I remember seeing Zenisha Moktan‘s pictures on various newspapers nearly 4/5 years back. She was fuller then yet unlike many other personalities she always had a wide smile attached to her face. Fast-forward to 2010, Miss Moktan has achieved a lot. After numerous attempts at Miss Nepal, Zenisha finally succeeded and won the crown last year. The steady rise has not all provided smiles for Zenisha. There was a major setback when a sex-video was released and the rapid rumour in the city was that it belonged to Zenisha. However, in a press conference she set the record straight and told the media that it wasnt hers.
Zenisha Moktan during the press conference
By this time Moktan was a household name in the fairly small Kathmandu city. With appearance in Bhusan Dahal directed ”Mai Thuli Bhaichu Re” her popularity soared not only in Nepal but also online (check out YouTube). She’s a Miss Nepal with many plans and as they say it is better to have plans than nothing.
Zenisha’s already started giving back to the community with the Project Muskan kicking off few months ago with aims to reach 14 zones within 6 months. The project which is led by Zenisha and friends aims to raise money for education, children and women in rural Nepal. She chose Rashuwa, a Tamang majority region, to kick start her project. However, she does confess it has not panned out the way she expected it to. ”The children had been pre-informed that we were coming and that we would distribute goods to them. When I got there, along with my eight friends, we had plans for a few game and interaction programmes but we had to change our plans. They were just too eager to get their hands on the goods. A few parents were also concerned about our motive – I guess too many NGO’s have used their faces to illicit grants,” she says.
Zenisha made her debut in Sudarshan Thapa’s ”Mero Euta Saathi Cha”. The role which she played was small yet the critics still felt that Miss Moktan could’ve done more justice to the character. Surprisingly, Zenisha agrees with that as she states ”I thought I could act, then I watched Mero Euta Saathi Cha and I realised I cant. I went to the premier all dressed up but I couldnt wait to get out of there. Seriously, I think I am a pathetic actress. If I ever do movies again, I would want to undergo some training beforehand. I dont want to embarass myself again”.
Realisation is the gateway to self-improvement. I am sure she’ll do better next time.
Her new role as the Youth Ambassador of WWF gives her more responsibility from a different angle. I hope she uses her status well in teaching the youth of Nepal what challenges we face currently and in the future. Wishing her a successful year of being Miss Nepal 2009 and hopefully she carries on such social works post-Miss Nepal.
Final Words – “I would, in the best possible way, use this opportunity to raise awareness on conservation issues,” said Zenisha, the newly appointed Young Conservation Ambassador.