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MANISHA KOIRALA
Date of Birth 16-08-1970
Nationality Indian
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Manisha B. Koirala (born August 16, 1970) is a Nepali-Indian actress who works in Indian films, as well as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and social activist. Koirala has primarily worked in Hindi cinema, though she has appeared in several Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films as well. She is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam and Manipuri dancer. Making her acting debut in the Nepali film Pheri Bhetaula (1989), Koirala made her Bollywood debut with the top-grossing drama Saudagar (1991). She went on to establish herself as one of the leading actresses with such mainstream films as 1942: A Love Story (1994), Agni Sakshi (1996) and Gupt (1997).

Recognised for her acting prowess, Koirala was noted for her performances in films like Bombay (1995), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Dil Se.. (1998), Company (2002) and Elektra (2010). She has won the Filmfare Critics' Award thrice and has received four nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress so far. Although box-office collections of her films have varied considerably, critics have noted that her niche as an actor remains unharmed irrespective of her commercial potent.Off-screen she is frequented in the media as being a "controversy’s child" with her bohemian stance and candid comments often described as "outspoken" and "bold".

Early life and background

    Main article: Koirala family

Manisha Koirala was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, into the politically prominent Koirala family to Prakash Koirala and Sushma Koirala. Her grandfather Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala was the Prime Minister of Nepal during the late 1950s-early 1960s, as well as two of her late great-uncles, Girija Prasad Koirala and Matrika Prasad Koirala. She studied at Vasant Kanya Mahavidhyalaya (VKM), Varanasi until Class X. She stayed with her grandmother in Varanasi during her studies. After passing tenth standard she shifted to the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi (APS).Her ambition was to be a doctor, but a modelling stint opened a career path into Bollywood.Her brother Siddharth Koirala is also an actor, and collaborated with her once in the film Anwar.In 2004, she returned from New York after receiving a diploma in filmmaking. She became a member of an independent documentary filmmaker's society.


Career
1980s

Her first film was Pheri Bhetaula (We Shall Meet Again), a Nepali movie released in early 1989.


1990s

Her first Hindi movie was Subhash Ghai's Saudagar in 1991. The film proved to be a good beginning, as it was the biggest hit of the year.She starred in a number of unsuccessful films during 1992-1993 until Vidhu Vinod Chopra's love saga 1942: A Love Story (1994) and Mani Ratnam's Tamil drama Bombay (1995) came out.[ Her performance in the latter was particularly appreciated and won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. She was also seen in more commercial films, such as Mansoor Khan's romantic musical Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) opposite Aamir Khan. Her role of Kiran, an ignored wife who leaves her husband and child in order to fulfill her singing talent and subsequently becomes a popular star, earned her a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.


Personal life

On June 19, 2010, Koirala married Samrat Dahal in a traditional ceremony held in Kathmandu. The couple spent their honeymoon in Finland. They met through the online social networking website, Facebook. She was reportedly engaged in 2001 to Crispin Conroy, the former Australian ambassador to Nepal, but they broke up later. There were also reports of her dating American speaker and author, Christopher Dorris, but that relationship also ended.


Social work

In September 1999, Koirala was appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador. She is actively involved in social work, specifically working with organizations to promote women’s rights, prevention of violence against women, and also to prevent the human trafficking of Nepali girls for prostitution


Awards

Won

    1996, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil, Bombay
    1996, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, Bombay
    1997, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, Khamoshi: The Musical
    1997, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Khamoshi: The Musical
    2003, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, Company
    2004, Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress, Escape From Taliban
    2006, Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Honoured by the King of Nepal for achievement in the Indian Film Industry

Nominated

    1995, Filmfare Best Actress Award, 1942: A Love Story
    1996, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Akele Hum Akele Tum
    1997, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Khamoshi: The Musical
    1999, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Dil Se..
    2012, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil, Mappillai (pending)

   

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