Bhutan film di­rec­tor Tsh­er­ing Wangyel dies at 43

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

One of Bhutan’s lead­ing film direc­tors, Tsh­er­ing Wangyel, has died in hos­pi­tal at the age of 43.

The Bhutan Film As­so­ci­a­tion said Tsh­er­ing Wangyel had been shoot­ing his lat­est movie when he was taken to hos­pi­tal last month with pneu­mo­nia.

It called his death a great shock and a huge loss.

Tsh­er­ing Wangyel made 40 films blend­ing Bol- ly­wood with Bud­dhist themes and played a key role in de­vel­op­ing the na­tion’s movie in­dus­try.

Yeshi Dorji, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Bhutan Film As­so­ci­a­tion, told the Agence France-Presse news agency: “Most of our pop­u­lar ac­tors and ac­tresses got their break be­cause of him - ev­ery year he would make at least a couple of films, cre­at­ing so many jobs in the process.”

Tsh­er­ing Wangyel re­leased his first film in 1999, writ­ing the screen­play and over­see­ing cam­eras, sound and light­ing. Friends helped with the bud­get and starred in the movie, Rawa.

Tsh­er­ing Wangyel also trans­ported screens and pro­jec­tors from vil­lage to vil­lage around the moun­tain­ous Hi­malayan king­dom to bring films to the peo­ple.

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