The 44-year-old actress, who is best known for her unconventional roles in films like 'Bombay', ‘1942- A Love Story' and 'Dil Se', was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years back. She, however, has overcome the disease.

Stating that life has become more beautiful after the illness, Koirala said, "I have touched death with my illness. That phase has changed me. Today, every sunset, every handshake is valuable for me. But I do not want that to define me. I don't want my illness to become social conversation."

The actress has become a crusader for those who suffer from cancer by creating awareness about the disease.

"There is a big psychological pressure when you have cancer. There is always this fear of the disease coming back. If my position of being a celebrity helps the cause, I would surely do my bit,” said the actress.

"Fear exists every day of my life, but that has never stopped me from facing my demons. I want the cancer survivors, especially the women to stare back and 'own up' rather than 'give up'. Let us not make cancer a life and death situation," Manisha said.

The actress shared that she is writing a book on her life and has also developed a keen interest in painting.
"I am working on my book that will detail the crucial events in my life, and most importantly what I have taken from those events. It will be about how I see life now. I am also working on my NGO and have discovered the joy of painting, “she said.

Manisha, who hails from Nepal, made her debut in Bollywood with 1991 film 'Saudagar'. She later went on to work with directors like Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Santoshi.


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