Lust Stories: Why Manisha Koirala Refused Intimacy On Screen

Lust Stories: Why Manisha Koirala Refused Intimacy On Screen

Manisha Koirala talks about her role as the adulterous wife in the recently released Netflix anthology 'Lust Stories'
Lust Stories: Why Manisha Koirala Refused Intimacy On Screen

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The very beautiful Manisha Koirala  is currently being seen in the Netflix omnibus Lust Stories where her segment on a midlife infidelity  is  directed by Dibakar Bannerjee. While the theme  of  all  the  four stories is  lust and  the leading ladies  of  the  other three stories Radhika Apte , Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani are seen in  some sexually bold  scenes, Manisha’s segment  stays away from physical intimacy.

Manisha requested Dibakar for  the same. “I was deeply impressed by Dibakar’s open-minded responsive  attitude. He listens to everyone, not just actors but also the crew. He narrated the  film to me on Skype as  I was  in Nepal. I had my reservations about the love-making scenes. I very frankly told Dibakar that I’ve had some bad experiences with on-screen intimacy  in the past. I thought he would not be able to get around that problem.”

But Dibakar did find  a way. “We managed to convey so  much  of  the dynamics  between my character and  the two men in her life (her husband and husband’s best friend). What I  liked about my character Reena  is that she is past that age where women in  our films are  allowed to have an affair. And  she  is  more fearless  about her  feelings for  her husband’s best friend than the two men. It was a role I had not done  before. Dibakar made  it so easy. The complexities   of the situation were handled gracefully. I felt completely comfortable working on this  film. Dibakar is a refreshing mix of  old school  filmmaking and contemporary  ideas. He’s weaned  on  the best cinema  of  the past. To this knowledge he  brings his own modern sensibility.” Manisha says she enjoyed working with her two co-stars . “Jaideep Ahlawat, I had never worked with . He was  so passionate  about his work. We had extensive rehearsals  before we  actually shot the film. That again was a novelty for me. Then  there was Sanjay Kapoor with whom I have worked many years ago. Look how much he has  evolved as  an actor!” Manisha loves the  idea of leaving the triangle  open at the end. “I am so used to doing films with a formal beginning middle and end. Here there is  no clear resolution to the triangle. Such is  life. It’s  nice to see relationships treated  realistically for a change.”

Manisha recently saw the entire omnibus   of Lust Stories and  was  very  impressed . “Not only by my segment which I really liked, but also the other three. It is so refreshing to see Karan Johar doing something  so out of  the  box. This is a  good time to be  an actor in Indian cinema.”

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