Nandita KC was introduced to the silver screen when she moved to Palpa to pursue an education in nursing. But fate had other things in store for her. She caught public attention through her work in Sannani that put her under immense spotlight.
From her very first film, she started working shifts and was constantly travelling and shuttling between cities. “It wasn’t a 9 to 5 job. I had always dreamt of a life full of experiences, and films gave me that opportunity,” she recalls.
Today Nandita lives in the United States and comes across as a woman of poise and contentment. She is proud of her journey in the film industry and reflects to her childhood saying, “I always had big dreams”.
On a recent visit to Nepal, WOW’s Ankita Jain talked to the actor about why she decided to move abroad, her journey with the Nepali film industry, and her upcoming wedding.
What were you as a little girl?
I grew up in a middle class family, and I was a shy child who always dreamt big.
When did you realise you wanted to become an actor?
I moved to Palpa to pursue a career in nursing, and while there, I got a break for a movie. There was no looking back after that. I did a couple of movies and then was approached for a song titled Sannani. It was a big hit. Sannani gave me huge mileage and the recognition I was looking for. It also made me realise what my potential was.
What attracted you to the acting profession?
It fills my heart with joy. Moreover the love I got from public was gratifying.
What are you like off-screen?
I am a very positive person with high dreams. I believe in giving rather than taking. I find happiness when I see people around me happy.
You were doing pretty well in the Nepali film industry, what made you shift to the States?
I come from a middle class family. I have responsibilities. My move to New York wasn’t a choice but a decision based on my circumstances. The city offers ample opportunities. In order to live well, finances definitely play a big role. I also believe in saving and investing for the future.
Did life change living in New York?
Life has definitely changed staying in New York. It has given me more confidence. I got more time to know myself. Life isn’t as easy as I thought it would be abroad and it made me stronger by the day.
What do you miss the most about Nepal?
Everything, literally everything.
What are the changes you have observed in the Nepali film industry then and now?
Everything has changed. It’s so fascinating to see new talent and new ideas. The industry is growing. I am happy to witness the growth in the number of empowered female artistes.
Any tips on self-love that you want to share with our readers…
I believe in myself. I treat people the way I want them to treat me. I would not let anyone point at me with unnecessary gossip or get involved in any incident that would harm my dignity.
What do you think is your biggest strength?
Confidence and positivity
How do you see the position of women change in the next few years?
I see women leading the world. It makes me so proud to see women in every sector, different careers. Things have totally changed from then and now, and I can see how women will be leading the way.
How do you deal with insecurities in life?
Self confidence is essential. Also, I do not trust people easily.
What are some of the highs and lows you’ve had to face in life? Would you have done anything differently?
I wish life had consistency. There are so many obstacles that we need to face in every phase of life and that we need to tackle accordingly. I have seen both highs and lows in life. If you ask me about the highs in life, I would say- the moment when my films were a hit in Nepal. The love I would get from the audiences then is incomparable. I have always admired the smiles on people’s face when they meet me.
Regarding the lows in life, I am in a foreign land and can’t be with my loved ones when in need.
Are you a romantic? Wedding plans?
Yes I am romantic. I am planning to get married this year if everything goes well. I will definitely let our readers know about it soon.
What is 2021 looking like for you?
I am very positive about 2021. We came through a very tough year. The entire world faced the pandemic and lots of plans were put on hold. The pandemic gave me time to think about what’s next and keep moving.
Currently, I am ideating about setting up a garment factory in Nepal. It’s in the pipeline.
ONE MINUTE WITH NANDITA
Most inspiring woman in your life: My Mother
One thing that’s not good for you, but you always do: Over think
A song that’ll get you on the dance floor: Any catchy dance number
Favourite holiday destination: I wanted to explore Nepal thoroughly
A motto you live by: Stay positive and believe in yourself
Skincare routine: Drink lots of water, eat green and healthy, and only use products that suit your skin type.
Misconception people have about you: I am not shy
Best relationship advice: Believe, respect and love unconditionally
An absolute no-no: lies, smoking
Qualities you appreciate in men: Confident, motivated, respects women and is responsible.
Your biggest fear: God
What’s always in your bag: Cash, bank cards, makeup products and wet napkins.
Three must haves in your closet: Perfumes, bags and shoes
Obsession: Well manicured nails
Fitness routine: I tend to eat healthy and meditate for 15-20 minutes every day. I find an hour or more to workout no matter what.
Life is: Unpredictable. We are in this world for a period of time, make the best out of it and set an example. Love and appreciate things around you.
On the Cover : Nandita KC
Photographer: Indepth Photography
HMUA: Dinesh Rai
Avaneka beauty Salon and Spa
Jewellery: The Empress Pvt
Location: SASA: D’ Newa Restaurant
Styling & Concept: Ankita Jain