Having recently launched her book Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life, Bombay fame actress Manisha Koirala credits her brilliant performances in the last year releases Sanju and Lust Stories to her battle with cancer. Her book launch was attended by several film industry friends of her including Rekha, Anupam Kher, Jackie Shroff, Bhagyashree, Mahesh Bhatt, Imtiaz Ali and Dia Mirza. Not just has the Nepal-born Bollywood actress kept herself occupied with working in movies but also in writing about her battle against cancer and with inspiring many lives through her motivational talks.
In a recent interview with a leading news organisation, Manisha was asked whether her approach towards acting has changed, to which she said, “I am more mindful of everything now. Yes, I have experienced life and that way I can say that winning the battle (against cancer) has perhaps made me a better performer. I know that these days, when I hear a story and read the character that I would perform, I go a bit deeper into it, I try to connect with the mind of my character, and there is certain nuance I look for.”
Vidhu Vinod Chopra had too pointed out her growing attention to detail. Manisha, who has featured in films like 1942 A Love Story, Mann, Khamoshi and Dil Se… in the past, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Having under gone treatment, the 47-year-old actress, who now looks radiant as ever, said, “Now when I look at a script, I do not look at the length of my role. All that matters is how substantial the character is in the narrative. I won’t mind then even if it is a role of five scenes.”
Explaining the reason behind her optimism, the actress told IANS smilingly, “At times everything falls into the right place at the right time, and destiny plays a part in making it happen. We all have our living time on the planet and no matter what we do, we will live only till that much time. When I was going through the treatment, and also afterwards, I was taking care of my body as much as possible and then I surrendered to the Almighty and said that I embrace whatever is destined. Since the doctor cannot confirm anything, we have to accept whatever is there in our life. Instead of feeling upset about it, I lived it through… I am living. It is life, so as long as you have it, live it.”
Having fully healed now, Manisha recalled an incident from the past and said, “When my treatment was on, I was living in New York. One of my cousins, who was living in Los Angeles, contacted me. Earlier, we were not that close. But during this time, we were constantly in touch with each other… She passed away, and see I am alive. It really made me think that God must have a plan and my life has a purpose. Now, I am not only healed but also found my purpose of living. I am trying to utilise my living hours in a productive manner.”
On the professional front, the actress was last seen playing Sanjay Dutt’s mother Nargis Dutt in his biopic Sanju featuring Ranbir Kapoor. She has recently finished shooting her upcoming film, Prasthanam, in which she will playing Sanjay Dutt’s on-screen wife.