Man­isha con­tests the term ‘come­back’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@kukreja.com

Af­ter stay­ing away from the pub­lic eye for five years, ac­tor Man­isha Koirala re­cently made her come­back on screen with the film Dear Maya. She will be seen next as Nar­gis Dutt in the un­ti­tled biopic on ac­tor Sanjay Dutt’s life (where Ranbir Kapoor plays Dutt’s part). How­ever, she her­self doesn’t like the term “come­back ac­tor”. “See, I don’t mind what­ever peo­ple call me now. I’ve stopped wast­ing time on these small things,” says Man­isha, who has bat­tled can­cer. She adds that as long as she gets mean­ing­ful roles, noth­ing else mat­ters.

Man­isha worked with some of the big­gest male stars in Bol­ly­wood in her hey­days as a lead­ing lady, and she feels it’s un­fair that when a male ac­tor does a film af­ter a break, there’s none of this talk of a “come­back”. Sadly, she adds, “that’s the trend all over the world”. How­ever, she adds that the “times are chang­ing”.

“I hope more movies are made for women and we also get equal op­por­tu­ni­ties, so that there’s noth­ing like a come­back for any­one,” says Man­isha. She’s also glad to see that the qual­ity of Hindi cin­ema is bet­ter now, com­pared to the time when her ca­reer be­gan. “As an ac­tor, I think the stan­dard of film­mak­ing has only risen in all these years. Ear­lier, we had set for­mu­las, so there was no growth in terms of sto­ry­telling,” says Man­isha. “Now, not only is a va­ri­ety of movies be­ing made, but they also turn out to be fi­nan­cially suc­cess­ful. [Also] I’ve seen a lot of re­al­ism come into cin­ema in terms of per­for­mances; ear­lier, there was a lot of melo­drama.”

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