I Will be Shuttling Between India and Nepal After Marriage - Manisha Koirala

By Dibyojyoti Baksi

Mumbai, May 2 (IANS) Bollywood diva Manisha Koirala, who is all set to tie the knot with Nepali businessman Samrat Dahal June 19, says she will definitely have a home in Nepal after marriage and looks forward to spending more time with her parents too.

"I have thought of going back to Nepal and spending more time with mom and dad. Just to be with them, give them moral and emotional support. I was planning that when I happened to meet my would-be husband," Manisha told IANS in an interview.

"His name is Samrat and he has done his MBA from the US. Now he is a businessman in Nepal. We have known each other for a while and then our families also met and finally we decided to get married," she said.

Asked if she would settle in Nepal, she said: "I will make a home in Nepal. I have a home here. So I will be shuttling between the two countries."

Manisha is the granddaughter of Nepal's first elected prime minister B.P. Koirala.

Her wedding might be just months away, but she is almost equally excited about her next film "Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De" in which she plays a complex role. Directed by Partho Ghosh, the movie releases June 4, just ahead of her marriage.

Talking about her character in the film, Manisha said: "It's not a double role but shows two characters within a single person. One side of the character is very submissive and docile and innocent. The other side of her is very strong. She is decisive just like women of today's world. I am playing two shades of the same character. It's quite an interesting concept you know."

This is her third film with director Partho Ghosh.

"I have done 'Agni Sakshi' and 'Yugpurush: A Man Who Comes Just Once in a Way'. I knew dada (Ghosh) has innovative ideas...The script is fantastic. It was lovely working with him," the actress said.

Manisha, who has worked in acclaimed films like Mani Ratnam's "Dil Se" and "Mumbai", Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Khamoshi" and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's "1942: A Love Story", has been seen less on the big screen in recent times. Asked the reason, she said she needed to make some space for herself too.

"Working for over 17 years, I wanted some space out for myself. I was in search of that. That's why I worked less and spent time travelling abroad," she said.

The actress is known to be choosy while picking roles and is always on the lookout for something she hasn't done before.

"Something that is new, something that I haven't done before, something that keeps me on my toes. I was really excited to do Deepti's (Deepti Naval) film 'Do Paise Ki Bhook, Char Aane ki Barish' where I am playing a street prostitute. I was very excited about it because that would be a great experience for me as an actor. Any actor...I think all of us...crave to do something that we haven't done before," Manisha said.


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