Friday, April 9, 2010

Druk Star paves way to silver screen

Source: Bhutan Observer

9 April 2010

It will not be long before people see some of the Druk Star contestants on the silver screen and some others’ voices heard in Bhutanese films.

Last week, Film Director Tshering Wangyel and Miss Bhutan Tshokey Tsomo Karchung, who came as guest judges at the show, made acting and singing offers to some of the contestants.

Tshering Wangyel said he saw potential in Sonam Tobgay, and if the singer agreed, he would want to make a film starring him. Tshering Dorji, Phurpa Chencho, Jampel Yangzom, Jangchuk Choden and Gyem Dorji were given an offer to sing for the music album Shh… Galuya Malap, which is part of a forthcoming film produced by Etho Metho and directed by Tshering Wangyel.

It is slated to be released in May. “It is a good opportunity for the contestants,” said Kencho Wangdi, the organiser of the singing show. While the offers came as a joy for the contestants, two of them, Tandin Bida from Wangdue and Tshering Dorji from Dagana, were eliminated from the competition. Phurpa Chencho was declared the Voice of the Week.

Jangchuk Choden received a standing ovation from Tandin Dorji, the rigsar judge, for her performance, which he described as a feat “that can be achieved by only a few singers in the country”. The competition is now left with two women and five men contestants. The contestants performed a three-day live show at the RAPA hall in Thimphu from April 5 to 7.

By Tandin Pem