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An artist daughter of a literary mother

Mother Shashi Thapa Subba came to Nepal from Britain to see her daughter's terrible pain and courage, tears and voice, parenthood and wanderings in the movie 'Mansara'. After watching the film, he felt that his daughter's acting was not good, it was getting worse.
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What is visible in the city of Kathmandu? Vehicles crawling on the road like caterpillars, digital advertisement boards that cover huge walls, gazing electric wires and people running in fear of an uncertain life chasing their dreams...! It seems that the faces of every person in the city walking on the streets are painted with sadness.

An artist daughter of a literary mother

If you look closely, the same lines of fear and sadness can be seen on the face of 'Mansara'. In a corner of the valley, Mansara Prem, a 'single mother' who rears pigs, sells liquor and educates her young son under a tin roof, is waiting for love. There is a dialogue in the same movie 'Mansara', 'To make sweet food you need pure milk, like love needs a clean and sincere heart'.

Mansara's heart is like pure milk, pure and sincere. However, the neighbor Dadhiram's heart is troubled by the pain of being childless. Mansara says to Dadhiram - 'Can be a hundred-year-old poi. However, it is difficult to be a lover, boy! However, he was sick like other men. Well, what do men see in women's bodies? Mansara is looking for love in a helpless city.

Miruna's mother Shashi Thapa Subba .

This city is like this, where traders, politicians, brokers, porters, rich and poor all come. Everyone has their share of pain. Mansara is also troubled in her heart - her lover who went abroad saying that he will return to Ubhounli before marriage did not return, after she got pregnant by the same lover, Mansara was forced to move to the city because she could not stay in the village. Don't know how many dreams are on his forehead? How much happiness in the eyes? Where is the key to happiness? Dressed in a gray burqa, wrapped in a dirty dhoti, Mansara sells greens in a doko and liquor in a jerkin, and sends her son to school to find the key to happiness. Miruna Magar is playing the role of Mansara, who is struggling alone in Sahar Ai leaving the rhythm of Palam.

In 'Mansara', her mother - Shashi Thapa Subba (55) came to Nepal from Britain to see her daughter's terrible pain and courage, tears and voices, wanderings and parenting. The story of the innumerable difficult journeys the daughter has gone through in the film is very dear to Shashi. Mansara-Patra's idea towards society and men is very meaningful. Sometimes she is speaking on a philosophical level,' Miruna's mother Shashi says, 'My daughter's acting is smooth, it seems natural. His performance is fading. What doesn't seem like acting is acting, Miruna's Mansara eligibility doesn't seem like acting. The audience laughs at itself, cries at itself. Miruna made others cry without crying in the film, it felt even better. But, he still has a lot to learn.'

Shashi thinks – My daughter is walking on the path of my dreams. Shashi's life path was also an acting journey. He is the witness of Miruna's journey so far. And the witness of some part of Shashi is Miruna. Miruna used to act even when she was young. I used to give her many suggestions - about acting and dancing,' Shashi says, 'I thought after watching the movie Mansara - but now she is very tired.' To know Shashi, she has to walk again on the same path she has walked. He has to turn the calendar of ancient times of the city of Dharan where he lived. Once on his journey, he should be a companion on that journey. As Miruna laughs, dances, cries in the reel today, once Shashi too used to live the life of drama and reel. In this way, Shashi is also written somewhere in the history of Nepali drama.

Born in Darjeeling, Shashi came to Chakraghati Sunsari with her family - when she was 12 years old. She reached Dharan alone from Chakraghati, to struggle. She worked in the British camp at Ghopa. At the age of 21, she got married to Dhan Bahadur Magar of Dhankuta Danda Bazar. Shashi was Neyong Limbu. The marriage between Limbu and Magar was considered inter-caste. Dhan Bahadur joined the British Army, went to Hong Kong and got married in the same year. Dhan Bahadur took Shashi to his home in Danda Bazar and left him, saying that he will return soon, without suffering, he went to Hong Kong.

