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GIRL ON THE GO PARAMITA RL RANA
The glamour industry is a demanding one; it takes more than looks and talent alone to survive and make a mark. Hallmarks of successful people in the industry are passion, dedication, ambition, perseverance and drive; Paramita RL Rana has it all.
She started her career at 17 years of age and is today among the few favourite artists of the nation. Paramita is soon to debut in a Telugu film sharing the screen with Telugu superstar Gopi Chand.
In conversation with WOW, the young star opens up about her journey, aspirations and her thoughts on love.
Your journey in one word
A model, musician or an actor: Which role best defines you?
I can never ever imagine myself in a 9 to 5 job, that’s just not for me. I started off as a model, then as an actor and now a singer; I’d simply introduce myself as an artist. People know Paramita Rana not only as a model, actor or a singer; they know me by all my professions. It is essential for me to get involved in all the three fields because they define and complete me as a person. I love arts and I am ready to contribute all of my talent to it.
When did you first venture into modelling?
As a child, I was fascinated with my grandmother’s vintage shades, handbags, jewelleries and I used to do my own mini photo shoot wearing these. I grew up watching the most stylish and fashionable ladies in my family who have a classy sense of fashion; I am lucky to be groomed by them. Also, my mother being one of Nepal’s first supermodels sparked my interest to pursue a career in modelling. I never had any problems while auditioning or being out in public. I’ve always been confident and knew what to do or say. In 2011, I walked the ramp for the first time at Kathmandu Fashion Parade. After this I got a lot of offers to walk the ramp and I was also featured on various magazine covers.
When did you get your first big break as a model?
In Nepal, it’s Nepal Fashion Week 2013 and the Coca-Cola advertisement. Internationally, it would be Asia Model Festival where I strutted the runway for top notch Asian designers like Mao Geping from China, Fiziwoo from Malaysia, Nivedita Saboo Couture from India and Zukhra from Uzbekistan. Also, my Sri Lankan advertisement for Cricket World Cup 2019 gave me a lot of mileage.
What about acting and singing?
Since school I did a lot of musical plays like Hip-hop Copellia, Muna Madan, Hamlet, Piped Piper of Hamlin among others. In 2015, I got my first movie offer, and I said yes in a heartbeat. As for singing, I did a couple of cover songs in Youtube but only recently released my debut original, Queen.
You’ve completed eight years in the industry, how do you review it?
I’ve had my ups and downs but I knew what I was getting into so I had already prepared myself mentally and emotionally. I always listen to my heart and nothing else. There were a lot of dirty politics involved, a lot of people telling me I wasn’t good enough but I just smiled, ignored it and moved forward. People will do anything to bring you down when they feel like you’re a threat to them. I’ve realised one needs to build a thick skin to survive in this industry.
On the bright side, I got to travel a lot and work with some great professionals and big names from the Asian fashion industry.
Have you changed as a person in these eight years?
The person I was eight years ago and the person I am today are totally different people. I feel like I’ve changed and am still changing for the better. Thanks to my best teacher – my life experiences – which have taught me a lot.
How do you think you have made your mark?
My heart swells with pride when youngsters write to me saying that I’m their inspiration and role model. Some of my fans even come hug me and cry; I just hug them tightly back. I think the way I handle life with such positivity inspires them the most. No matter what life throws at me I’ve always been a strong headed girl. Also, I feel I am admired for the my passion and dedication I put into my work.
What truths have you unravelled along the way?
You cannot always please everyone
When I was a teenager I thought being liked by everyone was the best thing ever. I used to seek validation till I realised how wrong I was. The right people will like you for you and stick by your side no matter what. It’s not your job to worry about the ones who don’t like you.
Forgive and forget Currently I am at peace with myself. I’ve learned to forgive people who have done wrong to me. Now I sleep in peace because I don’t have hate harboured in my heart.
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Kindness cost nothing but can mean everything to someone.
How do you stay so secure in a competitive industry?
I know where I stand and I see no one as my competition but myself. Each moment I am trying to be better than who I was. I also have mastered the art of being consistent which is very important in this industry.
