Renowned actress Manisha Koirala turned 53 on Wednesday.
Manisha Koirala, born on 16th August 1970 in Kathmandu, Nepal, comes from a family with a notable political background. Her grandfather, Visheshwar Prasad Koirala, served as the Prime Minister of Nepal. Manisha began her career in the entertainment industry with a small role in the Nepali film Pheri Bhetula, which was released in 1989. However, it was her Bollywood debut in Subhash Ghai’s Saudagar in 1991 that brought her to the forefront of the industry. The film featured the iconic song “Illu Illu,” which was picturized on Manisha and Vivek Mussaran. The success of the song and her performance earned Manisha the nickname “Illu Illu Girl” and cemented her place as a rising star in Bollywood.
Back in 1994, a remarkable opportunity knocked on Manisha Koirala’s door. She was offered a role in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film, 1942 A Love Story. Her performance was so outstanding that she was nominated for the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actress. One year later, in 1995, a monumental film in Manisha’s career was released – Bombay. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the film showcased Manisha’s talent and dedication, earning her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. Another notable film in her career was Khamoshi, which was released in 1996 and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Once again, Manisha’s performance was lauded by the critics, and she was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She is indeed an exceptional actress who has left an indelible mark in the Indian film industry.
In 1998, Manisha Koirala once again got the opportunity to work with Mani Ratnam in the film Dil Se. Manisha’s character in this film had grey shades. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for this film. Manisha Koirala was married to businessman Samrat Dahal in the year 2010. However, this marriage did not last long, and in 2012 the couple got divorced.
It was in the year 2012 when Manisha Koirala received the difficult news of being diagnosed with uterine cancer. Despite this, she bravely fought and emerged victorious against the disease. Throughout her illustrious career, Manisha Koirala has starred in several notable films that have left a lasting impact on audiences. These include Yalgaar, Milan, Dushmani, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Agni Sakshi, Gupt, Lal Badshah, Kartoos, Mann, Chupa Rustom, Market, Company, Jani Dushman, Lajja, Champion, Khauff, Baghi, Bhoot Returns, and Dear Maya. Each of these films showcases her exceptional acting skills and versatility as an actress.