WOW | Coverstory
Despite having an early start in her film career as a young teenager, Annapurna Sharma aka Anna has been very selective about her projects. Although, she has appeared in only two films, she has a large fan following and is amongst the most promising actors in the industry. Anna displays natural talent, an unbridled passion for acting and a zeal to do better every time. Stunningly gorgeous and humble, she reflects what it means to be beautiful inside out. In an interview with WOW, the 20 year old actor talks about her upcoming movie, Man from Kathmandu, nepotism and more.
5 words to describe yourself
Calm, resilient, passionate, curious, intuitive
You’re all set to roll once again with Man from Kathmandu, how do you view this new phase in your career?
I feel a great sense of accomplishment within myself and I believe that it will open doors of opportunities.
How was the experience working with the director Pema Dhondup and the cast that includes some big names such as Bollywood star Gulshan Grover, Peurto Rican actor Jose Manuel and Kollywood heavyweights like Neer Shah, Karma and Shishir Bangdel.
Working with cast and crew from all around the world gave me a different and constructive perspective towards movies. You get to know everyone’s ideas and values towards movies and it only gets better when diverse thoughts are put together to create something on set. Everyone motivated each other on set.
What can the audience expect from you from this time?
I am very proud to play the role of Namrata because she’s so strong. She faces many threats yet she continues fights for her rights. Most importantly she helps to change the mindset of her childhood sweetheart Faisal in a constructive way.
Are you growing as an actor?
Every opportunity of acting has made me aware of my abilities. I am discovering my inner interest and who I am as a person.
What kinds of roles excite you?
I really want to play in an epic drama. I want to play Cleopatra one day.
Let’s rewind a little. How was it growing up as the youngest daughter of one of the most sought after choreographers in the country, Rachana Gurung Sharma?
Due to the respectable status that my mother has earned, I have always had people know me growing up as a child from the show biz world. But I am thankful that she gave me and my sisters a normal life. I never thought of being an actor until I did Jerry. My mother never forced us into getting in the media world. She respects and supports our individual dreams.
Is there nepotism in the Nepali movie industry?
We cannot ignore the fact that this is a relevant issue and it does happen everywhere. However, I personally think that at the end of the day it’s your hard work that pays off. Also, being born into a family that has a legacy comes with its own hurdles. There will be pressure to live up to the family’s name and the standards have been set already.
When was the first time you thought you’d become an actor?
When I watched my first movie on the big screen, I knew my interests in acting and movies was only going to escalate.
Despite starting your career at a young age of 14, you have only acted in a very few movies till date, why is it so?
Acting wasn’t a dream, it was a fate which I am extremely thankful for. Besides, I don’t want to miss out on my everyday life and what comes with it.
What’s your criteria when choosing a film?
Scripts that have a deep understanding and meaning to it.
What are you looking for in your next film?
How important is social media for you as an actor?
I try to keep my social media personal as much as I can. I think social media plays the most important part in my life as an actor but only when I have something to offer from my line of work for my audience and the public. However, it’s always good to be able to interact and connect with the world and share ideas, world views and spread awareness through social media.
What is your biggest challenge as an actor?
To not be monotonous on set.
What else has been keeping you busy?
I am trying for film school aboard.
Text and Photography Coordination: Mannat Shrestha
Photographer: Pawan Joshi
Styling: Rajeep Shrestha
Wardrobe: Chuplag Studio