Shah and many other Nepali actors joined the CPN terming the latter party is the most nationalist and their policies were in promoting Nepali film industry.


  • Chinnalata Geet Puraskar (2011).[15]


  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ a b "Nepalese TV channel comes to Doha". The Peninsula. 2006-10-17. Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  3. ^ "Film names: Director" (PDF). Nepal Film Producers Association. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  4. ^ "Production of Films by Decades" (PDF). Nepal Film Producers Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  5. ^ Sreelatha Menon (2003-03-03). "Oscar-nominated Caravan is running to packed houses in Kathmandu". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  6. ^ a b Sudeshna Sarkar (2004-05-16). "Manisha Koirala is now Mother India". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on March 4, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  7. ^ "Report on FSA '01". Himal Association. Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  8. ^ "Sky War Ground Reality". New Business Age, August 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-07.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Satellites and South Asia". HIMAL Magazine. 2000. Archived from the original on 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  10. ^ Ananta Wagle (September 2001). "Showbiz: Training". New Business Age, Retrieved 2007-05-07.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Film Producers List". Film Development Board of Nepal. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  12. ^ "Governing Council". College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Nepal. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  13. ^ "KC honours Nir Shah, Shrestha". The Rising Nepal. 2002-01-13. Archived from the original on August 18, 2004. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  14. ^ Raman Swamy. "Laboratory tests revealed traces of cocaine in Dipendra's bloodstream: report". NetGuru India. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  15. ^ "Kathmandu Craze". Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-09-27.

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