‘I DON’T CARE ABOUT CELEBRITY STA­TUS’

...says ac­tor Man­isha Koirala, who has worked with al­most all the lead­ing men in Bol­ly­wood, and is now keen on work­ing with younger ac­tors as well

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

Ac­tor Man­isha Koirala’s (left) come­back film, Dear Maya, af­ter a hia­tus of five years, might have fiz­zled out with­out much noise, but that cer­tainly hasn’t de­terred her spirit. Man­isha is all set to work with ac­tor Ran­bir Kapoor in an up­com­ing biopic, based on ac­tor San­jay Dutt’s life.

For some­one who has worked with al­most all the lead­ing names from the fra­ter­nity dur­ing the ‘90s, in­clud­ing the likes of Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sal­man Khan, Anil Kapoor among oth­ers, it must have been a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence team­ing up with the cur­rent breed of ac­tors.

“I find th­ese young ac­tors hard work­ing and fo­cused. Ran­bir is one of the finest tal­ents we have in our [film] in­dus­try. And I be­lieve it’s not about se­nior or younger co-stars. For me, it’s al­ways great to share screen space with good ac­tors,” says Man­isha, who worked with new­comer Shreya Chaud­hary in Dear Maya.

Man­isha adds that she doesn’t be­lieve in giv­ing too much of a thought to who her co-ac­tors are in a film, as each one turns out to be dif­fer­ent. “I don’t re­ally care much about the celebrity sta­tus (of her co-ac­tors) be­cause hon­estly, it’s the by-prod­uct of the orig­i­nal thing, which is ta­lent and the ca­pac­ity of the ac­tor,” she says, point­ing out that she ad­mires Alia Bhatt from the younger gen­er­a­tion of stars.

“She’s [Alia] just so bril­liant and su­per-tal­ented. I loved her in Udta Pun­jab and Dear Zindagi. I thought she was flaw­less and I’d love to work with her some­day.”

Man­isha doesn’t shy away from con­fess­ing that she had to pace up to be at par with the chang­ing times and her pres­ence on so­cial me­dia is an out­come of that. “I am still strug­gling with it. I have a young team of peo­ple man­ag­ing my so­cial me­dia and it’s their show ... they know what to do and they guide me on what will work best for me,” she adds.

I be­lieve it’s not about se­nior or younger co-stars; it’s al­ways great to share screen space with good ac­tors MAN­ISHA KOIRALA, AC­TOR

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