Acknowledged for realistic and contemporary cinematic performances, Manisha Koirala is an Indian actress of Nepali origin. Born on 16th August, 1970 in Kathmandu into a well known political family, Manisha Koirala is a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and also supports a number of social causes. Manisha’s grandfather, Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, and uncles, Girija Prasad Koirala and Matrika Prasad Koirala have served as the prime ministers of Nepal. Manisha’s brother Siddharth Koirala is also an actor and the two have appeared together in Manisha Jha’s ‘Anwar’.
Manisha attended the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi and Vasant Kanya Mahavidhyalaya in Varanasi while staying with her grandmother in Varanasi. Manisha Koirala holds proficiency in classical dance, particularly, Bharatnatyam and Manipuri dances. Besides appearing in Hindi films, Manisha has also worked in a few Tamil language films. Manisha Koirala has also earned a diploma in filmmaking from New York and is the member of an independent documentary filmmaker's society.
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Manisha Koirala started her cinematic journey with a 1989 release Nepali film, Pheri Bhetaula. She plunged into bollywood with Subhash Ghai’s family drama ‘Saudagar’ opposite Vivek Mushran. The film became a box office hit and Manisha was flooded with film offers. In her debut film, Manisha got an opportunity to work with veteran actors Dilip Kumar and Rajkumar. Manisha was next seen in a series of flop films like ‘First Love Letter’, ‘Yalgaar’, ‘Insaaniyat ke Devta’, ‘Anmol’, ‘Dhanwan’, ‘Sangdil Sanam’ etc. Manisha’s pioneering performance was seen in her consecutive blockbuster hit films, Vidhu Vinod Chopra's ‘1942: A Love Story’ and Mani Ratnam's Tamil film ‘Bombay ‘, which was also dubbed in Hindi. Vidhu Vinod Chopra's ‘1942: A Love Story’ won five Filmfare awards and became a mega hit. Manisha Koirala received her first Filmfare Best Actress nomination for ‘1942: A Love Story’.
National Film Award winner ‘Bombay’, based on the Bombay riots of 1993 was screened at a number of international film festivals. The critically acclaimed film ‘Bombay’ became the turning point for Manisha Koirala’s career, earning her the Filmfare Best Performer (Critics) Award, Filmfare Best Actress Award (Tamil) and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. Manisha Koirala then appeared in a number of successful films like the Telugu film ‘Criminal’, Mansoor Khan’s ‘Akele Hum Akele Tum’ opposite Aamir Khan, ‘Agni Sakshi’ opposite Jackie Shroff and Nana Patekar, ‘Khamoshi: The Musical’ opposite Salman Khan, Tamil film ‘Indian’ opposite Kamal Hassan and ‘Gupt: The Hidden Truth’ alongside Bobby Deol and Kajol.
Manisha Koirala’s ‘Akele Hum Akele Tum’ earned her the Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination while she received Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance and Star Screen Award for Best Actress for her riveting performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial debut ‘Khamoshi: The Musical’.
Manisha Koirala is known for her consistency and genuineness of performance. Manisha has portrayed strong dramatic characters in movies like Mani Ratnam’s award winning ‘Dil Se’ opposite Shahrukh Khan, RGV’s ‘Company’ opposite Ajay Devgan, Rajkumar Santoshi's ‘Lajja’ alongside an ensemble cast, and Shashilal Nair’s ‘Grahan’ alongside Jackie Shroff. Manisha Koirala won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for ‘Company’ and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for ‘Dil Se’.
Manisha Koirala also starred in blockbuster hits like Indra Kumar’s ‘Mann’ opposite Aamir Khan and Milan Luthria’s ‘Kachhe Dhage’ opposite Ajay Devgan. Her performance in low budget parallel cinema film ‘Escape from Taliban’ garnered the BFJA Best Actress Award. Despite the failure of her next few films, Manisha Koirala’s stature in the Indian cinema could not be harmed.
In the year 2006, the King of Nepal honoured Manisha Koirala with the Gorkha Dakshin Bahu for her achievement in the Indian Film Industry. Manisha is currently working on a Tamil film ‘Mappillai’ and a Hindi movie ‘Aap Ke Liye Hum’.
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