Two days back we saw Manisha Koirala in the trailer of Dear Maya, and we were amazed to see how she transformed herself for the character. The actress is playing the role of Nargis Dutt in the biopic of Sanjay Dutt made by Rajkumar Hirani. A cancer survivor, Manisha is also a motivational speaker for cancer patients at hospitals. The lady says she now finds joys in the small things of life and only wants to take up work that excites her. Manisha was also all praises for current cinema, which is high in content and technical finesse. The lady says she feels the 80s and 90s were a rather mediocre phase for Indian films. In an exclusive interview with Bombay Times, the lady opened up a number of issues.
The lady spoke about her tag of being a 'bold' actress. She said she feels she did nothing bold as far as work was concerned but was always a candid person. She told the publication, "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 was never the timid, compromise-to-get-work type of girl. Yes, I was cornered and conned into doing 'Ek Chotisi Love Story'. As for the cinema today, it's in one of its best phases with great storytellers and fantastic actors who are extremely professional and technically sound. The audience is also open to all kinds of stories. Cinema is a much stronger part of our culture now." People will remember the nasty fight that Manisha had with director Shashilal Nair over the film that dealt with teenage fantasies.
The lady also spoke about how she prepared for the part of Nargis in the film. Manisha said she was happy as she was playing the mom of one of her favourite co-stars. The lady told the publication, "We did look tests and I watched her movies and videos. Also, I rehearsed my scenes thoroughly. I've known about Nargisji as my colleague's mother and a legendary figure. She was a natural beauty, who seldom wore make-up and was effortlessly elegant. I relate to that aspect of her personality."
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