However, Dhan Bahadur did not return for a long time. Shashi reminisced about her husband. He had to go far and wide to get water from a lonely hill market, he had to go to a distant forest to get grass and firewood. After 3 years Dhan Bahadur returned to Danda Bazar on vacation. He took his wife Shashi with him when he returned to Hong Kong. The eldest daughter Ajila Magar was born in Nepal. Miruna was born in Hong Kong. Shashi brought Miruna to Nepal when she was two years old. After leaving Dandagaon, mother and daughter started living in Dharan.

artist Miruna Magar . Photo: Angad Dhakal/Kantipur

Famous essayist Vasant Thapa who writes about the city of Dharan has a memoir – Days of Malgudi. The rise of Dharan, the struggle of the people there is the story of that memoir. Basant writes, "Dharan was actually a settlement created by the settlement of people who came from different parts of the undivided Dhankuta district, which gradually grew towards the city from the big bazaar. Some came here because it was easy to enjoy farming in Madhesh, some in search of employment and to try their luck in a new place. The mix of people from all walks of life was growing here.' Shashi lived an easy-difficult life. That 'living' made him a genius in acting and dancing. His contemporaries were Sunil Pokharel, Anup Baral - who had the craze of 'life in drama'. Therefore, he was not uncomfortable in acting. Shashi had a personal background to stand out. However, apart from the traditions that her mother lived, she enjoyed the world of acting. He was that generation - bright, with the light of which the play is illuminated till today.

At that time, Shashi played in the teleserial 'Jetho Choro', directed by Sunil Pokharel. Naveen played Subba's 'Tarewa'. After that, films such as 'Charkideu Sindoor Lasamathi', 'Vishalu Dhoowaan', 'Chhimeki' and 'Vivas Aakash', 'Adha Ghar Aadha Aakash', 'Latobungo', 'Harke Ab Ke Karsas', 'Yesterday Aaj Voli', 'Kali Yuga Ko Ramayana'. She acted in plays including (Performed in Kathmandu and performed at Rashtriya Nachghar Jamal). Even after getting married and having children, he was very interested in acting. Anam was a member of Natya Jamaat Dharan. Miruna used to follow her mother to watch the rehearsals. There was a hall in the old bazaar of Dharan, where rehearsals took place. She also taught dance.

Having studied up to SLC, she continues to play and teach dance. She used to go to poet conferences, write poems and songs. She still writes. His poetry-book 'Sanjhki Shashi' has been published. He is equally active in social work. Miruna also reached the Dharan police station when the mother went to social work. When there was a woman's case, the police used to call Shashi - to be a witness or for a settlement agreement. She used to be the voice of oppressed women, she also helped some financially.

In the guise of her mother, Miruna participated in Dharan's 'Kid Queen' competition in 2003. Won the competition. Shashi taught her dance, Miruna also learned acting from Mahol. Shashi used to listen to songs a lot, mostly classics. Miruna should have done the test at home after coming to school. Miruna's uncle and cousin's sons lived in her house, saying that Shashi would discipline them.

Miruna returned to Dharan and started studying at Gyanodaya Secondary English School. She studied there till 6, then Vijaypur school. She came to UK after 8th grade. Father had moved from Hong Kong to Harrow, UK. Shashi also went to UK with her daughter. After reaching there, she became active in Magar Sangh, Limbu Sangh. In UK, Shashi used to teach dance classes and give voice training. It was there that Miruna learned dance and elocution from her mother. Miruna returned to the country in 2014 - after completing her Masters in International Development - to volunteer in Nepal. That was the time after the earthquake. She came to Nepal to deliver relief goods to earthquake victims, leaving her job as a meeting and event executive in the UK. After studying acting for three months at

dramatist Anup Baral's Xert studio, she acted in her first play 'Kathadesh-3', directed by Ashant Sharma. There the team of director Nigam Shrestha's 'Lalpurja' film met her and she joined the film. Miruna said to her mother - the film offer came. Shashi read the script and said – “No game or game”. Miruna's dream was to join the drama. However, she came to the film. She enjoyed the atmosphere of 'Lalpurja' and enjoyed the film in the following days.

