Check out Manisha Koirala's Pics as Nargis

Check out Manisha Koirala's Pics as Nargis

The 'Sanju' actress who plays Ranbir Kapoor's mother in the film opens up about finding love, playing a cancer patient and her upcoming book
Check out Manisha Koirala's Pics as Nargis

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The ethereal Manisha Koirala who will soon be seen playing the legendary Nargis in  the legendary actress’ son Sanjay Dutt’s bio-pic entitled Sanju, says she is no longer looking for romantic  love. “Maybe the man-woman love is not destined to happen for me. Fine. I’d rather accept this sad truth of my life rather than  fall into the wrong relationship again. I won’t allow any  man to bring me  down , ever.  Whether  it is my career or my  personal life I can’t afford to make  wrong moves at  this  stage  when  God has given me  a second chance,” says Manisha who  was pulled out of the jaws of death  when she was detected with cancer.

“My world fell apart. But then the experience made me so much wiser and tolerant. It takes a life-threatening  experience  to make  you realize the  true value of life,” says  the wiser  older  but still breathtakingly beautiful Koirala. Significantly she  plays a cancer patient  in  Sanju. She  says it wasn’t easy. “To live  through the pain trauma and  suffering again… it required a lot of inner strength  to play Nargisji. But finally it was all worth it. Because Nargis was such an iconic figure. I’ve tried to  capture her essence, the core of her being. Just looking like her, or  combing my hair the way she did, is not enough. I had to understand her spirit, her soul. Just how much I’ve succeeded we’ll soon know.” Manisha says she  now spends a lot of time doing  her homework for her  roles. “This is  new  to me. I’ve always been a  spontaneous actor. But for Sanju I  did a lot of research on Nargisji. The film focuses on  Nargis the doting mother who wanted to protect her son from the truth about her health  until  his first film was released. Unfortunately  she passed away before her son debut film Rocky released. This really broke him.”

Apparently Manisha has  gone on-record to say she has a  brief role in  Sanju. She clarifies, “What  I meant was perhaps  all the female actors  have less to do than Ranbir Kapoor in Sanju. Ranbir plays Dutt and  the film is about him. I  wanted to work with Raj Kumar  Hirani. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of  the best  filmmakers in the country, be it  Sanjay Bhansali(Khamoshi), Mani Ratnam (Bombay, Dil Se), or Vidhu Vinod  Chopra(1942: A  love Story)  who is the producer of Sanju.”
Manisha  has signed one  more  film.  “It’s called Prasthanam and  it’s a remake  of a hit South Indian film. Sanjay Dutt is my co-star. Though my role is secondary, it is  very strong  and makes a difference to the plot. At this  juncture in my career I won’t just stand  around  doing nothing,” She enjoys the  process  of catching up with a  co-star. “Sanjay Dutt and  I go back a long way. Like me he too has through a  lot in life. We have done films  like Feroz Khan’s Yalgaar together. In fact the other day we were missing Feroz Khan Saab’s presence  in our midst. There was  no one  quite like him.”

Manisha feels the work that she does now will reflect her inner world. “I can’t just be  doing all the  films that come my way. There’s no urge to simply  keep  doing  films  to work. There is so much more to do, so many goals and dreams.” She is currently working on her memoir. “That  is 80 per cent complete. I am co-authoring  my experiences with a  professional writer as  I  am not a professional writer. I  needed someone  to formulate and organize  my thoughts. Hopefully the  book will motivate  cancer survivors and those who feel they’ve reached  the end of their world. Every end is a  new beginning. Today I feel I am starting all  over again in life.”

Adopting a child is also on the cards. “But not right away. Not when  I am so busy. I will bring home that  child only when I  know I can give or him all  my time. There is no point in becoming a mother when your other duties in life pull you away in other directions.”

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