“Seventy percent of the people know me as Ram Badur, while those in the film industry recognize me as Nado. Only a few individuals are aware of my real name.
I never harbored ambitious dreams or imagined that I would end up in the film industry. Instead of watching movies, I was drawn to listening to the audio cassette versions because I enjoyed hearing the dialogues.
I was excellent in Dzongkha, but my performance in other subjects held me back, limiting my education to just the tenth grade. My first experience in Thimphu was when I was selected to compete in the national athletics, as I had a talent for running. I traveled to Thimphu in the back of a truck from Mongar.
I aspired to study at Semtokha and pursue a career as a judge. I was shortlisted and eagerly prepared for the interview, but my hopes shattered when, just as it was my turn, they announced that the vacancy had already been filled. This was a crushing disappointment and marked one of the first times in my life that I felt truly sad. It almost led me into a state of depression.
A few weeks later, I traveled on foot from Thimphu to Wangduephodrang for an army selection, as I had no money. Along the way, a truck gave me a lift. However, upon arriving at the destination, I was informed by an officer that the selection ended just one day before my arrival.
Later I became a member of the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) and had the chance to meet actor and singer Rinchen Namgay. He took a liking to me and asked for my contact information. I later traveled throughout the country with him as part of an HIV/AIDS advocacy initiative.
I’m immensely grateful to the YDF and Rinchen Namgay for the opportunities they provided. I also had the chance to resume my studies, although the events at Semtokha had already significantly altered the course of my life.
On August 28th, 2006, I embarked on my journey in the film industry. I worked tirelessly, and to date, I’ve been involved in 85 movies. I began my career as a wardrobe assistant, where my responsibilities included washing clothes and keeping them clean. Later, I transitioned to working as a cook.
I’ve had the opportunity to experience various roles on a movie set and have collaborated with all the directors in Bhutan. Among all the projects I’ve been a part of, my favorite role as an actor is in ‘Sem Hing Gi Meto’ because it truly resonated with my character.”

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