Manisha Koirala
Manisha B. Koirala (born August 16, 1970) is a Nepali-Indian
Nepali Indian
Nepali Indian are people who are citizens or full-time residents of India whose ethnic origins lie fully or partially in the South Asian nation of Nepal...

 actress who works in Indian films, as well as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador
UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador
UNFPA Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates of the United Nations Population Fund and use their talent and fame to advocate for the human right of reproductive health.-Current Goodwill Ambassadors:...

 and social activist
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. Koirala has primarily worked in Hindi cinema, though she has appeared in several Tamil
Tamil language
Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamil people of the Indian subcontinent. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and in the Indian union territory of Pondicherry. Tamil is also an official language of Sri Lanka and Singapore...

, Telugu
Telugu language
Telugu is a Central Dravidian language primarily spoken in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, where it is an official language. It is also spoken in the neighbouring states of Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa and Tamil Nadu...

 and Malayalam films as well. She is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam and Manipuri
Manipuri dance
Manipuri dance is one of the major Indian classical dance forms. It originates from Manipur, a state in north-eastern India on the border with Myanmar . In Manipur, surrounded by mountains and geographically isolated at the meeting point of the orient and mainland India, the form developed its own...


Making her acting debut in the Nepali film
Cinema of Nepal
Nepal does not have a very long film history but the industry has its own place in the cultural heritage of the country. Most Nepali films use Bollywood-style songs and narrative and are shot on 16-millimeter film...

, Pheri Bhetaula
Pheri Bhetaula
Pheri Bhetaula is a 1989 Nepali romantic film. The cast includes famous bollywood star Manisha Koirala and Prakash Adhikari.After this movie Manisha Koirala started career in Bollywood.-External links:...

in 1989, Koirala made her Bollywood
Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai , Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; it is only a part of the total Indian film industry, which includes other production centers producing...

 debut in 1991 with Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. His most notable films include Kalicharan ,Karz , Hero , Meri Jung , Karma ,Ram Lakhan ,Saudagar , Khalnayak , Pardes and Taal...

's top-grossing drama, Saudagar.

"I can't play chulbuli roles all over again. Give me roles like I had in Company and Escape from Taliban and I will happily do them. I came from nowhere, made a mark. I am happy. Looking back there are no regrets."

I won't do decorative roles even if they are a part of hit films.

In Nepal, where I come from, people die for their beliefs. I can never compromise on my principles. I can't play games to get roles.

I guess being an extremist proves harmful and that's why my relationships haven't lasted.

I wish I could be like other actresses who claim they haven't kissed even at the age of 27!

I can't see myself changing nappies and cooking dinner for too long. I'm too independent to live off a man's earnings.

I refuse to be a doormat to any man. I will never allow anyone to push me around. I am my own mistress.