Popular Nepali actor Shree Krishna Shrestha, who starred in successful movies such as Gorkhali, Afno Manchhe, and Kaha Bhetiyela, passed away while undergoing treatment at New Delhi on Sunday morning. He was 47.Shrestha, who had married actress Sweta Khadka just a month ago, was undergoing treatment at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for pneumonia. He was declared dead at around 5 in the morning. Shrestha had long been suffering from diabetes and intestine related disorder, for which he had also undergone a surgery.

Shrestha made his debut in the Nepali film industry with the movie ‘Bhumari’ 25 years ago and starred in many successful movies. Popular for his dance moves and acting skills, he was also the assistant dance director at the National Academy.

Minister for Information and Communications, and government spokesperson, Minendra Rijal paid a heartfelt condolence to the actor, describing his demise as an irreparable loss to the Nepali film sector.

Distinguished film actor and lyricist Neer Shah, who directed Shrestha in Rajamati (which was based on a 200-year old ballad widely popular in Newar community), remembered him as a “very friendly and dedicated actor”.

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