Bollywood surprises Manisha

Yesteryear Bollywood beauty Manisha Koirala who spellbound viewers during her time, is tight lipped about rift in her married life and though speculations are high that she is on verge of parting ways with her husband, to the surprise of many she sported a bindi. On her personal front she says “I don’t want to talk about it,” the actress states flatly. But, perhaps wanting to clear the air about her reported marital woes, she adds, “I have not moved to Mumbai, but I share my time between India and Nepal. I am setting up my new home in Nepal.”

Manisha is clearly excited about the prospect of her bollywood comeback and sharing her views on that she says “I have recently completed Deepti Naval’s “Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Barish”, in which I play a streetwalker. Then there is a Malayalam film directed by Lenin. Actually, these roles suit my age. Now, I cannot think of appearing in mainstream cinema, running around trees wearing frocks,” she shrugs, and adds, “I want to carve my career similar to Shabana Azmi’s, where the roles should be challenging enough to convince me to face the arclights.”

Remembering Golden memories of her early days with Raveena,Karishma,Sridevi and Madhuri ,she is awed by the sea change in bollywood. Commenting on that she says “We used to concentrate on the roles then, but now it is size zero that predominates,” she rues. Even off screen, things are different says she. “The other day, I got a call from Tabu, and we talked at length about the good old days. After completing our work, my gang – Pooja Bhatt, Urmilla Matondkar and Raveena Tandon – and I used to hang out together. But now we don’t hear of all this. Instead, it’s the cat fights that are heard of more often.”