Manisha Koirala

  1. Karisma Kapoor, Dil To Pagal Hai, India, 1997. Lahore director Yash Chopra had a hard time finding his Nisha. Manisha, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Shilpa Shetty and Raveena Tandon all turned him down. What did they know? Karisma won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
  2. Mamta Kulkarni, China Gate, India, 1998.      “Manu” quit the historical actioner – rather than get lost among the most extras ever hired for a Bollywood movie. “I refuse to be a doormat to any man. I will never allow anyone to push me around. I am my own mistress.”
  3. Rani Mukherjee,  Nayak: The Real Hero, India, 2001.      Director S Shankar did not want Manisha repeating her 1999 Mudhalvan role.
  4. Nayanthara, Sivaji, India, 2007. For Bollywood, the casting saga of the Sivaji girls matched a Bond Girl hunt. Seven stars jostled for the titular gangster’s moll (from Aishwarya Rai to Ayesha Taki) and six more for the Balleilakka dance number: from Bipasha Basu to Shilpa Shetty.
  5. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Raavan, 2010. A bandit leader snatches the wife of the policeman who killed his sister… and they fall in love. Finally, rhe roles were played by Mr and Mrs Abhishek Bachchan: Abhi kidnapping his own wife!

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