‘Enjoy it before it is over’: Cancer survivor Manisha Koirala says about life
Cancer survivor and actor Manisha Koirala will be coming back to the big screen with 'Dear Maya'.
Staying true to her penchant for strong roles, the actress will once again be seen in an author-backed role. Directed by Sunaina Bhatnagar who earlier was an assistant director to Imtiaz Ali.
'Dear Maya' tells the poignant tale of a lonely woman Maya, who has an unexpected brush with love when she starts receiving letters from a suitor she met decades ago.
Unaware that the love letters are actually written by two innocent girls who are trying to bring joy to her otherwise dull life, Maya sets out in search of this mystery man.
In an interview, Manisha opened up on the film and more. Excerpts: How did you prepare for the character of Maya?
Sunaina is the writer and the creator of the script. I asked her what kind of situation 'Maya didi' has gone through in her growing up years that she is so fearful of life and people. Once I get the hang of the psychology of the character, then it becomes easier. Then my next step is - how she would be living, what her clothes would be like, her body language and her facial expressions.
You are seen in a de-glam avatar in 'Dear Maya'. Aren't you apprehensive that filmmakers might typecast you in older, de-glam roles?
To this, the actress said, As long as the script is good, I don't mind
Does 'Dear Maya' have any similarities with your life?
No, I actually liked the script a lot. The message of the film is that you should never lose hope and that struck a chord with me. In terms of the films I do now, I want to go beyond what I have already done.
How was it working with the girls, Madiha Imam and Shreya Chaudhary?
Honestly, I didn't interact much with them. They are very bright, beautiful and talented. In this unit, most of the people were young and very focussed on their work. I love working with the younger generation. They possess tremendous energy and positivity; they have so much passion to do it right.
Having emerged triumphant from your battle with cancer, what's your message for everyone out there?
The life we have got is an amazing gift. We tend to not value anything that we get for free. We must enjoy this life, honour it. It means we must live it to the hilt, and keep ourselves happy and spread happiness among others, because we have it today and it will be gone tomorrow. So enjoy it before it is over.