Nepali media is improving every year and so are opportunities with that. People now see future in Nepali media field and are actually pursuing their passion. There are now many platforms for people to showcase their talents in country these days. There are singing shows ,dance shows, acting shows and so on from where you can head start your career.


Despite having so many shows ,people always complain that shows don’t meet the minimum standard and create no big impact on lives of the contestants afterwards.

 Also since our audiences already love Bolly wood, Nepali shows and the industry itself struggles to make place in audiences heart . Our audience love bollywood and its shows. This makes it often very hard for Nepali shows to sustain . But Nepali industry now has improved. Nepali industry is also reaching up to the level with international shows. We have now franchise shows in Nepal. 

The shows which are already very successful and popular in other countries are now being brought to the Nepal . This has given a new height to the industry and also opened door of opportunities for all young talents in the country. Also the international shows hosted by Nepal give strong competition to all the Indian and American shows our audiences watch.

What is a  media franchise ?

A media franchise is a concept where international shows and programs is produced all over the world with local production while the content and copyright belongs to the original creator. In simple words, it is starting the same program in other country with permission and minimal supervision of the original creator. While doing a franchise show there are many standards that a local production house must meet. There are specific requirements for the stage ,the layout of the program ,the protocol and the rules. It shouldn’t deviate from the original show.

Franchise shows in Nepal

 In no particular order, I am listing the most popular and successful franchise shows produced in Nepal . These shows are also one of the most watched shows in Nepali industry.

 Idols : Nepal idol

Idols  is a reality television singing competition . The format is of British television producer Simon Fuller and developed by Fremantle. The format began in 2001 with the British television series  and its fist adaptation was Polish Idol in 2002. Now the series airs in forty six regions and around 150 countries with grand success.  The world wide audiences of the idol series is around 4 billion and has generated more than 2.5 billion dollars. You can yourself speculate the popularity of this show.Not just revenue the idol series has given some best singers to the world.

 Nepal adopted the idol series in 2020 as Nepal Idol which is also first franchise show in the country. The program was broadcasted by the only HD channel of country “ AP1 HD and became the most watched Nepali show both on TV and youtube.  

The ultimate aim of the idol series is to find the most outstanding and unsigned solo recording artist in a region. After series of audition, Panel of judges select group of finalists. The finalists then perform in the weekly live shows. On each live show, the contestants all sing and each week there is elimination of one contestant.

Elimination takes place on the basis of judgement by the panel and vote by audience. Then there is finale where a contestant with highest number of votes becomes the winner for the season. The winner receives cash prize and many contracts. Not only for the winner the idol series opens opportunities for many contestants; contracts ,international shows and much more.

 Winners of Nepal idol

 The first season completed with huge success and Buddha lama became the winner of the first season. Similarly, the second season also started in 2020 and it also created a huge buzz. We could see better pool of candidate and it was really a tough choice . But with maximum votes Ravi Oad became  the winner of Nepal idol season 2.

 The Voice : The voice of Nepal

 The voice is another international singing competition franchise originally created by John de Mol. Since then many other countries have adapted the format and begun broadcasting their own versions since 2010. It is a show similar to the Idols series.

In 2020, Nepal also started The voice series and that too completed with grand success. The voice of Nepal season 1 and Nepal idol season 2 aired together and gave good competition to each other. One thing I personally like about the Voice is that there is no role of audience vote. Only judge decide the elimination and selection.

The voice had the best judging panels of Deep Shrestha, Abhaya Subba, Sanup Poudel and Pramod Kharel. The voice had extraordinary contestants and each finalist were equally deserving. It was CD Bijaya Adhikari who won the title in the grand finale hosted in Qatar.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? : Ko banchha Crorepati ?

It is an international television game show . This show has changed many peoples life and made many people millionaire. The show was orginally created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill and Steven Knight.The show airs in may countries including India. In India ,the show is owned by Sony Pictures Television. In the game show, contestants tackle a series of multiple-choice questions to win large cash prizes reaching upto million. The program debuted in 1998 and received mostly positive reviews. With grand success in all over the country, “Who wants to be a millionare “is now in Nepal as Ko banchha Crorepati ?
The program aired in Nepal few days back and in the first episode it got quit a good response even though the contestant couldn’t do quite well. Superstar Rajesh Hamal is the host of the show and undoubtedly there could be no better host for this. KBC has just started, let’s see how much buzz it creates in Nepal and who becomes Crorepati ?