Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala is one of India’s leading film actors. Born in Nepal, Koirala made her Bollywood debut with Saudagar in 1991 and went on to establish herself in films such as 1942: A Love Story, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Bombay, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dil Se, Mann, Lajja, and Company. She took a break from acting in 2012 to return five years later with the coming-of-age drama Dear Maya, Netflix’s Lust Stories, and Sanju. She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999 and 2015, and was involved in the relief work after the Nepal earthquake. She promotes causes such as women’s rights, prevention of human trafficking, and cancer awareness. Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and has been cancer-free since 2015.

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