There have been a number of Nepalese around the world who are keen on keeping the pride of their motherland Nepal with their all- acknowledged tasks. Their talent that goes through the international platform and gets recognition as a Nepalese talent makes the country and the other Nepalese proud. Manisha Koirala is an epitome of such Nepali talent, who has glorified the name of her nation through her wonderful contribution to Bollywood. The beautiful diva isn’t just hung until there but spreads her aura until Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam fields as well. A versatile actress with a kind heart and a good sense of humor makes her even a special person to her loving ones.
Short-Bio of much-favored Diva
|Born||August 16, 1970|
|Birth Place||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Age||49 years old|
|Current Residence||Delhi, India|
|Profession||Actress, Social Activist|
|Debut Movie||Pheri Bhetaula (1989)|
|Marital Status||Divorced to Samrat Dahal|
|Education||Diploma in Film Making|
Early life and education
Manisha Koirala was born into the Koirala political family in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her father Prakash Koirala is a Nepali Politician who has also been former minister of Nepal for Environment, Science, and Technology on 15 July 2005, in the royal cabinet of former King Gyanendra. Her mother Sushma Koirala is a housewife. Her brother Siddharth Koirala also shares the same profession as her.
Not to forget to mention, her grandfather Late Bisheshwor Prasad Koirala was a revolutionary member in the politics of Nepal. He was the former Prime Minister of Nepal during the late 1950s and early 1960s. To add her other great-uncles, Matrika Prasad Koirala and Girija Prasad Koirala, brothers of her grandfather, also became the Prime Ministers of Nepal in different time phases.
Having lived most of her childhood in Varanasi, India with her grandmother, far from home Manisha mentions that her grandmother never let her feel that she was “far from home” and she considers India as her “second home”. She did her schooling in VKM School in Varanasi until 10th grade and later went to Army Public School in New Delhi.
She dreamed of being a doctor, but setting her footsteps on the floor of modeling opened a gateway for her towards the Film Industry. In an interview, she said that living alone in Delhi helped her become “strong and independent”. In 2004, she moved to New York and graduated with a degree in film making from New York University. While being in New York, she also became a supplement to an independent documentary company. She is a trained dancer in Bharatanatyam and Manipuri dance form.
Manisha Koirala’s Filmy Journey
Manisha has contributed more than a decade of her life-giving marvels to movies like “1942: A Love Story (1994),” “Mann (1999),” “Lajja (2001)” and “Company (2002),” “Mappillai (2011),” “Game (2016)” and others which succeeded with several awards and won recognition for her acting.
Initially, Manisha Koirala debuted in a Nepali movie named “Pheri Bhetaula” in 1989. But then she shifted her career to Bollywood with Subash Ghai’s “Saudagar” as her Bollywood debut movie in 1991 alongside two legend actors Raj Kumar and Dilip Kumar. The film proved to be the biggest blockbuster hit of that year which made Koirala a superstar of Hindi cinema overnight. Critics even referred to her as Madhuri Dixit’s look-alike, seeing a spark in her. She managed to make the audience feel her presence in the movie even though it was just her first approach.
After that, she did quite other movies in between but a turning point in her career came in April 1994 when she was cast by Vidhu Vinod Chopra in his period drama “1942: A Love Story.” The movie included superstar Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Danny Denzongpa, Pran, and Anupam Kher which was celebrated to be a box-office hit. She received positive reviews for her performance in the movie with critics praising her as “a sensitive performer”.
The other year she came back with setting her foot to another unfamiliar arena of the Film Industry. The highly acclaimed Tamil film “Bombay (1995)” directed by Mani Ratnam was the film that traced her debut in the Tamil film industry. Manisha’s astonishing performance was a huge commercial hit. Koirala’s performances in “1947: A Love Story” and “Bombay” proved to be a landmark in her career and established her in the film industry.
Her appearance in Mansoor Khan`s romantic musical film, “Akele Hum Akele Tum” as the opposite of Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood, Aamir Khan was set to be another big hit with Manisha in it. Later, the actress starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s directorial debut, “Khamoshi: The Musical.” The movie also featured Salman Khan and Nana Patekar which eventually brought a huge amount of income to the owners of the movie.
1997 came with Manisha’s sensational acting as a lead role in “Gupt: The Hidden Truth,” opposite Bobby Deol and Kajol. The following year, she again collaborated with the stalwart director, Mani Ratnam for “Dil Se..” co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. One could affirm these as masterpieces of Manisha’s superb performances.
“Mann (1999)” has captivated the hearts of fans of both Manisha and Amir as her performance in the movie as well as the on-screen chemistry with Aamir Khan was so much appreciated. By then the actress had already worked for more than a decade and established herself as one of the most talented and accomplished actresses in the industry.
Following the 21st century, made her debut on TV as the host of “Sawaal Dus Crore Ka” alongside Anupam Kher. She also continued her acting while giving her so favored acting by audiences in movies such as “Lajja,” “Ram Gopal Varma`s Company opposite Ajay Devgn(2002).” “Escape from Taliban” and “Market” (both 2003) and others, all of which are remembered for Manisha’s versatility to portray any roles given to her.
