Manisha Koirala: An Actress of Substance

Jul/07/2022 / by Swarnendu Biswas
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An Actress of Substance

Manisha Koirala is a renowned Nepalese actress. She was born in Kathmandu, Nepal to a politically connected family, on 16th August 1970. The age of Manisha Koirala is 51 years.  Manisha has worked predominantly in Bollywood and Tamil film industry.

She had a brief experience in modeling before embarking on her acting career with the Nepali film Pheri Bhetaula (1989). While discussing about Manisha Koirala it must be mentioned that her big break came when she was cast in Subhash Ghai’s Saudagar (1991).

Success in Silver Screen

The success of Saudagar was followed by a string of films featuring Manisha, most of which failed commercially and critically. She eventually established herself in Bollywood with the critically acclaimed 1942: A Love Story (1994), which was directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and with the Mani Ratnam directed Bombay (1995). Bombay is a Tamil-language romantic drama set in the backdrop of Bombay riots of 1992, whose dubbed Hindi version also was a huge commercial success like its original Tamil one. 

Without mentioning of these two films, no biography of Manisha Koirala would have a ring of completeness to it.

1942: A Love Story received 13 nominations at the 40th Filmfare Awards, winning nine of them. Manisha Koirala was nominated as the Best Actress at the 40th Filmfare Awards for the film.

Then there was no looking back for the splendid actress Manisha Koirala. Soon she was seen in lead roles in a number of commercially successful films, which includes Agni Sakshi (1996), Indian (1996), Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997), Kachche Dhaage (1999), among others.

Critically Acclaimed

Her sensitive performance of an ambitious wife who at the same time loves her family in Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) garnered critical acclaim as did her spellbinding performance as a daughter of deaf-mute parents in Khamoshi: The Musical(1996); the maiden directorial venture of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Mani Ratnam directed Dil Se…(1998) is another landmark film in her career.  Mann (1999), Lajja (2001), Escape from Taliban (2003) aresome of the other important films in the remarkable career of Manisha Koirala.

Triumph Against Cancer

Manisha got diagonized with ovarian cancer in 2012.  After a long battle with the lethal disease, she emerged cancer-free in 2015. She told media that the diagnosis and the following treatment changed her as a person and she learnt to embrace joy in small things, which we often take it for granted.

Manisha Koirala took a break from her acting career for five years because of her ovarian cancer, and did feature in some films since 2017. She played pivotal roles in the coming-of-age drama Dear Maya (2017), in the Netflix production Lust Stories(2018), did a small but significant role in the superhit biopic Sanju (2018) and did some other roles, but her acting career post 2017 didn’t take off to any great heights.

A Social Activist

Manisha is actively engaged in various social issues, such as women’s rights, cancer awareness, prevention of violence against women, prevention of human trafficking. Manisha was also involved in the relief works related to April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Though there are no authentic information in public domain about the net worth of Manisha Koirala net worth of her, according to, is 11 million USD.


When did Manisha Koirala start working in films?

She began her journey in films in 1989, with the Nepali film Pheri Bhetaula.

Who is Manisha Koirala’s husband?

She is presently single. Manisha married Samrat Dahal in 2010 and they got divorced in 2012. She had a series of past affairs.

Is Manisha Koirala related to any politician?

She is the daughter of Prakash Koirala, a prominent politician from Nepal, and the granddaughter of Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, who was the Prime Minister of Nepal during 1959 to 1960.

What kind of cancer Manisha Koirala had?

She had ovarian cancer.


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