Keki Adhikari with Open Remarks

Keki Adhikari—one of the finest actresses in Nepali film fraternity—has just reached to the hearts of her followers with no-so-lead character with ‘Nai Nabhannula 5’ that hit the silver screens on August 24. At this point of time, Lisa Shrestha caught the go-with-the-flow beauty and hooked her up in a short chitchat.


By Lisa Shrestha
Photos by Bibek Puri

Keki Adhikari, who debuted in Nepali film industry with 2011 musical family drama ‘Swor’, is a passionate Nepali actor who dropped her pursuit of MBBS halfway and diverted her focus towards acting. Today, the 29-year-old actor has triumphed not only as an actor but also as a producer. Her production debut ‘Kohalpur Express’ that was released on April 2018 had gathered positive reviews from the critics. As she—in her nine-year-long journey in acting—has remained happy to be sailing on the boat of Nepali film industry, we’re happy to hear and publish her open remarks to our questions.

Behind the screens

 Childhood fond memories
One day, I was rushed to the hospital when I accidentally inserted three beans into my ears and nose.

When did the acting bug bite you?
I had worked in a commercial, and it was released in 2009. Since then, the bug bit me.

If not an actress, then what?
I would probably have become a doctor. I was doing my MBBS preparation before all this. I dropped pursuing medial studies.

 Weren’t your family members angry with you?
No, they were not very angry. I was able to convince them.

 Do you have a boyfriend?
I don’t prefer answering personal questions.

What do you want to achieve in life?
Happiness. It is the ultimate goal for everyone.

 What are you doing to achieve this dream?
Every single thing I am attaining now takes me towards the dream, one step at a time.

 Something you have not achieved till today which you have always wished to.
Inner peace. Maybe it is what everyone wishes for.

“I realised that acting was what made me happy, not medicine. The episode for me to weigh down one that I was passionate about among the two of them was the most difficult part. After realising what it was, I dropped out of medical studies.” —Keki Adhikari

Keki Adhikari
Keki Adhikari

For the screens

Are you satisfied with Kohalpur Express as the final product?
Efficiency is never 100 percent, but yes, in a way, I am satisfied. There were many things that didn’t go as expected, and it is always a part of the process – you need to adjust and stay focused on finishing the work in the best possible way.

The most difficult and easiest job for you as a producer
To complete the project within the specified time was the most demanding task because the best people you want to hire are always the busiest ones. Besides, making an official announcement about the movie was easiest; rest was difficult.

 Your challenges as a producer
There were loads. In fact, every single step was a challenge—starting from the recruitment of the team-members until the release of the movie. I would say managing the stress was the most challenging aspect.

 Challenges after Kohalpur Express
I have a challenge for my upcoming project. I have to make my way across the extremity that was set high by Kohalpur Express. Getting my shares from the distributors of Kohalpur Express was also challenging.

 The most difficult thing for you in acting
Getting under the skin of the character, which is a complete stranger to you at first, and the acquainting process that takes you out of your comfort zone are the most difficult parts.

 The easiest thing for you in acting
Once you get a hold of the character, then everything that follows comes easy.

 One good lesson you’ve learned from Nepali film fraternity:

 The one thing that you hate the most in Nepali film fraternity

The one thing that you love the most in Nepali film fraternity
Hard work despite the low pay

 Your future plans
I don’t make concrete plans. I am more of a go-with-the-flow-person. So basically, I grab opportunities along the way.

Off the screens

Rate your memory
5 out of 10.

 Rate your cooking skills
That will have to go towards minus. I am a bad bad cook!

The most adventurous thing you did in 2017
I made a movie. I have worked in a lot of movies as an actor; I also wore the producer’s hat this time with ‘Kohalpur Express’. It was thrilling.

Any bad rumors that you’ve heard about yourself?
It was rumored that I was getting married this month.

Favorite food
Daal bhaat.

Fashion or comfort
Comfort. Always.

Your bad quality
I lack patience.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
20 approximately.

If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be?
I would be a peacock.

Beauty secrets that you swear by
Drinking lots of water.

What would you like for your next birthday?
I wish everyone to forget the date of my birthday.

Dogs or cats?

If you could get rid of one thing in Nepal, what would that be?
Traffic Jams.


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