A leading daily has reported that Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine is loosely inspired on Manisha Koirala's life. Her journey to stardom centred around her personal life is the base of the story. The story of the upcoming films focuses on an actress' troubled relationships marred with several controversies, which reportedly has references to the Dil Se girl's life. However, the director, who is known for making realistic films, has completely denied it and says that the film is not inspired by any real life actor's life.
Earlier, there were reports that Heroine, which also feature Arjun Rampal, was inspired by Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe's life.