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Always Wanted To Do Both Off-beat, Commercial Films, Says Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala plans to have a relaxed approach towards work and weigh in on her options.

Updated:June 25, 2018, 4:50 PM IST
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Always Wanted To Do Both Off-beat, Commercial Films, Says Manisha Koirala
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Always Wanted To Do Both Off-beat, Commercial Films, Says Manisha Koirala

Mumbai: In the second phase of her career, Manisha Koirala says she plans to have a relaxed approach towards work and weigh in on her options.

Manisha's sabbatical from work came after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. She took a five-year break to recuperate and returned to the big screen with "Dear Maya".

Currently, she is awaiting the release of Sanju, a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt in which she plays Nargis Dutt, and basking in the critical acclaim coming her way for Lust Stories.

"I don't intend to overwork myself. I intend to take it easy - work hard when it's required. I am having the best time of my life," Manisha told PTI.

There was, however, a phase when the actor found herself doing too much without the required satisfaction in return. "I've been there done that. We are in a profession of 'out of sight out of mind', so one tends to be all the time on a roll. I had those tendencies initially in my career.

"Now I'm mindful about not getting into that space. When you're in your 20s, you've more energy and zeal. But in your 40s, you want to take it at a slower pace. Your world view changes, you become a different person," she says.

Manisha's career was defined by taking on films which were branded risque.

In the 1990s, the 47-year-old actor featured in memorable films like Bombay, 1942: A Love Story and Khamoshi: The Musical.

"I wanted to do both off-beat and commercial films. When I was offered Bombay, people told me not to do it because I was playing a mother's role in my 20s and they thought in the next 10 years I'd be getting grandmother roles.

"But I listened to the other, wiser people who told me it'll be foolish to refuse a Mani Ratnam film. I am glad it helped me in the bargain," she says.



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