'I will do only a protagonist's role'

'I will do only a protagonist's role'

Her twinkling smile belies her brave and long battle with cancer. But the gorgeous Manisha Koirala who has a sterling record of critically acclaimed work behind her, having successfully fought the disease is all set to make a foray into the film industry once again.

The charming lady talks to Metrolife about the good and bad times that destiny had in store for her.

Drawing strength from her family, Manisha managed to sail through the troubled waters. “I was really in pain and thought I can’t go on, but my mom became my strength and I could fight the disease.”

And unlike other celebrities, Manisha chose to talk about it and “decided to post my pictures when I was bald. A woman doesn’t look bad with a bald head. If you choose to wear a wig, it should be your choice and not because you are looking bad. It was also necessary for me to talk about it, let others know how to stay positive in such times, so that they can benefit from my experience,” she says explaining why she chose not to hide her ailment and still stands tall to support the cause of spreading cancer awareness.

As a part of this mission, she recently participated in the fourth edition of
Design One exhibition organised by Sahachari Foundation in the City.

Facing all questions, Manisha tackled each question candidly.

“It is OK to not live under the constant fear of how people are going to judge you. If there are few haters, a lot people appreciate you as well,” she says about her uninhibited style of living and stark comments which have garnered attention time and again.

“I come from a Koirala upbringing. We are very liberated, educated and conscious women who are very strong. Though my grandfather was the Prime Minister and the first one to start the democratic movement in Nepal, my grandmother was very strong. I come from a family where women are at par, if not better, than men,” she laughs revealing that, “there are few haters who don’t like my honesty but if somebody wants to be
conservative, it is fine.”

Her honesty wins hearts, and one is unable to restrain from complimenting her on her work in Bollywood. “Today when I look back, I feel I was a fairly good actor. But some of my bad performances were overlooked because of the great directors I got to work with,” analyses the actress who got a chance to work with “fine directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Over the years I have learnt the craft and know what to do, but were I in the past now, then I would give 80 per cent of the credit to them!” She bursts into a gentle laughter.

Emphasising that now she is “extremely careful while choosing scripts,” she says “I am tired of getting offers which are not worthy of me. They are always offering me character roles but I am not interested in them. I do a good job and the justice would be only if I do a protagonist’s role. I am capable of carrying the whole film on my shoulders, so why should I do small roles?” she says making it clear that she is not going to settle for anything meagre!

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