I felt like an alien af­ter chemo­ther­apy: Man­isha

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Ac­tor Man­isha Koirala (right), who was di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian cancer in 2012, talks about the dras­tic change in her ap­pear­ance af­ter her treat­ment. Asked whether as an ac­tor she was wor­ried about her looks af­ter chemo­ther­apy, she says, “I knew about my hair loss, but was not sure of my looks. At times, af­ter sur­viv­ing a dis­ease like cancer... peo­ple’s looks change. All I knew was that I had to men­tally pre­pare to fight it and I got huge sup­port from my fam­ily. Af­ter my chemo­ther­apy, I lost my hair, eye brows and lashes. Looking at the mir­ror... I felt like an alien.”

How­ever, the ac­tor says that the fear of death was more ter­ri­fy­ing than los­ing hair. “Chemo is the way to kill cancer cells, so I told my­self it’s OK if I lose my hair. So, for me, the big­ger fear at that time was of death,” she adds.

Dur­ing her ill­ness, many Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Sal­man Khan and Gul­shan Grover, reached out to her fam­ily to ask about her health. The film in­dus­try wel­comed her af­ter her cancer bat­tle, she says.

Man­isha, who’s known for her roles in films such as Bom­bay (1995), and 1942: A Love Story (1994), is now back to work. Shar­ing the story be­hind bag­ging the role of Nar­gis Dutt in the San­jay Dutt biopic, she says, “I was fo­cus­ing on my health, as some of my body cells were dam­aged. I was in Nepal then, when I got a call from Ra­juji (di­rec­tor Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani). He told me about the film and my char­ac­ter.” The film stars Ran­bir Kapoor as San­jay.

Peo­ple’s looks change af­ter cancer. I had to men­tally pre­pare to fight. Af­ter my chemo­ther­apy, I lost my hair, eye brows and lashes MAN­ISHA KOIRALA, AC­TOR

PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT

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