Manisha Koirala opens up about cancer journey

BizAsia Correspondent



Manisha Koirala recently opened up about being diagnosed with cancer and how her career began to spiral.

As reported in Indian Express, the actress revealed in an interview that she was fighting the disease for five years and these were the hardest years in her life.  However, they taught her the most important things.

She is due to play Nargis Dutt, in the upcoming Sanjay Dutt biopic, and said, “Well actually, it was painful, the process of going through a low.”

She continued to reveal, “But the thing is I was, let’s say, in some kind of denial, most of us are. But what’s gone is gone. It’s painful”.

Koirala also spoke about the industry, “You know what I have seen not only in Bollywood but the world over is, this is a fact of life. I don’t take these things personally anymore because I have realised that it is rule of life that whatever goes up has to come down. One has to stay dignified about whatever is happening in life. Back then, I was not that mature, I used to feel bad. But now, after battling death, I don’t think one has to take it personally. We all will be dying one day, that has to happen. The actors and actresses 10 years down the line, they will face failure. Fame will go away, people will not have interest in your work anymore. That has to happen. To overcome, all you can do is reinvent and work hard. We have seen Madonna who was at zenith of success, so it’s immature to expect that such fame would remain constant always. What one can do is to have dedication and be compassionate towards your work.”

She went on to say, “There is nothing compared to the feeling of losing life. The moment when you are close to death is nothing but a profound experience.”

This is when the times made her stronger,  “Bad times are hard. Some of us who are fragile or ignorant, bad times can break us. That is what happened to me. But now, when I look back, I have a treasure of knowledge.”

After recovery, Koirala has been appearing in public events speaking about her experiences, with a view to help others, “I feel if I can help them in becoming aware and help them for not going through the pain I went through, one does not need to have cancer to realise worth of life, right? So that’s the reason I am trying to guide and motivate people. It’s like my duty.”

She went on to speak about about having a family, “I wanted to adopt since I was a kid myself. I wanted to have five children from different continents, I wasn’t mature but this is what I used to think that I would have a different family. Now, I am very practical. I will start my family and let’s see. So, I am hell bent on doing a good job of being a mother.”

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