Manisha Koirala: The Undisputed Talent

Manisha Koirala came from the small country of Nepal and exhibited her talent on the big screens, especially in the Hindi Film Industry. She rose to prominence with prolific performances in the Bollywood and then showered her brilliance on the South Indian Film industry. Although many might argue that her films failed to earn at the Box Office, it was her sheer brilliance that ruled the hearts of the critics for years.

She featured in several films in the Bollywood which were critically applauded and had her in defining roles. She was the only one in her family who chose not to enter the politics of her country, where her family reigned supreme. Instead, she preferred acting in the movies, and her early start with the modeling helped her achieve the remarkable feat in the acting realm.

Manisha Koirala Age, Height, and Other Numbers

Manisha entered the Bollywood with natural beauty and lots and lots of talent. The energy and method she put while playing a character was tremendous. She had a beautiful pair of eyes which had the ability to emote the toughest of expressions. Apart from that, being a model in the initial days of her career, she had a well-carved body which complimented her sharp and beautiful facial features to perfection. We decided to mention the minute of details of Manisha Koirala so that her fans get to know her closely.

Manisha Koirala Body Vitals

Age: 46 years (as in 13th July 2014)

Height: 5 feet 5 inches, 165 centimeters

Weight: 139 pounds, 63 kilograms

Curves: 36-34-38 (all measurements in inches)

Hair Color: Black and Brown

Eye Color: Black

Manisha Koirala Family

Manisha was born in a family which is deeply connected to the politics of Nepal. She was born to Prakash Koirala and Sushma Koirala. Her father, Prakash served as an environment minister in Nepal while her mother is a homemaker.  Her younger brother, Siddharth followed his sister’s footsteps and tried to make a name for himself in the world of acting.

Her grandfather, Bishweswar Prasad Koirala served as a Prime Minister of Nepal for many years during the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s. Her great-uncles, Girija Prasad Koirala and Matrika Prasad Koirala also enjoyed their stints as the prime ministers of Nepal. Koirala spent her childhood with her maternal grandmother who raised her in Varanasi.

Manisha Koirala Biography

Manisha was born on 16th August 1970 in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. However, she spent her entire childhood in India with her maternal grandmother in Varanasi. She was admitted to the Vasant Kanya Mahavidyalaya in Varanasi until she completed her basic schooling education. On completing her 10th, she moved to Delhi and joined the Army Public School. During her early college days, she aspired to become a doctor. But once she got few modeling assignments, she was keen on establishing herself as an actress in the B-Town. According to the actress, she became more independent and strong after leaving in Delhi alone for a while.

The Glimmer of the Glamor World

Koirala first appeared on the big screens in a Nepali movie titled Pheri Bhetaula (We Shall Meet Again) in 1989. She was spotted by Subhash Ghai who offered her a role in the movie titled Saudagar in 1991. It proved to be a blockbuster hit, and the actress’s performance had grabbed the limelight from the other co-stars. This led to Koirala getting many films offers in the consequent years. But none of her films took off at the Box Office, giving a two-year slump to the actress’s career.

The Glory Road

Koirala cemented her place in the B-Town after starring in 1942: A Love Story opposite Anil Kapoor. The movie was a staggering hit and garnered Koirala with positive acclaim from the critics. She followed her good work with another power-packed performance in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil Drama, Bombay just a year later in 1995. She proved her mettle as an actress and was showered with much-deserved credits and accolades for a stellar performance in the film.

By then, Manisha had become one of the most prominent actors of that time. As a result, she featured in back to back movies like Agni Sakshi, Khamoshi: The Musical and Gupt: The Hidden Truth. All these movies fared decently at the Box Office. The most common bright spot in all these movies was a thoroughly professional performance from Koirala.

She once again worked under the wing of Mani Ratnam after the success of Bombay in a film titled Dil Se. The film released in 1998 which had Shah Rukh Khan, Koirala, and Preity Zinta in the lead role. The film, somehow, couldn’t entertain the audiences in India but performed considerably well in the other countries. Critics were full of praises for the movie and the performances which stitched the masterpiece together. Without a doubt, Manisha Koirala let her talent speak for herself and became one of the finest actresses of the 90’s.

In 1999, Koirala had 7 releases owing to her growing popularity as an actress. Only two out of seven had a long lasting impression at the Box Office. Kacche Dhaage, her first release of 1999, was a critical and commercial success. The other movie which deserves a mention was Mann where she shared the screen with Aamir Khan. Both actors were ethical in their performances which were just an indication of future superstars in the making.

Manisha had just 3 releases in 2001. These films had completely separate fates from altogether. Grahan bit the dust while Lajja proved to be a hit at the Box Office. It was the first time in her career that she had shared the screen with Madhuri Dixit and Rekha, two of the shining stalwarts of the industry at that time. Her first outing with Arjun Rampal, Moksha, couldn’t be a successful one either.

She continued her good work as her career progressed to the path of greatness. She was once again brilliant in the movie titled Company where she was cast opposite Ajay Devgn. Ek Chotisi Love Story was yet another beautiful movie in her career. Sadly, the movie was hit by controversy when Koirala accused the director of using her body double in scenes without her consent. Later, the matter went to the court, and the authorities decided to put a stay on the movie.

2003 saw her featured in a couple of low-budget movies. Although down with the budget, Koirala stuck to her ethics of doing challenging roles with much finesse. Escape from Taliban and Market were average grosser at the Box Office. Koirala played a woman-centric role in both the movies and was showered with critical applause.

