Manisha Koirala

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Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala (born 16 August 1970) is a Nepali actress who mainly appears in Bollywood, though she has also worked in several South Indian and her native country's films. Noted for her acting prowess—Koirala is the recipient of several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards—and is one of India's most popular actresses.

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Background

Manisha made her Bollywood debut with the blockbuster drama Saudagar (1991). This initial success was followed by series of commercial failures that failed to propel her career forward. The 1994 box office hit 1942: A Love Story marked a turning point in Koirala's career, earning her praise and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The following year, she received critical acclaim for portraying an ignored wife in the musical Akele Hum Akele Tum and a riot-victim in the Tamil drama Bombay; the later won her the Best Actress and Critics Best Actress awards at Filmfare.

Koirala established herself as a leading actress of Indian cinema with acclaimed roles in the top-grossing productions Agni Sakshi, Khamoshi: The Musical (both 1996) and Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997). She subsequently gained wider recognition for portraying a range of characters, including a terrorist in the war drama Dil Se.. (1998), a traffic accident victim in the drama Mann (1999), a struggling wife in the social drama Lajja (2001), a gangster's girlfriend in the crime drama Company (2002), and a Bengali writer Sushmita Banerjee in the drama Escape from Taliban (2003), all of which garnered her critical acclaim as well as several Best Actress awards and nominations. After appearing in another series of box-office flops, she starred as an adulterous wife in the Malyalam drama Elektra and a Kashmiri Muslim in the anthology film I Am (both 2010). She took a break from acting in 2012, and returned with the psychological thriller Chehere: A Modern Day Classic (2015).

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