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Smriti Dhungana is a multimedia correspondent with Nagarik/Republica National Daily. Mostly, Dhungana covers news related to arts, culture, movie, youth, social and women. She is also a photojournalist for The Week, a supplement to Republica English daily.
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Anna Sharma: ‘The Man from Kathmandu’ is an important film of my career
Actress Anna Sharma is busy in the post production of ‘The man from Kathmandu’, scheduled for release on March 15. Via this film Sharma will be seen on screen after one and half years. She is playing the character of a social worker. In an interaction with My City, Sharma informed that the film is an important film of her career.
“In the past few years, Nepali films are more love story centered. This film is also action based, apart from the love aspect. Similarly, the film portrays the importance of Nepali culture,” said Sharma. Ten percent of the film was shot in Los Angeles. At the same time various international artists have been featured in the film. Speaking about her experience with the film Sharma said that the film was a perfect platform to learn from experienced and mature international artists and technicians.
Pema Dhondup’s directorial film is the first Nepali-Hollywood film and features prominent Nepali artists inducing Anna Sharma, Karma Shakya, Neer Shah, Shishir Bangdel, Amir Gautam, Paramita Rana along with American actor Jose Manuel, Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover, Pakistani actor Hameed Sheikh among others. Sharma shared that she was surprised to see the helping nature of famous Bollywood antagonist, Gulshan Grover. “It took me by surprise on knowing that a person who portrays the villain in the film is actually so helpful and positive in the real set,” Sharma shared. Produced by Nakim Uddin, the film is made under the banner of Tree City and is shot in various cultural sites of the country.
Sharma who entered the Nepali film fraternity with ‘Jerry’ is currently working on the scripts of two films. Though she was offered with lots of films, she could not sign all of them. She said that she was not able to fully concentrate on films because of her studies. “I was in school when I started my film journey. I was not able to perform well due to my educational commitments. However, I have now decided to do some films before joining graduation in Film Making.”
Sharma is a huge fan of Rekha Thapa and Rajesh Hamal. She considers ‘Jerry’ to be the turning point for Nepali film industry. “My first film brought a revolution in the film industry,” she claimed. “I regret on not getting a chance to work with Rekha Thapa since most of her films are female oriented. I would definitely grab the opportunity to work with her, if I luckily get one,” Sharma added.
She stated that actors have to go through tough times during the shooting and promotions of the film. They at times are misbehaved with. Use of vulgar words in public and on social media platforms are some of the common harassment that she has to go through in her normal life. “I don’t feel ample change in the vision to see women in Nepali society. Just because I am an actress people use vulgar words in public places while I am walking. Similarly, I received lots of vulgar texts.” Sharma is active in social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. “I love to interact with the people on social media and most of them ask me to continue my film journey which makes me feel good,” she added.
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