“This coming October, I will celebrate my seventeen years in Nepali silver screen,” Niruta Singh, the promising actress who started her film career from Tulsi Ghimire’s Dakshina.
With more than seven dozen films under her belt, Niruta still insists that her days as a heroine are still not over and she still has “a long journey to make.”
Niruta decided to put a pause to her film career with Ghimire’s “Desh”, almost three years ago. Often seen paired up onscreen with Kollywood heroes like Dilip Rayamajhi, Shree Krishna Shrestha, Uttam Pradhan, Sushil Chettri and Dhiren Shakya, she is coming back to Nepali film with director Rakshya Singh’s “The Game”.
In a tête-à-tête with Republica´s Avash Karmacharya Tuesday afternoon, the Darpan Chhaya star shared her ins and outs with Nepali film fraternity, talked about her decision to take a break and also about her meeting with the Bollywood’s celebrities during her stay in Mumbai.
Before taking a break from Nepali films two years ago, you told many that you were going to India to earn a certificate in interior designing. So you’re a professional interior designer now?
I wish I could do what I really wanted to. Yes, my plan was to earn a degree in interior designing. I even stayed in Mumbai for more than a year. But because my uncle passed away, I had to spend rest of time with my family members and had to support them as it was a difficult moment for all of us. That’s why I gave up my will to become an interior designer.
But what made you decide to come back and again continue doing Nepali films?
Let me be honest with this one. When I decided to go to Mumbai, I thought I’d never be doing Nepali films again as I had already given enough from my side to the industry. At the airport in Nepal, as soon as I fastened my seatbelt, I was already carried away by the nostalgias I have for my country Nepal. And as soon as the airplane took off from the runway, I started crying. I was leaving the city and the country that introduced me as an actress. I realized how I could never say a final goodbye to Kathmandu and to Nepal. I had made up my mind then that I’d again come back and do Nepali films. After all, it’s only acting that I’m good at.
You lived in Mumbai for more than a year. You must have had fan following in India too?
True. Actually, I was surprised to see how Nepalis living, working and studying in India respect Nepali artistes so much. I was often greeted by Nepalis in parks, restaurants and even on streets. I was often flabbergasted by the hospitality they showered on me.
You lived in a city where the whole Bollywood resides. During your stay, you must have met some of the Bollywood heroes and heroines. Come on, get us some news.
Yes, I was fortunate enough to jam up with some Bollywood actors. All thanks to Binod dai (Binod Pradhan, the renowned cinematographer in Bollywood). He introduced me to Priyanka Chopra. She was really nice to me. I was so flattered when she said I really look like a true heroine. I also got to introduce myself to Rani Mukherjee and Manoj Bajpayi. Bajpayi is another fun person to be with. His sense of humor is really good. Besides, I went to see many shootings of Bollywood films.
Didn’t you get any offers from big Bollywood?
Oh, come on! I don’t want to be hypothetical nor am I a hypocrite and not even a showoff. I know my grounds well and I know this that I’m not fit for Bollywood films. Therefore, I never expected magic to happen overnight. But yes, I need to mention this that Bollywood is too awesome. I dropped my jaws when I saw their sets and their costumes. Man! I so envied them.
So, you’re comparing our tiny Nepali silver screen to Bollywood!
No, not at all. I know where we stand and where they are. It would be foolish to compare. At the same time, I also have to accept that they are so rich technically. They have the finest cameras for shooting; their sets are classic, the props, the clothes, the makeup kits and what not. I believe they’re at crores while we’re at some thousands or some lakhs, to maximum. But what surprises me the most is we’re still not giving it up despite having very less to do anything creative.
Are you trying to say we don’t have investors enough to spend handsomely for a good movie?
It’s not that we don’t have investors. We don’t have the market, meaning we don’t have viewers. There are people who are ready to invest Rs 50,000,000 for a film. They’re ready to bring the most sophisticated equipments. But when not even a half of the amount comes back to the one who chips in, why would people risk their hard earned money. In India, producers know exactly how they can get their money back because for God’s sake India is country of over a billion in population. We should rather concentrate more on scripts and screenplay, which are the backbone for films.
You’re making a comeback after quite some time. Isn’t it difficult working with the newcomers?
No, I’m rather learning a lot of things from them. If I have competition from anyone, it’s only me. Nevertheless, I do miss my contemporary actors like Dilip Rayamajhi, Uttam Pradhan, Bipana Thapa, Shree Krishna Shrestha, and Sushil Chettri.
Lastly, don’t you think it’s high time for you to think about not being single anymore?
Are you trying to say that I’ve grown old? Please, I’m still in my teens. Besides, age is nothing but just numbers. Maybe marriage is still not on my cards. And I’m not in a rush because I get married in almost every film I do.
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