Bollywood Actress Manisha Koirala
Manisha Koirala was born in Katmandu, Nepal on 16th August 1970. Manisha hails from the politically active Koirala family. Her entire family has a long history of being actively involved in the state of affairs of Nepal. Her grandfather, Mr. B.P. Koirala was the Prime Minister during the 1950’s & early 60’s, while two of her uncles G.P. Koirala & M.P. Koirala too have been Prime Ministers of Nepal.
Manisha Koirala did her schooling from the Army Public School in New Delhi and then later on enrolled into the Vasant Kayna Mahavidhyalaya in Varanasi. When she was studying in Varanasi, a holy city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh her grandmother too was there with her during that time. Manisha, had aspirations of becoming a doctor but with modeling options pouring in she decided to try it out.
Her first film was not a Bollywood movie it was rather a Nepalese movie ‘Pheri Bhetaula’ that was released at the start of 1989. Then her Bollywood debut in the form of ‘Saudagar’ directed by Bollywood showman Subhash Ghai released. This was a historic movie, after a span of 30 odd years two of Indian cinemas greats, Dilip Kumar and Rajkumar were appearing together in this movie. The movie was a super hit and Manisha’s career was off to a flier. During her career she worked with all the best directors, producers and actors but somehow she wasn’t all that successful when it came to delivering the results at the box office. She was gorgeous, she had the grace and the looks to make anyone fall for her even without putting on make up. But what you cannot take away from her is that she always dared to be her own and not what people perceived to be orthodox. In between though there were enough successes to her name to keep her afloat in the cut throw business of Bollywood filmmaking.
In 1994 she worked in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s highly successful 1942: A Love Story opposite Anil Kapoor. Then she worked in Mani Ratnam’s super hit titled ‘Bombay’. This movie covered the life of a Hindu boy marring a Muslim girl and they marry each other without the consent of their parents and flee to Bombay in search of a new beginning. Then one day communal riots strike the city and they are left fending for themselves and their kids. But they manage to avert disaster and are later accepted by their parents as one. Her performance in the movie earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Performance.
In 1995 she also appeared the movie ‘Akele Hum Akele Tum’ starring along side Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. She plays the role of a mother and wife who is a professional singer too. Her maternal side pushes her to not to throw away a fledging singing career and this creates rifts between the two sides. Her performance was much appreciated and she got rave reviews from all corners. Another of her best performances came in the movie ‘Khamoshi:
The Musical’ directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali wherein she plays the role of daughter whose parents are deaf. In this movie she co-starred with Nana Patekar and Salman Khan and the film was hit. This performance bagged her Filmfare Award for Best Performance and the Best Actress Award from Star Screen. She also acted brilliantly in movie Yalgaar directed by Feroz Khan.
She then gradually drifted away from commercial masala movies of Bollywood to doing more meaningful and women empowerment roles. In the Film ‘Lajja’ she is part of the story depicting violence and unjust behavior against women. In ‘Grahan’ she portrays the role of rape victim who is looking for justice. She also starred in the commercially successful movie ‘Company’; Ram Gopal Verma made the movie and her co-stars were Ajay Devgan and Vivek Oberoi. The movie showed the movements and functioning of an underworld gang and her stellar performance of a gangster’s girl friend fetched a third Filmfare Award for Best Performance.
Of her forthing coming bollywood movies, Khela made by Rituparno Ghosh has been completed and she is due to shoot for a patriotic foreign film to be made by Deepa Mehta named Exclusion.