Manisha Koirala who was one of the most sought-after-actresses in the 90s is a perfect example of how one shouldn't lose hope in life.
After emerging victorious from a battle with cancer, the actress is now all set for a second innings in Bollywood with her upcoming film Dear Maya. In a recent chat with Bombay Times, Manisha bared her heart like never before.
I Wish The Entire Dutt Biopic Was Based On Nargis
When asked about her first response when she was offered to play Nargis in Dutt biopic Manisha quipped, "I was thrilled. I adore Raj's (Rajkumar Hirani, director) work. There's a positive twang to every situation in his films. I'd seen the rushes even before I joined the cast."
She added, "I must say, Ranbir (Kapoor) has done a fantastic job as Sanjay. To top it all, I was offered Nargis' role.
I wish the entire film was based on her (laughs), but it's based on one of my favourite co-stars, so it's okay. It's a huge responsibility to play Nargis because people remember her vividly."
In Your 40s, You Are Too Old To Play The Hero's Love Interest
I am apprehensive about all the work coming my way. In your 40s, you are too old to play the hero's love interest and too young to play the typical celluloid mother.
I Am Looking For Roles Without The Tag Of Mummyji And Didiji
As an artiste, I am looking for roles that allow me to act, but without the tag of mummyji and didiji. I wouldn't have taken up Raj's film if it had been a typical mummy role.
I Was Hurt When I Didn't Find Too Many People Around Me
During your low phase, people hardly come forth. And it's not because they are mean or selfish. Sometimes, people are genuinely scared to see you in a dreadful condition.
I was hurt when I didn't find too many people around me, but I also realised that they would have felt very bad if they had seen me battling the disease.
My family and friends like Jackie Shroff and Gulshan Grover stood by me. I was in the USA then; had I been in Mumbai, maybe more people would have been around me. I also had many cancer survivors write to me, which filled me with hope.
I Don't Have To Work To Sustain Myself
I wasn't happy with the work that was coming my way. I have decided to take up roles only if I am fully convinced. Fortunately, I don't have to work to sustain myself. So, quality of work matters more today than it ever did.
I Have Been Honest About My Relationships
I don't think I was bold. I haven't gone beyond kissing on screen. Yes, I have been a bold person all along. I have been honest about my relationships, I smoked and drank openly... I've been frank about things that most people are shy and quiet about.
I Am A Rebel By Birth
I am a rebel by birth, I was never the timid, compromise-to-get-work type of girl. Yes, I was cornered and conned into doing 'Ek Chotisi Love Story'.
The 80s And 90s Were Mediocre Times For Hindi Cinema
I am sorry to say, but the 80s and 90s were mediocre times for Hindi cinema. We were too dramatic and loud. The line between art-house and commercial cinema has blurred now. Today, it's more real.
It's Not Important For Me To Find A Companion Now
It's not important at all. Look at my house; look at the beauty of nature that I enjoy and the kind of life I lead. I don't feel the need for a companion anymore.
I Didn't Care For My Body, My Work Or My Friends Till I Was Face-To-Face With Cancer
My life before cancer was about projected happiness. Today, I have a luxury car and my closet is full of brands, but I don't need them to make me happy. In our bid to find happiness, we forget to value what the nature gives us for free.
I didn't care for my body, my work or my friends till I was face-to-face with cancer. Today, I focus on living my life well.