After acting in Bollywood and the South Indian film industry for nearly 22 years, Manisha Koirala is now turning director. "I’m in the process of finalising a subject for my directorial debut. I’ll also be co-writing the screenplay," says Manisha, adding that the film will not be a typical ‘masala potboiler’. "It’ll be more of a docu-drama or a fictional story inspired by real-life incidents, something that Mani sir (Mani Ratnam) does a lot in his films."
The actor, who recently did her diploma in filmmaking from New York, has put all decisions on hold till her forthcoming film, I Am, releases on April 29. "I want to finalise the subject once I come back from I Am’s promotions," says Manisha, who arrives in the city from Nepal today.
"A little bit of me will be reflected in the film I will direct, but it’s not going to be a biographical tale."
For the role of a Kashmiri in the Onir-directed film, the actor spent considerable time learning the dialogues in the respective language."I play a girl who is filled with pain and restrained in her conversations," reveals Manisha, who fell in love with Kashmir in the five days she was there.
Though the actor, who is now married to businessman Samrat Dahal and lives in Nepal, has cut down on the her film assignments, she doesn’t mind the change.
"I get to do all that I always wanted to. I’ve started painting; my house is 10 to 15 minutes away from the main city and is peaceful and quiet. I get a lot of time to explore my creativity. I’m living my dream life," says Manisha, ecstatic.
She will also be seen in two South Indian films called Maapilai and National Award-winning director Shayamaprasad’s film Electra, apart from Rohit Kaushik’s Badalte Chehre.