I Had A Major Crush On Sanjay Dutt: Manisha Koirala
Bollywood’s 90s era leading actress Manisha Koirala, who plays the late legendary actress Nargis Dutt in the film “Sanju” – a biopic on Sanjay Dutt- has revealed that she had a "major crush" on Sanjay Dutt when she was a child.
Manisha will be seen essaying the role of the late legendary actress and Sanjay Dutt's mother Nargis Dutt in his biopic titled Sanju, who too was diagnosed with cancer but succumbed to her illness at a very young age.
Manisha Koirala was very pleased to do the role of Nargis in the film. “When the poster featuring Manisha as Nargis ji smiling over Sanju, played by Ranbir Kapoor, came out, everyone could not stop raving about the uncanny resemblance. However, no one was more shocked than Sanjay, himself. We were shooting in Lucknow for Prasthanam and that time the poster had released. He saw the poster and said, 'Manisha, what a resemblance man! Such a good resemblance,'" Koirala humbly recalled.
Manisha is very happy abouth the overall response of the film, "I was extremely happy. I'm a person who is nervous until I start getting feedback because all my life, I have been like that. I got a great feedback. People, who loved the songs and the posters. I felt a hue of relief but until then, I was a nervous wreck."
On being asked whether she took any advice from Sanjay since she was playing his mother in Sanju? Manisha said, "Not really because one Sanju had given a full free hand to Raju sir and secondly when a director is telling a story or making a film, he has a complete picture of each and every actor's entire language, emotional graphs and everything. I didn't want to confuse that. I wanted to go completely on par with what his expectation was. The only person that I went and kept listening to is Rajkumar Hirani.”
Manisha and Sanjay have worked in various films like Kartoos, Baaghi, Achanak, Khauff and Mehbooba. As they have known each other for decades, we asked Manisha on the changes she sees in Sanju and the actress was all praises for him.
"He was always a boss. As a child when I was in school, I was his fan. He was the only actor ever that I was a fan of. As a child growing up, I had a major crush on him. Then, I got to work with him. He, in fact, teased me during one of my shoots saying, 'Why don't you have a crush on me now?' So I said, 'Now, you are my colleague. There's no messing around there.' We just laughed it off. I've always have had a fondness and warm feelings for him. I have known him over the years - we have done five or six movies, and he has been the person who is totally all heart. He trusts people and sometimes he can trust wrong people and that would lead him into trouble. He's all heart and kind. Now that I see him, he has gone through so much in his life. He's gone through so much of unimaginable pain and struggle. I see that it has been made him a far stronger person. He was always loving, there's no change for that. He's kind, which was always there - that's not changed. He has become a much superior actor also. There is a kind of inner strength which I see in him now," Manisha candidly revealed.
Manisha Koirala is amongst those crop of the 90's evergreen leading ladies who starred in some of the most memorable movies with impeccable performances such as 1942: A Love Story, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Bombay, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dil Se.. and Mann. (Pinkvilla)