Having stayed away from the public eye for five long years, actor Manisha Koirala is finally making a comeback in films.
After battling cancer and sailing through a failed marriage, the 46 year old says the tough phase in her life has taught her a lot. “I have stopped living in the fear of what others will think of me. That is a wrong way to live. I want to live fearlessly,” she says, and adds, “And honestly, after coming out of a near death situation, when I look back, I don’t really value people’s opinion. I do respect them,but it should not encroach into my idea of living because it’s my life.”says Manisha with a glint in her eyes and a smile.
The actor, who has made a comeback in the film Dear Maya, feels nobody leads a perfect life and goes through heartbreaks and emotional breakdowns. However, she admits that she’s been through extremes. “What can I say? Maybe I am the chosen one,” she laughs. Manisha married Samrat Dahal, a Nepali businessman in 2010 and the two got separated in 2012, the same year when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Ask her if she feels a void in her life after spending years alone, battling the deadly disease, she says, “I feel I probably had a void before, and to fill that void, I kept on searching and knocking at the wrong door, so I don’t want to make that mistake again.” She says that she is now sure she doesn’t want to remarry, and that she no longer needs a man in her life to complete her. “Only if somebody can add value to my life, he is welcome.
I don’t need a person to create confusion in my life or shake my situation because after surviving cancer I’ve realized that life is precious,” she says.