The actress then turned producer and produced the caper-comedy “Paisa Vasool” starring Sushmita Sen and herself. In 2007, she appeared together with her brother Siddharth Koirala in the movie “Anwar.” Afterward she started appearing in the Bengali film and South Indian film industry. In 2010, she put her footsteps in the Malayalam film industry. Finally, after a gap of almost 22 years since her first film, Manisha Koirala featured in a Nepali-language film titled “Dharma.”
As her further remarkable works, she collaborated with Ram Gopal Varma’s “Bhoot Returns,” the sequel to the 2003 film “Bhoot,” and other movies namely, “Dear Maya (2017)” and “Sanju (2018)”. Her 2019 release includes “Prasthanam.” Further, she also appeared in Netflix originals such as “lust Stories,” and “maska”. Coming from an actively political family in Nepal, the actress had no connection to the film industry and it is because of her sheer hard work and dedication that she has established herself as an accomplished and successful actress in the Indian film Industry.
Manisha’s Personal life
During Koirals’s long filmy journey, she has dated and rumored to be in relationships with numerous personalists. She’s been in relation with personnel from the movie industry to businessmen to various other work-space related persons. Vivek Mushran (Indian Actor), Crispin Conroy (former American ambassador for Nepal), Sandeep Chowta ( Bollywood Music Director), Nana Patekar (Bollywood Actor), DJ Whosane (DJ), Cecil Anthony (Nigerian Businessman), Aryan Vaid (Indian Model and Actor), Prashant Chaudhary (Restaurateur), Akshay (Bollywood Actor) and Christopher Dorris ( A sports counselor, Author, and entrepreneur) were the ones Manisha had dated back in the days.
Sad yet the fact that none of her relationships went as she wanted. Despite dating foreigners, she finally married a Nepali Businessman Samrat Dahal in 2010. The two had met on the social networking site Facebook and dated which eventually converted into the marital bond. However, the marriage couldn’t last long and Samrat and Manisha got divorced within two years of their marriage, i.e., in 2012.
Manisha’s luck with guys remained always short,. as soon after her divorced, she was diagnosed with the deadly disease cancer. She was admitted to Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai and then she flew to the United States for further treatment.
She had to undergo chemotherapy and spent months at the New York hospital. As of May 2, 2017, she had been cancer-free for four years. After fighting cancer and winning the battle, she is actively involved in raising awareness of the disease. She has turned into a Motivational speaker after her battle with cancer and gives motivational talks on various topics at various schools, hospitals, and organizations.
Manisha Koirala: Achievements
Manisha Koirala successfully marked her spot in the Indian Film Industry and has never let go of her landmark. She, who is a heartthrob of thousands of her fans from not just India but also from Nepal, is definitely a successor and commendable for many such awards and nominations that add value to all her contribution that she has done throughout her life.
|1996||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil, Bombay|
|1996||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, Bombay|
|1997||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, Khamoshi: The Musical|
|1997||Star Screen Award Best Actress, Khamoshi: The Musical|
|2001||Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Honoured by the King of Nepal for achievement in the Indian Film Industry|
|2003||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, Company|
|2004||Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, Best Actress, Escape From Taliban|
|2014||India Today Woman Summit- Woman of the Year Award|
|2015||London Indian Film Festival – Spirit of Inspiration Award|
|2015||Global Officials of Dignity Award – Nepal’s Humanitarian Ambassador|
|2017||Navbharat Times Award for Contribution to Indian Cinema|
|2018||Streaming Awards – Breakthrough Performance, Lust Stories|
|2019||Mahindra Udaya Festival – Excellence in Social Cause|
|2019||Society Pride of India Honour|
|1995||Filmfare Best Actress Award, 1942: A Love Story|
|1996||Filmfare Best Actress Award, Akele Hum Akele Tum|
|1997||Filmfare Best Actress Award, Khamoshi: The Musical|
|1999||Filmfare Best Actress Award, Dil Se..|
|1999||Star Screen Award Best Actress, Dil Se..|
|2012||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil, Mappillai|
|2019||News18 Reel Movie Awards, Best Actress, Lust Stories|
More About Manisha Koirala
The considerably one of the most beautiful actresses of her era, Manisha Koirala is a social activist, as well one who fights violence against women and the trafficking of Nepalese girls. She has contributed as a co-writer to a book: Healed, the story of her battle against ovarian cancer. Manisha Koirala is known for her free-spirited personality who is bold along with beauty. A philanthropist and an activist for the social cause, Manisha has closely seen death who overcame it. Thus, after this victory, her purpose in life has become more clear to her.
As in 2020, the India-Nepal border dispute, her tweet had brought her to a controversial side. As, she expressed through her tweet that she expects the countries to solve the dispute with calm negotiation, the Indian media accused her of siding up with Nepal despite she won her stardom from the fellow nation.
Spreading love, kindness, and knowledge Manisha Koirala not only stood out her absolute grace but also opened up the warm side of her which has upraised her respect among those whose heart is ruled by her. Manisha, who was fond of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt during her younger days, can be portrayed as a devoted and versatile artist, an activist of good cause, and an unforgettable glittering star.
Some Facts of Manisha Koirala
- She is an export dancer in Bharatanatyam and Manipuri
- She likes traveling
- She likes to play basketball
- Her dearest tourist destination is Kashmir and London.
- Her favorite movies are ‘Masoom’, ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’ ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’, ‘An Officer and a Gentlemen’.