A Sikkimese actress has bagged a role in a film being produced by Priyanka 'Quantico' Chopra's company.
Manju Chettri, 27, will act in Pawna - The Little Visitors for which she had auditioned in September 2016.
The TV actress, who got a call from Purple Pebble Pictures a few days ago, said she was "stunned" when she came to that she had been selected for the film.
"I got a call about my selection in the movie over phone from Mumbai few days ago. I was stunned when I first received the information. I am happy and excited," Manju told The Telegraph.
The Sikkimese- Nepali film will be produced by Purple Pebble that is owned by Madhu Chopra, mother of actress Priyanka Chopra. It will be directed by Paakhi A. Tyrewala.
Manju started acting in 2013 and since then, she has appeared in music videos and Nepali television serials. She earned some fame in Sikkim and Nepal after she got a role in Meri Bassai, a popular Nepali soap.
Manju said she was not sure what kind of role she would get but was confident and would give her best to prove her talent. "For artistes, it does not matter whether the role is small or big. What matters is how much the artiste justifies the character or the role," she said.
The line producer of the film, Raj Sitoula, said there were five other artistes from Sikkim who had been selected for Pawna. "She has impressed everyone by her acting skills and will join the acting workshop for the film from the first week of February," said Sitoula.
Manju is a fan of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh but has watched several Priyanka starrers.
Manju who hails from Regu village in East Sikkim attributes her success to her mother who has raised her after her father and elder sister died in a landslide in 2002. " My mother is the happiest person now. My father was my inspiration as he used to tell me not to give up in any circumstance," she added.
Manju finished her MBA in HR from Sikkim Manipal University in 2013.
Mother Nani Maya Chettri said: "Acting was always Manju's forte. I still remember her acting in front of a mirror. I am happy with her selection in the movie. All I can give her are my blessings."
The shooting is expected to start in the first week of March in Sikkim.
The story is about two children who are separated from their parents at the time of unrest in Nepal, said a source in the movie crew.(TT)