Acclaimed Film Personality
Manisha Koirala is a well known Nepalese actress known for her work in Indian cinema, as well as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and social activist. She has appeared in several Nepali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films as well. She is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam and Manipuri dancer.
Born in the politically prominent Koirala family of Nepal, she made her acting debut in the Nepali film Pheri Bhetaula (1989). A year later, Koirala made her Bollywood debut with the top-grossing drama Saudagar (1991). She went on to establish herself as one of the leading actresses in the mainstream films such as – 1942: A Love Story, Agni Sakshi, Gupt, Mann, Bombay, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dil Se, Lajja and Company. She has won the Filmfare Critics’ Award thrice and has received four nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress so far.
She was awarded “Nepal’s Humanitarian Ambassador” at the We Care for Humanity’s 3rd Global Officials of Dignity Awards. She is actively involved in social work, specifically working with organisations to promote women’s rights, prevention of violence against women, and also to prevent the human trafficking of Nepali girls for prostitution.
After her cancer treatment she intends to use her celebrity status and personal story to inspire others who are battling the dreaded disease. Koirala has advocated the need for an official Earth Anthem for the planet supporting the efforts of Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K in this direction.