Manisha Koirala is one of the most sought-after actresses of the 90s. The Nepalese beauty had seen her share of success, fame, stardom and adulation. However, it was her battle with cancer that changed everything in her life. She transformed as a person and has learnt to value life more than ever. She refuses to take life for granted and wants to enjoy every moment of it. Now, the actress is back to work mode and is all set for her film Dear Maya. She has also bagged a pivotal role in Rajkumar Hirani’s film starring Ranbir Kapoor.Also Read - Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor's Wedding Postponed Yet Again By Over An Year, Here's Why

Manisha will be seen as Nargis Dutt, Sanju baba’s mother in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic. In a candid interview with Bombay Times the veteran actress reveals how she felt when was offered this role. Manisha said, “I was thrilled. I adore Raj’s (Rajkumar Hirani, director) work.There’s a positive twang to every situation in his films. I’d seen the rushes even before I joined the cast.I must say, Ranbir (Kapoor) has done a fantastic job as Sanjay. To top it all, I was offered Nargis’ role.I wish the entire film was based on her (laughs), but it’s based on one of my favourite co-stars, so it’s okay .It’s a huge responsibility to play Nargis because people remember her vividly.” (ALSO READ: Ranbir Kapoor – Alia Bhatt start shooting for Ayan Mukerji’s Dragon and here are all the EXCLUSIVE details!) Also Read - ‘Flashes Of Time’! Some Unseen Pictures Of Amitabh Bachchan-Ranbir Kapoor From Sets Of Brahmastra

This is the first time Manisha will be playing a mother onscreen; did she have any apprehensions while taking up the role and the actress quipps, “I am apprehensive about all the work coming my way. In your 40s, you are too old to play the hero’s love interest and too young to play the typical celluloid mother. As an artiste, I am looking for roles that allow me to act, but without the tag of mummyji and didiji. I wouldn’t have taken up Raj’s film if it had been a typical mummy role.” (ALSO READ: Ex-lovers Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone almost twinned at the airport and made heads turn (View pictures) Also Read - Football: Manisha Kalyan Defies All Odds; Scored Dream Goal Against Brazil

So how did Manisha prepare to play Nargis in the biopic? “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,” says the actress.