Manisha Koirala, who ruled the big screen in the 90s, is making a comeback on big-screen. The actress, who stayed away from limelight due to her long battle with cancer, will soon begin shooting for Sanjay Dutt biopic.
In the movie, Manisha will essay the role of yesteryear actor Nargis, Sanjay Dutt’s mother. Nargis Dutt too was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before it got the better of her.
“I relive my days of cancer every time I see a survivor even today. The movies will be like revisiting those days again. I am also nervous about it because her memory is so fresh in people’s mind. Having said that, it’s a great opportunity to be playing her,” said Manisha Koirala to a leading daily.
The ‘Bombay’ actress said that she has done a few look tests already, and the team has narrowed in on a certain look that best resembles Nargis.
“We’ve tried the long hair, the short hair. It’s has made me curious of her as a person. I want to know more and I am going to do that by speaking to Priya (Dutt),” she said.
The actress hopes that she does justice to the role.
"It is a great opportunity and honour to be playing Nargis Dutt ji on-screen. She is a legendary figure. I hope I do justice to the chance that is given to me,” she said.
The actress spoke about her dark days and admitted that the experience has given her a new way to look at life.
“I was as ignorant about my situation as anybody else. I didn’t know at the time, if I was going to live or die. I lived in the constant fear of dying. I kept bugging my doctors asking them how long I had to live. But one fine day, I realised that I will have a sword hanging above my head and that I have to get used to it,” she said.
"After that lot of things changed. I understood the importance of health and life and I connected with my soul. I think a person does become weak mentally and emotionally with any disease. But even in that time also one should be strong. I believe in the divine...we all have the strength and courage within us we just have to look for it," she concluded.
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani the biopic stars Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt.
The movie will release this December.