Manisha was born in the Nepali Koirala family on August 16, 1970. Her dad, B.P. Koirala, was Nepal’s Prime Minister before her birth, while two of her paternal grandfather’s brothers, Girja Prasad Koirala, and M.P. Koirala were also Nepali Prime Ministers during the 1990s.

Manisha grew up with her paternal grandmother in Varanasi, India. She studied in Vasant Kanya Mahavidhyalay. Then she re-located to New Delhi and was enrolled in Army Public School. After completing her school, Manisha had planned to study medicine and become a doctor.

Instead of becoming a doctor, fate led her to modeling, and then onto the tinsel screen in Nepal in a 1989 movie ‘Pheri Betaula’. She then re-located to Bombay and debuted in a Bollywood movie titled ‘First Love Letter’ which was released in 1991.

Manisha is engaged to Christpin Conroy, the Australian ambassador to Nepal

Manisha Koirala made her debut as an actress in a Nepali movie Pheri Bhetaula (1989). Her debut in Bollywood was with the hit Saudagar (1991) about two lovers caught in a family feud. Her role as Rajjo opposite Anil Kapoor in 1942: A Love Story (1994) was again a critical and commercial success.

In 1995, she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for her role in Bombay (1995). She played a Muslim woman who marries a Hindu man and they get caught in the communal riots in Mumbai. In Akele Hum Akele Tum(1995) she played a woman who is forced to choose between her husband and her career.

Her release in 2002, Ek Choti Si Love Story got caught up in a lot of controversy as Manisha Koirala accused the director of using a body double without her permission. She continued to experiment as an actress and was seen in Escape from Taliban (2003) which was based on a true story.

After studying film making in New York, she directed the movie Paisa Vasool (2004) in which she starred along with Sushmita Sen. The movie had an average run. She did not have any major hits. Some of her movies were Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005), Anwar (2007), Sirf (2008) and Khela (2008).

In 2009, she has appeared in Partho Ghosh’s Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De with Jackie Shroff and Farah Khan’s Happy New Year.

 

Films Done By Manisha Koriala

  • 1989 Pheri Bhetaula Unknown Nepali
  • 1991 Saudagar Radha Hindi
  • 1991 First Love Letter Radha Singh Hindi
  • 1992 Yalgaar Meghna Kumar Hindi
  • 1993 Insaaniyat Ke Devta Nisha Hindi
  • 1993 Anmol Anmol Hindi
  • 1993 Dhanwan Imli Hindi
  • 1994 Yun Hi Kabhi Pooja Hindi
  • 1995 Bombay Shaila Banu Tamil Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Tamil)
  • 1995 Anokha Andaz Reema Hindi
  • 1995 Guddu Salina Gupta Hindi
  • 1995 Ram Shastra Anjali Sinha Hindi
  • 1995 Akele Hum Akele Tum Kiran Kumar Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
  • 1997 Gupt: The Hidden Truth Sheetal Choudhry Hindi
  • 1997 Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein Suman Hindi
  • 1998 Yugpurush Sunita Hindi
  • 1998 Salaakhen Item number Hindi
  • 1998 Achanak Pooja Hindi
  • 1998 Dil Se.. Meghna Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
  • 1998 Maharaja Shaili Mathur Hindi
  • 1999 Kachche Dhaage Rukhsana Hindi
  • 1999 Lal Baadshah Kiran Hindi
  • 1999 Laawaris Anshu Mehra Hindi
  • 1999 Jai Hind Sheetal Hindi
  • 1999 Mudhalvan Thenmozhi Tamil
  • 1999 Kartoos Manpreet “Mini” Kaur Hindi
  • 1999 Mann Priya Verma Hindi
  • 1999 Hindustan Ki Kasam Roshanaara Hindi
  • 2000 Khauff Neha Hindi
  • 2000 Baaghi Rani Hindi
  • 2000 Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Manisha Hindi
  • 2000 Champion Sapna Khanna Hindi
  • 2001 Grahan Parvati Shastri Hindi
  • 2001 Chhupa Rustam: A Musical Thriller Nisha Hindi
  • 2001 Lajja Vaidehi Hindi
  • 2001 Aalavandhan Sharmilee Tamil Simultaneously shot and released in Hindi as Abhay
  • 2001 Moksha Ritika Sanyal Hindi
  • 2002 Company Saroja Hindi Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
  • 2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Vasundhara Divya Hindi
  • 2002 Ek Chotisi Love Story The Woman Hindi
  • 2002 Baba Chamundeswari Tamil
  • 2003 Escape from Taliban Sushmita Bannerjee/Sayed Kamal Hindi
  • 2003 Calcutta Mail Sanjana Hindi
  • 2003 Market Muskaan Bano Hindi
  • 2004 Paisa Vasool Maria Hindi Also producer
  • 2004 Tum – A Dangerous Obsession Kamini Hindi
  • 2005 Chaahat – Ek Nasha Mallika Arora Hindi
  • 2005 Mumbai Xpress Ahalya Tamil Simultaneously shot and released in Hindi in the same title
  • 2005 Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story Jahan Ara Hindi
  • 2005 Anjaane – The Unknown Shivani Hindi
  • 2006 Darwaza Bandh Rakho Julie Hindi
  • 2007 Anwar Anita Hindi
  • 2008 Tulsi Tulsi Hindi
  • 2008 Nagaram Item number Telugu
  • 2008 Sirf….Life Looks Greener on the Other Side Devika Hindi
  • 2008 Mehbooba Varsha/Payal Hindi
  • 2008 Khela Sheela Bengali
  • 2009 Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish Juhi Hindi
  • 2010 Ek Second… Jo Zindagi Badal De Rashi Hindi
  • 2010 Dharmaa Gauri Nepali
  • 2010 Elektra Diana Malayalam
  • 2011 Mappillai Rajeswari Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress (Tamil)
  • 2011 I Am Rubaina Hindi
  • 2012 Bhoot Returns Namrata Hindi
  • 2015 Chehere: A Modern Day Classic Tarana Hindi
  • 2016 Game Maya Kannada / Tamil Tamil version titled Oru Melliya Kodu
  • 2016 Edavappathy Sumithra/Mathangi Malayalam
  • 2017 Dear Maya Maya Devi Hindi
  • 2018 Lust Stories Reena Hindi Anthology film
  • 2018 Sanju Nargis Hindi
  • 2019 Prassthanam Sukmini Pratap Singh Hindi
  • 2020 Maska Diana Irani Hindi
  • 2020Films that have not yet been released 99 Songs TBA Hindi Post-production

 

Television Done By Manisha Koriala

  • 2000 Sawaal Dus Crore Ka Co-host
  • 2003 Larger Than Life Herself Documentary
  • 2015 Femina Miss India 2015 Judge
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