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Manisha Koirala’s back in action with a slimmer, oompher look and three releases this year… and she’s ‘happy’ in love too!

NICOLE DASTUR Times News Network (BOBMAY TIMES; July 18, 2009)

You could call this her second innings. In more ways than one. For Manisha Koirala is back in action with three releases set for this year and a handful more in the pipeline. What’s more, she’s lost oodles of weight and gained loads of oomph. She’s experimenting with film roles and is revelling in love. Life’s sunny, she tells us, even in this dullish weather. We get talking about her upcoming movies. First up is Chehere, where Manisha plays a double role of sorts. “It’s the same character, but placed in two different eras and thus having two distinct looks and two contrasting storylines. From a successful actress of the silent era cinema to a fading actress of modern cinema, it is a complex character,” Manisha states. “It was challenging to find a balance,” she adds. But challenges have never been a setback for the actress (Bombay, Khamoshi, Dil Se, Gupt, Company… just a few of her memorable performances), and she’s hungry for more. There’s also Deepti Naval’s directorial debut Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish and Ek Second… Jo Zindagi Badal De, where she again plays a character who undergoes a complete transformation — “It’s the same girl who leads two different lives.” So, with so much up her sleeve, does she consider 2009 to be her comeback year? “A comeback means you had gone away, but I was right here! I chose to lie low in the middle because the roles I was being offered were not exciting enough,” Manisha candidly admits.

Moving on to the other thing (besides acting, of course) that Manisha has always been in the spotlight for — her relationships. The latest reports on her personal life stated that she was to tie the knot with her American boyfriend Christopher Dorris earlier this year. “That was just wishful thinking on some people’s part! No, I am not married but I am in a steady relationship. I’m happy.” Sunshine through the rain, we told you…