Why Manisha Koirala needs to make a comeback in films
August 16, 2013, 2:00 pm
Considered as one of the leading heroines of 1990s, Manisha Koirala has in her career delivered some amazing performances in various films.
The actress who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, is all set to make a comeback in movies post recovery.
Manisha splashed on the big screen with Subhash Ghai's 'Saudagar' opposite Vivek Mushran. Both actors were Ghai's discovery. While Vivek Mushran failed to make a mark in Bollywood, films offers poured in for Manisha post the success of the film.
A remake of 'Kramer VS Kramer','Akele Hum Akele Tum' had Manisha playing an aspiring, ambitious singer whose career is cut short due to motherhood and marriage. How she takes the bold step to leave her husband and son to pursue her dreams and later gets united with her family forms the rest of the story.
One of the most sensitive portrayals in Manisha's career came in 'Khamoshi-The Musical' where she played a singer who puts her career behind to take care of her deaf and mute parents until she meets an young musician (Salman Khan) who makes all her dreams come true.
In '1942:A Love Story' Manisha played Rajjo an innocent girl who falls in love with Naren (Anil Kapoor) and how they are separated due to circumstances. Rajjo's character is seen evolving from an vulnerable girl to a woman who becomes a revolutionary.
Mani Ratnam's poignat 'Bombay' had Manisha playing a Muslim girl falling in love with a Brahmin boy(Arvind Swami). The film talked about the Bombay riots of 1993 and how love and humanity is beyond caste and religion.
Manisha also worked with Mani Ratnam in 'Dil Se'. The film which also featured Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, the film talked about terrorism in North East India. The actress played a ULFA terrorist in the film and was lauded for her restraint performance.
In Rajkumar Santoshi's 'Lajja', the actress played Vaidehi, an NRI who leaves her husband after she finds out that he is cheating on her and embarks on a journey back to India to find her true callling. She meets a few incredible women in India at different places who have been dealing with various societal stigmas to live an independent life and draws inspiration from each one of them. Manisha won the Filmfare Critics Choice award in 2001 for this role.
'Agnisakshi' was a remake of 'Sleeping With The Enemy' which had Manisha playing a battered housewife who leaves her abusive husband to start a new life with a new identity.
In Ram Gopal Varma's 'Company' Manisha played Saroja, a mafia don's girlfriend. Although her role was limited, critics loved her performance which had shades of grey in it.