India’s First Ever Chic Flick and Production Endeavors

Manisha Koirala flew to New York to pursue a diploma course in filmmaking from the New York University. After commencing the course, she came back to Mumbai to make her debut in production with a low budget film titled Paisa Vasool. It was the first ever chick flick in the Indian Cinema where she exhibited her exuberance along with Sushmita Sen. After which, she failed to make an impression like her previous assignments in several releases. She started featuring in movies across all languages after 2011. The best of the regional language film was Elektra which was well-received by the international critics.

After suffering from Ovarian Cancer in 2012, she took a long sabbatical from acting only to come back on the screens with a bang. She started in the female-centric movie, Dear Maya, and continued to woo the audience with an excellent performance. The film garnered mixed reviews from the critics and was an average grosser at the Box Office.

Manisha Koirala Hit Films

  • Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)
  • Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
  • Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
  • Bombay (1995)
  • Dil Se (1998)
  • 1942: A Love Story (1994)
  • Mann (1999)
  • Saudagar (1991)
  • Lajja (2001)
  • Ek Chotisi Love Story (2002)
  • Company (2002)

Manisha Koirala Hit Songs

  • Tinak Tin Tana, Mann (1999)
  • Pyar Hua Chupke Se, 1942: A Love Story (1994)
  • Mera Mann, Mann (1999)
  • Raja Ko Rani Se, Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh, 1942: A Love Story (1994)
  • Bahon Ki Darmiyan, Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
  • E Ajnabi, Dil Se (1998)
  • Aaj Main Upar, Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
  • Badi Mushkil, Lajja (2001)
  • Kuchi Kuchi Rakkamma, Bombay (1995)

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Likes, Dislikes, and More

Favorite Food: Fresh Lime Soda and Strawberry Champagne

Favorite Movies: Masoom, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Kaagaz Ke Phool, and An Officer And A Gentleman

Favorite Color: White

Favorite Destination: London and Kashmir

Favorite Perfume: Skate

Favorite Superstars: Ingrid Bergman, Meryl Steep, Kamal Hassan, and Whoopi Goldberg

Favorite Artists: Begum Akhtar and Mehdi Hassan

Favorite Books: Tintin, Archie, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, The World According To Garp by John Irving, and Fear of Fifty by Erica Jong

Favorite Sports: Basketball

Relationships, Affairs, and More

Manisha Koirala has had a long list of boyfriends throughout her entire career in the Bollywood. It is believed that the beautiful actress was commitment-phobic in the early stages of her career but with time and experience, she wanted to settle down and have a family. To her dismay, she got no one she could dream of having a family until she married Samrat Dahal late in 2010.

It started off with her co-star from her debut film, Vivek Mushran. It was just a matter of time before Koirala started dating Crispin Conroy. He was madly in love with Manisha, and the couple even got engaged in 2000. Somehow, Koirala broke the engagement stating that she wasn’t ready for the marriage. Months later, there were strong rumors that Manisha dated Nana Patekar and was willing to marry him. Unfortunately, Nana stayed loyal to his marriage eventually leaving Koirala heartbroken.

She then started seeing DJ Whosane who helped her battle the emotional hiccups and provided great mental support during her bad time. He was keen to marry the gorgeous actress and the couple even lived in together. But Koirala couldn’t commit to Whosane who left him when he called on the marriage cards.

She dated a Nigerian Businessman, Cecil Anthony, whom she had met in New York. Koirala and he broke up after Aryan Ved infiltrated their long distance relationship. The search of Koirala’s perfect soul mate went on with guys like Prashant Choudhary, Sandeep Chowta, and Christopher Dorris.  None of them stood the test of time. Few broke up due to lack of commitment, and Koirala chickened out a handful of them.


She finally found her soul mate in Samrat Dahal with whom she tied the knot on 19th June 2010. They divorced 2 years later after having scuffles in their marriage.

Manisha Koirala Net Worth

She was one of the highest paid actresses in her prime time. She came in the Bollywood with zero knowledge about the stream and took the industry by surprise with some natural acting and incredible looks. The estimated net worth of Manisha Koirala has calculated at 80 crore rupees approximately.

The Social Media Buzz

Manisha is active on Instagram by the username @m_koirala. She has 137k followers on the photo sharing application. Her twitter handle is @mkoirala and has 999k followers on the short-messaging site. She uses her social media accounts to connect with her fans, spread awareness about Cancer, women empowerment, and several other social issues. She has been insanely active in the social work for the underprivileged people.

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Awards, Accolades, and Recognitions

Manisha has won a plenty of awards in her career for depicting challenging roles in the movies she acted in. She proved her dominance in the industry without coming from a Bollywood background or having a jack in the industry. For a non-Indian girl to enter the industry and take it by storm is a remarkable feat. Therefore, we reflect upon the trophies Koirala has won in her entire career.

Manisha Koirala Awards

  • Smita Patil Memorial Award (1994)
  • Filmfare Award for the best actress-Tamil for Bombay (1996)
  • Filmfare Critics Award for the best performance for Bombay (1996)
  • Filmfare Critics Award for the best performance for Khamoshi: The Musical (1997)
  • Star Screen Award for the best actress for Khamoshi: The Musical (1997)
  • Filmfare Critics Award for the best actress for Company (2003)
  • Phalke Brave and Beautiful Award (2017)

Manisha Koirala came to Bollywood at a very young age with dreams to become the leading actress. With no backing in the industry, she scaled the heights of any given heroine of her time and made it into the history books of the Bollywood. She became one of the prominent figures in the industry and wrote her very own success story. We salute this lady of steel, who came back to pursue her love for acting after being cancer-stricken for a lengthened period. She is a warrior and passes on her courage to inspire a lot of people down with the disease. We are excited to see Koirala in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, where she will play the role of his mother, Nargis.

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