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The story behind Geetanjali Thapa's entry into films has all the ingredients of a filmy plot. A small-town girl leaves home to pursue her dreams of becoming a model, bags a movie offer instead, which never takes off, but she is determined more than ever to enter the film industry. "I never thought of becoming an actor. In fact, I have never planned my career so I never dreamt of tinseltown," says the bubbly 25-year-old actor, who has become a much sought after artiste in Indian cinema. She has worked in award-winning and critically acclaimed projects such as Amit Kumar's Monsoon Shootout (2013) which was screened at Cannes Film Festival last year and Kamal KM's ID (2012), which won Best Asian Film at the Kerala International Film festival in 2012. She also received the Best Actor award at the Los Angeles Film festival last year. She has also appeared in commercials for brands such as Garnier, Maggi and L'Oreal.
In her latest film, Geetu Mohandas's Liar's Dice, she essays the role of a wife who sets out in search of her husband (Nawazuddin Siddiqui ) who is a construction worker in Delhi. The film is in the competition section of this year's Sundance Film festival, (January 16-24) and has won Thapa nods from critics, after it was screened at the Mumbai Film festival, last year.
From a business family in western Sikkim, Thapa identifies with her character in Liar's Dice, who belongs to a tiny village in Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh. "Since I am from a small town, the body language and mannerisms were already in me. I did the daily chores with the local women in a village near Chitkul, which helped me to know how they think. They are possessive about their husbands and that is one quality I admired," says Thapa.