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An Interview with Purna Pariyar, Director and Star of The Hidden Lasso

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2020

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Your new movie The Hidden Lasso - in a few words, what is it about?


Using illicit drugs and its consequences - how easily a bright college student can get lured into taking drugs ...


What were your sources of inspiration when writing The Hidden Lasso?


A real life situation within my wife's family.


What can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?


It was not that difficult with this movie because it was a real life story, and actors were readily available.


You also play the lead in The Hidden Lasso - so what did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Purna Pariyar can we find in Amrit?


I had experienced this character's situation, for real, when I saw my brother-in-law turning from a nice young man into a drug addict. I just replicated him.


To turn the last question on its head, to what extent have you based Amrit on yourself, to what extent can you actually identify with him?


Having seen with my own eyes how a person can, so easily, get involved in taking illicit drugs, I had little difficulty playing that role. As member of Lions Clubs International, I have attempted to promote their world-wide project on drug & alcohol awareness.


Do talk about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?


Because the person in real life was of Nepalese background, it was best to use all Nepalese characters to drive home a strong message to the rest of the Nepalese Community, and indeed to the rest of the world.


A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The budget was limited. Consequently, the shoot was restricted to close localities and familiar environment.


The $64 question of course, where can The Hidden Lasso be seen?


Screening of this movie was scheduled for 27 March 2020 in a cinema in Toombul, Queensland, Australia. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 it could not be screened there, despite selling out. But then we uploaded it to YouTube. It was a great success, as we soon had 380,000 views. This is beyond our expectations.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Hidden Lasso?


Feedback from the audience was overwhelming. We received thousands of commendations for the theme & production, because it included drugs & domestic violence in one movie.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Boondall Lions Club is proud to state that our next movie project will be on causes & effects of diabetes amongst humans. Diabetes also causes blindness. Two major projects of Lions Clubs International are diabetes awareness and preventative blindness.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place?


From childhood on I had great interest in music and visual arts. I acted in several musical videos which became very popular. Movies, especially short movies, are a great medium of sending a message to the audience/viewers.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Hidden Lasso?


I have been an actor and a model as well. In 2019, I produced, directed, and acted in a movie called When Will Our Hearts Change, for which I received the Best Short Film Award in Mumbai on world stage. That movie was viewed by more than 100,000 people on YouTube.


You're making movies in Nepal, which at least internationally isn't exactly known for its film scene - so what can you tell us about working there, and about the local film scene?


With the modern technology these days, no country is living in isolation. There are over 3 million Nepalese either living permanently or working outside Nepal. They regularly keep in touch with motherland of 26.4 million people. What ever short or long films we make are screened in foreign countries where Nepalese are residing. They look forward to local content from the homeland, to keep up with language & culture as well.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


It is very hard for me to answer that, because I never did any course or college studies as a movie director. The ideas come to my mind, and I just write it all down, then produce movies. I love doing this.


Filmmakers, actors, whoever else who inspire you?


During the past 20 years or so, I have been working closely with some small to medium filmmakers where I met some actors, producers, & directors. Later, I developed the confidence to make my own movies, and with success & some level of fame.


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Your favourite movies?


Life of Pi and The Himalayan Caravans.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


I can't think of any at the moment.


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Producing any movie is very costly. Without generous sponsorship, in-kind help, and volunteers, it is hard to meet the budget. I generally use my own money to make a movie. There is no grant from any level of government either.


Thanks for the interview!


It's my pleasure. I would like to thank you as well for your time.


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