Who are the people who have stuck with you throughout your journey?
My grandmother, Sheila Pushpa Rana and my mother, Rhea Rana. Also my friends who are like family: Piroo Rana and Aakriti Rana.
What’s the real Paramita like?
Humorous, energetic and kind.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?
Nothing but I wish I could deal with difficult people more properly and say NO more often.
What keeps you sailing in a crisis?
My dreams and ambition in life. I won’t give up till I achieve my goals.
A song that best defines you…
My song, Queen.
What was the inspiration behind it?
Musician that you would love to collaborate with…
Some of your current favourites from the industry?
Bartika Rai, Sajjan Raj Vaidya, Sushant KC, Shuvum Shrestha and Phosphenes.
You have been in the news for a Telugu movie, how did it happen?
When I heard the news that film makers from South were in the city looking for a fresh face with good acting skills I simply went for the audition and got the role.
Being a Nepali, how challenging is it to play a Telagu character?
It is very challenging but I am going to nail this and make our country proud!
Failure in love or career: which is harder to deal with?
I’ve always been a career oriented individual. I’ve had heart breaks but when something in work doesn’t turn out as planned, that hurts even more. I have learned a lot from my failures.
As one of the most active celebrities on social media, what is it really like to be an influencer?
I love it! My social media is like my modern day journal. It’s a direct medium to connect with my well-wishers and fans. Also, I get to make people aware about some amazing brands.
How do you deal with negativity in social media?
I’ve always been prepared that everyone who is going to watch you is not going to like you. I just follow the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’.
Are you satisfied with the way you journey is unfolding?
Yes. There’s still a very long way to go for me and this is just the beginning. I am very determined to achieve my Hollywood dream and deep down I know that I will get there.
How old were you when you first fell in love?
17 years old
What is the way to a man’s heart?
Just be yourself don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.
How can a man win your heart?
I am very hard to please! But if someone goes out of their way to impress me then I’ll consider if he deserves a date (or maybe not), depends on my mood.
How have you dealt with heartbreak?
Forgive and forget and focus on my bright future. I never really let these distractions affect my career.
What is your idea of romance?
It keeps changing, nothing turns me on more than good manners in an extravagant personality.
Have you ever been in a love triangle?
Yes. So dramatic, I can make a movie out of it (laughs). Too much heart break and drama but I walked out of it gracefully.
Are you looking for love?
Not at the moment. Just focusing on myself and my career.
Would you consider marrying an actor?
No. If I ever get married I want to settle down with a normal person. I think marrying an actor will not work out for me and I won’t be at peace and happy.
GET TO KNOW PAM
What is the cutest thing about you?
Three unknown facts about you..
I cook well, I do abstract painting and I am very funny and goofy.
When did you last laugh till you cried?
Almost everyday I love to make people laugh. And the best part is I laugh with them.
Which is your most treasured possession?
My grandmother’s emerald and diamond earrings which is more than a hundred years old.
Which is the best place to be?
Honestly saying after a long tiring day I long for my bed (the world’s most comfiest bed).
Which item of clothing has shaped your identity?
Vintage fashion. I’m really inspired by Audrey Hepburn
What is your view on same-gender relationship?
I support the LGBTIQ community with all my heart and soul. At the end of the day, love is love.
Art Director/Production Manager/Text: Mannat Shrestha (In-House)
Photos: Pawan Joshi
MUA: Shradha Maskey
Styling: Anushka Shrestha (In- House)
Wardrobe: Chuplag Studio, Instagram: chuplag_studio
Accessories: ANX Studios, Shop no 415, Civil Mall, Sundhara
Location: Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
The contemporary hotel offers modern design, 5-star service and deluxe amenities. It flaunts well-appointed rooms and suites wmany with views of the Himalayan Mountain range. The hotel offers International cuisine at Thamel Kitchen and Asian cuisine at Edamame. Whereas the hotel’s Raksi Music Bar has a wide range of delicious food and beverages overlooking our waterfall terrace.