The Faces of Pahunch

Season 1 Contestants

Sophie Sunuwar, 30, is a celebrated makeup artist from Ramechap. Currently based in Kathmandu, she has been working in her field for over 8 years. She is the first transgender makeup artist in Nepal.

“I really want to work with the police. As a transgender, I’ve always been wary of them, so it’s time to bridge that gap.”

Maya Shyangtan, 26, comes from Makwanpur. She is a basketball player at the national level and works as a coach in two schools in Kathmandu.

“How we use our interpersonal intelligence will be crucial.”

Akwar Ansari, 29, is a youth activist from Mahottari. Working with two local NGOs, he mentors local young people.

“I come from a Muslim community, and this is a huge opportunity for me.”

Shanta Nepali, 29, originally from Dharan, is a two-time recipient of the Best Tourism Journalist of the Year Award, a former host of travel shows, and former Miss Purvanchal.

“There is something about police work that has always intrigued me. I have always wanted to be involved in this work.”

Sita Bhandari, 28, is a taekwondo master who represented Nepal in the South Asian Games and a burn survivor.

“I have been selected in Pahunch from a lot of candidates, and I’m really happy.”

Gyan Bahadur Lama, 51, from Kavre, is a former Maoist. Today, he’s a social worker and entrepreneur who became a role model in his community.

“Through my talent and skills, I will showcase my capabilities on the show.”

Parbina Dahit, 18, from Gulariya, is a student who aspires to become a media personality. She loves to dance and act. Right now, she’s busy with her 12th grade exams.

“I’ve always been interested in television, so this could be a good stepping stone.”

Ajit Kumar Karna, 35, comes from Janakpur. He’s a farmer who specializes in dairy products.

“I’m sure it’ll be fun. We’ll also get an up-close view of how the police works.”

The Host

Reecha Sharma is an actress, model, and VJ. She was one of the ten semifinalists of Miss Nepal 2007 and gained popularity for her acting in music videos. She made her debut in the film First Love (2010). Movies like Highway (2011), Loot (2012), and Uma (2013) marked a turning point in her acting career. She also acted in the critically acclaimed 2014 film Talakjung vs. Tulke.

Reecha’s association with Search for Common Ground began in 2011, when she played the lead role of a football coach in Hamro Team, a 13-episode TV series produced locally by AB Pictures and directed by Bhushan Dahal.

The Director

Tsering Rhitar Sherpa has been working as a director since 1997. His debut film The Spirit Doesn’t Come Anymore, a documentary on an old Tibetan shaman, earned him the Best Film Award in the festival Film South Asia and Best Indigenous Filmmaker of the Year at the Parnu Anthropological Film Festival in Estonia. In 2000, he made his first feature film, Mukundo, a co-production by Mila Productions and NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation). Mukundo received wide critical acclaim and was Nepal’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2000 Academy Awards. Since then, Tsering Rhitar produced many successful films that went on to win awards in Nepal and at international film festivals.
In 2013, Tsering Rhitar directed Singha Durbar, a 13-episode television series about the first fictional Prime Minister of Nepal, produced by Search for Common Ground and Mila Productions.