Aug 15, 2015-
After bagging the title of beauty queen at 18, Supriya Tuladhar went on to build a career for herself as a popular media personality at a very young age. Loved for her vivacious and free-spirited nature on stage, Tuladhar shot to fame with her popular show Music of Your Choice on Image Channel. The Post’s Alisha Sijapati had a quick chat with Supriya Tuladhar to talk about her journey. Excerpts:
Were you always a people’s person?
I was always the fun-loving, chatterbox person in my family. I used to love socialising even as a child, and compared to my siblings, I was more of an extrovert. I have always felt that I have been a people’s favourite.
After winning Miss Newa back in 2007, why didn’t you participate in Miss Nepal like most contemporaries?
I was crowned the third Miss Newa in December 2007. Back then, there were few beauty pageants and we were bound by a year-long contract. And within two months I joined Image for a new show. I was always so busy juggling my studies and work that I actually never thought of participating in Miss Nepal. I did, however, host the Miss Nepal pageant two years in a row--I feel very fortunate to have gotten that opportunity.
What was your first show about and how did it feel?
My first show ever on a television channel was Glamour and Style. I was very young when I started my career and I think the show was the perfect start. It was an interesting show--I was fascinated with how people run a show and I was curious about what happens behind the camera. It was all fun.
How many shows do you host now?
I have two shows in my kitty now: E-Celebs and Music of Your Choice. The latter is the first of its kind in the country, and it started about 14 or 15 years ago. Getting to host the show has been one of my biggest accomplishments; I’ve always aspired to be of one those popular VJs, like Pallavi Dhakal and Asif Shah, who hosted the show with great panache. In E-Celebs, I get to know celebrities up close and personally, and present this on TV.
What was the initial challenge like?
I entered the media at a very young age. When I joined, the industry was small. There were limited television channels and very few VJs. So obviously, building a rapport with my audience was a huge challenge. I am also the first person to enter the media industry from my family. A lot of people were skeptical about my decision and many eyebrows were raised…I was still in high school then and studying in a convent school; I had to make sure that my grades would not slip. I had to prove myself and I still consider this is one of the biggest challenges I have had to face so far.
You started earning from a young age. Was that ever an issue?
It was a proud moment for me, when I started earning. That feeling of independence and not relying on your parents is amazing. Also, I think, the fact that I had started earning my own money made me responsible, too.
How did you manage to juggle education and work?
Where there is a will there is a way: I feel lucky that Image Channel has always been flexible with me. I have gotten a lot of exposure working from them. Since the day I started working, I have almost mastered the art of managing time.
Do you like being on TV more or hosting shows live?
I like hosting shows live--the reactions and the energy from the audience are always amazing. When you are on the TV, you are just talking to the camera. It’s always a struggle to captivate people, and presenting yourself is equally challenging.
The biggest show you have ever hosted…
The three biggest shows I ever hosted were Miss Nepal 2014 and 2015, Tuborg Stage’s Let’s Get Loud 2013 and Atif Aslam Live. Al of them were equally exciting. The Atif concert was the best because it took place in Rangashala and the audience was huge.
Who’s your favourite co-host?
Raymon Das Shrestha, Sanjay Gupta and Alok Thapa.
Did you ever think of becoming an RJ?
For a year I hosted a show on Image Radio in the evenings, but being in graduate school clashed with the timings, so I had to discontinue. If given a chance, however, I would love to get back on radio again.
What are you currently busy with?
I am currently busy with my master’s degree in International Relations, Image’s regular shows and freelance events. The next show I’ll be hosting is Real School of Nepal 2015, a national-level school competition that is to take place in Pokhara, Butwal, Biratnagar, Nepalganj and Dhangadi.
What are your future plans?
As of now, I just want to focus on completing my master’s degree.
Published: 16-08-2015 10:26