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Priyanka MV – New Star on the Rise

She is the newest diva on the block, Priyanka MV is pretty, witty and downright forward; she’s a no pretence woman. This model is soon to debut in Nepali films and with her go-getting attitude and determination she is bound for success. In this edition of WOW, the young debutant actor welcomes spring with floral patterns and bright colours. Excerpts of a conversation with Priyanka MV:

Tell us about yourself…

I am originally from Kerala, born and brought up in Nepal; my dad is Indian and mum is Nepali.  I am currently doing my MBA. I would define myself as an optimistic person with a vintage soul.

What do you consider to be your achievements in the modeling industry?

It would be television campaigns for big brands such as Wai Wai, Dish Home, Ncell and TVS. Also, it was honour to appear in the yearly Kuber Jewellery calendar.   

Who are some of the best people you have worked with in the industry?

Anjil Maskey, Suman Lama, Yubi Thapa

What was the turning point in your career?

This glamour industry brings a new turn every day; you get an opportunity to build your character in every step.  However the biggest turning point in my career would be getting my very first movie offer: Captain.

From modelling to acting, what has the transition been like?

I grew up watching Manisha Koirala and Aishwarya Rai, so getting into the movies was always on my wish list. I have become more expressive and communicative, and I have also learned to love my body.

Were you nervous when you faced the camera?

Only a little as my modeling background definitely made me feel comfortable while facing the camera.

What excited you about the script of Captain?

Captain is a film based on sports, love, patriotism, rivalry, family bonding, etc. I think we rarely see sports related movies and it will be something new to the viewers. Also, my character – Charu – is very interesting. She is a strong woman and I could relate to her in many ways. I hope I have done justice to my role.

What were the biggest challenges on the set?

Impromptu schedule, I have realised being an actor means you need to be consistently available.

What have you learnt from your first movie?

Patience. If I were to do another movie, I would choose a script that is more women-centric. I would love to see the Nepali film industry produce a biopic of an inspirational female figure.

What are your expectations from the film industry?

Respect for female workers and support for movies that celebrate different expressions of womanhood.

Do you think nepotism exists?

It does. In my case, I entered the industry without family or connections and still managed to make friends along the way. I hope this will help pave the path for the next generation of entertainers.

How was it working with Anmol KC?

He was very kind and humble to me.

Did you feel overshadowed by your co-stars at any point?

To be honest, yes on many occasions I have felt overshadowed. However, I am grateful to garner the experience of working with such established actors.

Who did you bond with the best off-screen?

I would say Surya Malla Khanal and Prashant Tamrakar.

Is there anyone in the industry whose career graph you’d like to mimic?

Manisha Koirala

You would love to share the screen with…

Aashirman DS Joshi.

Are you driven by passion or money?

I am passionate about my work but I need to keep my passion alive, hence money should be there as a backup.

What are your long-term career goals?

After completing my education I want to work in the marketing field where I can apply my experience from the glamour industry.

QUICK 5 with Priyanka

Definition of beauty
Being comfortable in your own skin

Top tip to look good on camera
Always smile with your eyes

Must have beauty products
Mascara, eyebrow pencil and lip balm

Role model
Blake Lively and Priyanka Chopra

What turns you in a man
Non-pretentious personality