August 1, 2016 11:33 AM NPT
Photo Courtesy: Binod Pokharel
KATHMANDU, July 31: We mostly see Keki Adhikari gracing the spotlight in her cocktail dresses and gala gowns. But on Saturday, the ‘How Funny’ actress was seen donning a graduation cap and gown.
She was seated among a crowd of expectant students at a convocation ceremony in Hotel Yak and Yeti. As her name was called, she went up to the podium and received her certificate of degree from Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun.
She may have relived this particular scene many times in ceremonies where she was recognized for her films but this was unlike any other events. “As a full time working female actor and supporting my family with finances, it quite looks like an impossible accomplishment to stand here today in this podium,” Keki said in her graduation speech.
Keki has graduated from Presidential College with an MBA in Human Resource Management.
“People question my decision on pursuing this degree. They say, “What’s the need?”, but in the past three years, I think I have expanded my knowledge. This is what education does to you. Getting a degree is secondary to that,” she said to Republica.
But Keki wants others to see her academic achievement not only as a personal feat but as a statement of women empowerment. “I am a strong advocate of women education. Girls in rural villages are still deprived from education which leads to violence against them. Education can empower them to fight for their rights,” she said.
On being asked whether she would opt for a corporate job instead of acting, she said, “Acting is my passion and I will never abandon it. But in the future I want to delve into the management aspect of filmmaking.”
Apart from acting on screen, Keki is one of the busiest models in the Nepali music video scene. She also made her debut on stage with Satya Mohan Joshi’s play ‘Charumati’ in 2014.
Keki says MBA is not the final stop. She is already thinking about getting a PhD.