"I will endure fire but not injustice," she says stoutly in her Facebook account. "I will endure thirst but not abuse. I am the daughter of Nepal, who will never falter."
It is not the kind of message one would expect from a silver screen star and sex symbol.
However, it fits Nepali actor Rekha Thapa like a glove in her current avatar - the new Maoist gal on the block.
The 20-something sensual lass from eastern Nepal, a household name for her skimpy outfits and power to generate controversies, is the new publicity weapon of the former guerrillas, hobnobbing with their top leaders to spruce up the formerly underground party's public image.
Rekha, who shot in the limelight by doing her own stunts, picking up a fight with Bollywood bad man Shakti Kapoor and ruffling the feathers of a Hindu organisation with her backless blouse, is now on a new publicity arc after having formally joined the Maoist party.
Soon after her admission to the party in 2009, Rekha proved her value as a crowd-puller when she sashayed to a Maoist blockade of the prime minister's office last November and shook a leg with Maoist chief and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, to the bemusement of the watching crowds, the media and Prachanda's wife Sita Dahal.
The sultry November revolution was capped by a casting coup this August when Rekha signed up to play the female lead in a new film by a director considered close to the Maoists.
Image: Nepali sex symbol and silver screen star Rekha Thapa. (Photographs copyright IANS)