Mother never told him to 'do it'. After 'Lalpurja', he has acted in films including 'Rose', 'Saino', 'Chachahuin', 'Kabaddi-4' and 'Jari'. Now she is a heroine with a huge fan following. However, his favorite role so far is that of 'Lalpurja'. That was the role of 'Parpala', who came to the village in search of a childhood friend. 'Lalpurja' is the story of a fictional purple village. There is a purple village 555 km west of Ghatmandu – Miteri village.

In Miteri village, everyone has a friend. The law there is observed by the 'Miteri Samaj' and those who break the rules are punished with imprisonment. They worship purple color. Venta is their flagship dish. 111 km west of Miteri village, Aksharganj. There is a rumor in Miteri village that he will become a Buddha there. However, no one dares to go. Because, the journey to 'Aksharaganj' is risky. None of the people who went there came back. Miruna, who first acted in Kumar Nagarkoti's fantasy story, is now in a social story film.

Miruna's father was a volleyball player, also played taekwondo. She also played taekwondo at her father's request. "Read what you want" said father. After coming to the film, he said - what kind of film will happen! However, Shashi was in favor of her daughter. Instead, the friends of the family said - where did you make your daughter a heroine? "But, I have the support of my parents to reach here," says Miruna. Mom and she are best friends. Fans, critics all. I am a fan of mom's new dishes. My favorite food is my mother's cooked roti and kheer,' says Miruna, 'When I am in Nepal, I always remember the food my mother made.' Miruna used to get a set of books when she excelled in class, upper class. She used to give that book to her friends who needed the book and bought it for herself. Shashi was the president of Gorkha Bhupu Sainik's women's committee in Dharan. She used to say, 'Everyone has self-respect'. Bhupu used to hold fairs of clothes and shoes for children in the soldiers' hall, for 1, 2 rupees. Because of her 'should share' thinking, sometimes when Miruna went to school, she did not have her own clothes at home. Mother would have distributed it to others. She used to say to her daughter - You can never give, you have to share what you have.

In Miruna's opinion, Shashi's character is fearless. She says, 'I learned discipline and tolerance from my mother. When my films flopped, everyone called me 'unlucky heroine'. But mother says you should do what you can. He always says, 'You have to be kind, you have to stand on your own feet.'

After watching the film of Shashi Miruna, she gives a strong suggestion - 'It could have been natural, but it wasn't'. After watching 'Jari', she said, 'Your enjoyment is not enough.' But after watching 'Mansara', she said, 'Mihin lagga hai.' To understand the psychology of the character, to understand the past experience of the character, live the right that you play, live the same right, no character and role is small, don't think of any character as a joke. Miruna had not learned to carry heavy things, to cover the house. After watching 'Jari', she said - you didn't hold your finger in the scene of cutting grass.

According to Miruna, Shashi left her name and work and went to UK for her daughters. "If she had lived here, mother would have been able to concentrate on films and plays," she says. Shashi currently works in a hospital in the UK – as a Health Care Assistance. "I am living my mother's dream," says Miruna, "My mother keeps saying one thing - you did what I couldn't." For Miruna, being a mother is everything - being a doctor, a counselor, a teacher, a university. Miruna prefers dance to her mother's acting – classical and Bharata Natyam. Shashi's special advice to Miruna on living life is to be practical and social, and to mingle.

Miruna remembers Dharan with tender feelings. In the memory of Shashi's acting-Aytan, Miruna sees those days, where mother used to perform dances on the stage wearing colorful, shiny clothes, or one day she was performing a play barefoot on the street in the hot sun or speaking some dialogues on the stage! Remembering Dharan's 'Black and White' sends Miruna into a bittersweet nostalgia. People and seasons have changed, the water that has flowed into the winter river has not returned. However, the days spent by mother and mother's friends keep returning to Miruna's mind. How could she forget the beautiful days she lived as a mother!

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