- Arguably one of the busiest actors in the Nepali film industry, Priyanka Karki is not one to shy away from the camera.
Feb 20, 2015-
From being a child actor, a VJ, a beauty queen, a dancer, an actor, a singer, to taking on countless other endeavours, 12-films-old Priyanka Karki has certainly had her hands full ever since she joined the entertainment industry. Excerpts.
People tend to only focus on the glamour side of the movies, but not as much on the financial struggle. What’s your take?
I’m giving my all to this fraternity. I don’t have any side businesses going on so I’m definitely trying to make the most out of it. I think it’s completely fine to make decent demands considering that you put in so much hard work and dedication into your work. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m having a smooth life and I’m doing just fine financially. The opportunities are countless. It’s how you decide to take it.
What is your definition of a good actor?
I think a good actor is someone who can relate to the character that they are playing. You can’t just wake up one day and be like “Okay, I’m going to be an actor.” It doesn’t work like that. It’s a lot of hard work. You have to be passionate enough to do this for the rest of your life.
What does it take to get to the stature of being called one of the most successful actors—like youreslf—in the Nepali movie scene?
I think you can never tell. The most important thing about being in this sector is that you build and maintain your relations with everyone and respect everyone that you work with. The biggest achievement, I believe, is if you can be a repeat actor for any banner or director.
So many youngsters look up to you as an actor. Would you suggest them to join the movie business too?
Come into this industry only if this is what their heart and soul wants. Don’t just come in thinking, “I failed SLC so I’ll become an actor.” It’s actually just as difficult as any profession. You can’t complain about anything. If it requires you to work for 36 hours staright, you have to do it. Unless every inch of you wants to be here, you don’t belong here.
You are everywhere—from ads, music videos, emceeing events to movies. How do you manage your time?
I wish I had 48 hours in a day (laughs). In Nepal, we have to juggle multiple works at the same time. We need to be everywhere to live a sustainable life. Of course, there are times when I get drained, hopelessly tired and feel there’s just too much on my plate. But, that’s just a passing phase. I quickly get back up and keep doing my thing.
A lot of actors around the world are now dabbling with their singing abilities. What made you decide that you wanted to do it too?
As a kid I had signed up to take dancing and singing courses, but left them halfway due to school pressures. So, when I was offered to sing for the title track for the movie Awaaran, I took it as an opportunity to revive my love for music.
Okay, we can understand singing for fun but what made you decide that you wanted to record a whole album? That’s some dedication!
I don’t think I’ll be releasing a musical album just yet. It’s been a rough journey, and it’s still work in progress. There are eight songs, out of which I’ve recorded two so far. After my performance in Awaran got me a lot of positive feedback, I decided to go ahead and work on my album.
So, what can Priyanki Karki fans look forward to this year?
I’ve got a lot of movie releases coming up. Mala, Sadanga, Nai Na Bhannu la 3, Fanko, How Funny, Wada No. 6. You’ll see Priyanka in different forms this year (laughs)!
The M&S Murmur
The M&S Murmur
If today was your last day you would...
go meet all my loved ones and say my final goodbyes.
You cannot go with your day without...
My ATM card.
Your definition of soul-mate is?
Someone who understands you.
If you could live a day as someone else, who would it be?
One international celebrity you want to swap your life with?
Biggest goal in life you’d like to achieve?
I’d forever want to be remembered as an actor who dedicated her entire life to the fraternity.
I think aircrafts.
Something that money can’t buy?
Career or love?
What would current Priyanka suggest to her 16 year old self?
I’m very happy with the choices I’ve made in all these years. So I would pat myself on the shoulder and say, “I’m proud of you!”
Ed Talk: People and their stories
“IIf you want to check whether or not your purpose in life is fulfilled,” they say, “check if you’re alive. If you are—then your biggest dreams are still ahead of you waiting to be realised.” Most of us will simply shrug off a statement like this calling it to be “too cheesy”, “too flossy,” “there are problems to deal with in real life.” But beneath all the noise of the “real” life, in silence when you’re just by yourself—you do hear the voice calling on you, don’t you? That there is a bigger meaning to life and living than what this practical world wants you to see.
At least these three people (mentioned below) seem to know all about it.
“Priyanka Karki is coming into her own, not only as an actor but also as a dancer and a singer. She’s blossoming into a powerhouse in the Nepali film industry and we wanted to interpret that very thing with our cover. As flowers are also a symbol of femininity, we literally see her emerging from the deep water into a flowerbed as a fully-formed individual.”
— Sanjog Rai, Cover Photographer
Published: 26-02-2015 14:48