Manisha Koirala: I like Kangana’s acting, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone they are at par with us!
Do you think that the industry is much more professional now then it was earlier?
Obviously yes. The Industry is much more professional now and this is a good change. The best thing about this generation is that they’re much focused, they’ve sense of professionalism and there is high competition. Everyone is trying to give their best, be it their figure or fashion or anything else. There is a lot of hard work now then it was earlier. Earlier the cinema was relaxed. People were of forgiving nature. If you do one bad film then they wait for a good film to come but currently there are no chances of doing a bad film because the competition is tough and the bars are high. First of all, choosing to work with good directors is the first step. And as I love my work I need to know today’s trend. I don’t wish to stick to the older times. I can’t do what I used to do in my 20s. I need to know what the younger generations are doing. What type of movies they’re doing, quality of their acting, cinema and narrative. So with changing times we should also evolve towards something new. You have to constantly upgrade yourself if you want to keep working. The best thing in today’s time that women have actually learnt to speak their mind and even men accepted it and appreciated it. I think this is great aspect of the current generation.
Did you interact with Sanjay Dutt while you were shooting for the film?
Honestly I never had any interaction with him. We just used to talk on sets. And he was always very charming, very friendly and fun loving person. He is the man of heart, he never be calculative while speaking things out. He’ll speak up what he actually feels. Even Rajkumar Hirani didn’t read much about him. He had done many films with him so he actually knew what Sanjay had gone through. When I saw the trailer of SANJU I was shocked that he has actually gone through all that. So even I was as clueless as everyone else.
Sanjay Dutt has definitely watched the trailer so what was his reaction when he saw you as Nargisji?
As soon as he watched the trailer he posted on social media that I look exactly like his mom. He is such a generous person and he has gone through a lot of struggle in his life and came back as a hero. People has accepted him back. He has come back to where he was. To see him and to work with him was a great thing.
Coming from a political family, how much difficult was it for you to get into this industry?
In those days getting into Bollywood was not a fair thing for girls. My mom and dad both were against it. Earlier the magazines used to portray the negative side of Bollywood such as casting couch. But my grandmother supported me. She was head of the family and once she supported me none could stop me from entering the industry.
Who are your favourite actors in this new generation?
There are actresses who are really magnificent, I really enjoy Kangna’s acting, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone. Not superior to us but yeah they’re at our level. They’re really very talented and very hardworking. You can’t take that away from them.
You’re an inspiration for the other people you feel that once you get some disease and you’re over. So what you’d like to suggest such people?
We Humans have got enormous strength within us. All of us are god’s children and we’ve got the power to achieve what we want. We just need to have the fire in the belly to want that. I was really starving at one point of time. I really wanted my strength and my health back. I’m trying my best to keep my health at a proper place. Every one of us should keep working hard to get what we are desiring for. But on the same hand we should leave few things in the hands of destiny, God and universe in whatever we believe in.
As the film is set to hit the theaters in few days what are your feelings?
I am excited as well as nervous, I really hope people like the film it’s made with so much love and warmth.
What made you do a Sanjay Dutt’s biopic?
Initially I was very nervous doing the biopic looking at my health history and looking at Nargisji’s health history. But later on when Hirani sir said that he do not dwell too much into that and when I got to know the entire scene I was very keen and excited. I’m so glad that I did this film.
How well did you know Nargis ji?
I didn’t know her at all. I never had a conversation with her. I really got to know her when I started with the research work for the film. Hirani sir had some documentaries to show and then gave me the book to read. But before this I really didn’t knew her.
Your co-actor Ranbir Kapoor is hardly 10 to 12 years younger than you so was it difficult to play a role of his mother?
Initially I also thought of something like this on the same lines, but then I realized that I’m not actually playing the role of Manisha here, instead I’m playing the role of Nargis Dutt and even Ranbir is playing the role of Sanjay Dutt. So from that perspective it was fine.
Ranbir is all praise for you, what do you have to say about him?
I think he is a very a hard working actor and seeing him perform is magical, He is a phenomenal actor. I think he is the best of his time. I’ve gone through few rushes from the movie and Oh god he has completely nailed it and I’m pretty sure that he will be loved by all the viewers as well.
Did you connect with the role of Nargis?
Not actually. Far earlier when my movie BOMBAY was released at that time Sunil Dutt ji called me and told me that I reminded him of Nargis ji. At that time I was feeling blessed like Nargis is a legendary figure, so for me at that age getting such compliment was a great feeling. I had no clue that years later I’ll be getting an opportunity to act as Nargis. Honestly I’m one of them who don’t know their part unless they get a feedback. I just did my best and I was trying to feel what Nargis ji felt. I didn’t know how well I performed unless I get the feedback. But after getting the positive response I felt so damn good.