Rajesh Hamal (Nepali: राजेश हमाल), born: 9 June 1964) is a Nepalese actor.He has received many awards for his acting including the National Film Awards from 1988-2014. He is often called as “Maha-Nayak” (Great Hero) for his contribution to Nepali Cinema. He is considered a dominant figure in bringing professionalism in the Nepalese movie industry.
Hamal was born in Tansen, in central Nepal. He did his schooling at Bhanubhakta Memorial School up to class 8. Then he went to Moscow, Russia with his father who was Nepalese Ambassador to Russia. Rajesh Hamal finished his M.A. in English literature from Chandigarh University.
Rajesh Hamal in his college years first modelled for Fashion Net, an Indian magazine in 1985; he walked the ramp in Kathmandu and New Delhi in 1986. He started his career as a film actor with Yug Dekhi Yug Samma in 1988, a film made by his maternal uncle. Hamal received a National Film Award for “Best Actor Debut” in 1989, for this film. Till date he has worked in over 230 Nepali and one Punjabi cinema.