Actor Manisha Koirala is one of the most popular actors of the 90s who rose to fame after her debut film Saudagar in 1991. Although she starred in several films, filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s Bombay is still considered one of her best performances. However, she once revealed that she was told not to sign up for the movie in which she played the role of mother during her prime time in Bollywood. (Read also | Farah Khan is unrecognizable in this vintage photo with Manisha Koirala, see here)

“When I was offered Bombay, people told me not to do it because I played the role of a mother when I was in my twenties and they thought I would get grandmother roles in the next 10 years. But I listened to the other wiser people tell me it would be foolish to turn down a Mani Ratnam movie. I’m glad it helped me in the bargain,” PTI quoted Manisha as saying in 2018.

Directed by Mani Ratnam, Bombay played Manisha opposite Arvind Swami. The film is based on an interfaith couple in Bombay and their struggle before and during the Bombay riots after the demolition of the Babri Masjid. It was released a year after Manisha’s yet another hit movie 1942: A Love Story, starring Anil Kapoor.

Manisha was last seen in the Sanjay Dutt biopic, Sanju. In the film, she played the role of Ranbir Kapoor’s mother. She was also featured in Netflix’s Maska. Directed by Neeraj Udhwani, it also featured Javed Jaffrey, Nikita Dutta, Prit Kamani and Shirley Setia. According to reports, the actor is likely to be part of Kartik Aaryan’s upcoming Shehzada.

On going back to work, Manish, who once battled cancer, said she wants to take it easy. “We’re in an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ business, so you’re busy all the time. I had those tendencies initially in my career. Now I am aware that I will not enter that room. When you are in your twenties, you have more energy and zeal. But when you’re 40, you’ll want to do it at a slower pace. Your world view changes, you become a different person,” she told PTI news agency.


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