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DATE: 24 June 2014
EVENT BY: Martin Chautari and Chaukath
VENUE: Martin Chautari, Thapathali
TIME: 1500 – 1630
TOPIC: Women, Media and Socio-Economic Aspect of Glamour
SPEAKER: Priyanka Karki – Actor and Rajan Nepal – Editor of Sukrabar Weekly
 

I attended a talk program at Martin Chautari yesterday! It was pretty fascinating to learn about the different views of ‘glamour’ and what is ‘vulgar’ and what is considered ‘sexy’ for different people. The editor of Sukrabar Weekly Rajan Nepal received questions in plenty regarding why only women were used for the mid-center “blow-up” photo feature! And why more and more women were wearing less. Rajan did mention that he is trying his best to feature more men in the mid-center “blow-up”, not only that – maybe sceneries of Nepal etc. On that note – you can try featuring Paras Khadka, Anil Gurung, Saugat Malla – if you look around there are male Nepali figures that are growing in terms of popularity and following!

I wasn’t too sure of how Priyanka would fare through the talk session but I was pretty surprised to see her be so honest about her profession as an actor in the Nepali film industry. At times she sounded slightly frustrated regarding the situation of Nepali cinema. When quizzed by a member of the audience regarding celebrity status in Nepal and what it’s like to be a celebrity in Nepal, actress Karki replied “nobody cares about celebrities in Nepal”. Now that honesty was something I never thought Priyanka was capable of. As she continued talking about the importance of women in films, magazines, advertisements and even to sell products such as whiskey and cigarette she repeatedly went back to talking about the arrival of everyone (all Tom Dick and Harrys being modaals and actresses) in the showbiz scene and how that was making it hard for actors who are 100% passionate about the profession and are content on making this their main career.

The discussion regarding where the line between looking sexy and looking vulgar went on for quite a while but I agree with what Priyanka Karki was sharing… And I also agree that what may look vulgar to me or you, will be sexy for somebody else. We live in a country where our expectations are all over. The urban lot will view sexy as Victoria Secret models and automatically compare to that level whilst those that haven’t been exposed to the western idea of “sexy” MAY continue viewing the women that take up the weekly double-page spread of Saptahik or Sukrabar as sexy! Zzzz. Okay hope that made sense if it didn’t then thats fine. Do share any comments below.

Well done Priyanka Karki! If only the event was filmed… I am sure many more would be impressed!

PS. I found the event timing rather inconvenient. Wouldn’t it be better to have it after work hours ie, after 5PM. 3PM is just like, eta na uta….

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