Loonibha Tuladhar started acting at a very young age. Initially a student at Arohan Grukul, she has also worked with Actors Studio and has done plays for Naga Theatre, Hotel Vajra and Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali. She later went on to study the art at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. She is also a popular face on Television and is widely known for shows like Pothi Basyo and Pawankali, a comedy talk-show she conceptualised. A woman of many faces, Loonibha is also active in documentary filmmaking and her works have been screened at various events including the Indigenous Film Festival. We talked to the talented actress and media personality about her career and other interests. Excerpts:
What are you working on these days?
I’m working on a play titled In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney. It is directed by Deborah Merola. We’re performing from September 5 to 14 at the Theatre Village, Lazimpat. After Dashain, I have plans on directing a play, but I’m yet to decide on the play itself.
Whom do you look up to as a source of inspiration?
There is no particular source of inspiration for me. Everyone inspires me because everyone is special in their own ways and has their own special characters and abilities to do things. The moment I walk out of the house and start meeting people, I feel inspired. I feel inspired by their individuality.
How do you spend your leisure hours?
I dance and I organise my wardrobe. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like to watch movies and plays.
What kind of movies do you like to watch?
I can watch anything. Some make me happy. But some also manage to make me cry. And some movies make me feel like I should go and make the filmmaker cry for making a horrible movie. But my favourite genre is comedy because it provides release and relief to both the audience and the actors. Matthew McConaughey has to be my favourite actor. His character in Dallas Buyers Club blew me away.
Are you a foodie? What would be your last meal on earth?
Don’t even ask about it. I am a foodaholic and I love cooking. I mostly experiment, but I’m particularly good with Indian and Newari dishes. Ravioli filled with spinach and pistachios, made in rich, creamy white sauce with loads of cheese from La Dolce Vita would be something I could eat anytime.
Do you enjoy travelling?
If I had to do nothing else, then I would just travel and travel some more. Sometimes I feel like I should take up a side job as a tour guide, just so that I would get to travel. I’ve traveled much of Nepal—covering most of the districts in the far-west, and all the way to Panchthar in the East. But I am yet to see most of the mountainous districts. I would love to see my entire country. Outside of Nepal, India is a great place to travel for me– for the level of comfort I feel as someone who also studied there. And someday, I’d love to see Greece and Italy.
Are you a tech-savvy person? Do you obsess over gadgets?
No not at all. Gadgets freak me out because I am not very lucky with them. I keep having mishaps like electric shocks. I lose gadgets or tend to end up damaging them. I also feel that gadgets detach us from people around us. People go on dates and you’ll see couples Facebooking and texting each other, even though they are sitting right across each other.
What is your worst nightmare? Is there anything you are really scared of?
My biggest nightmare is forgetting my lines during a performance.
I am also really scared of people because they can be so evil at times. I think people are scarier than ghosts.
Is there anything you’d want to change about yourself?
I am too straight forward and people feel that I am rude. I wish I could be a little diplomatic and could be more polite, just the way the society would love me to be (laughs).
If not in this profession, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be in the army or the police. I’m awed by the thought of being useful to the society.
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