In the 70 mm world of Bollywood, Manisha Koirala has laughed, cried and danced through many roles. But back home in Nepal, she is keen to play a new one, a part in the national politics.
Manisha’s father Prakash Koirala, who was a minister in 2005, told the Hindustan Times on Sunday, “She is a very political person and may join Nepal’s politics any day.”
Being political may come natural to a Koirala. Manisha’s grandfather B.P. Koirala was the first democratically elected prime minister of Nepal. His brother Girija Prasad Koirala is the current prime minister. So, if there is something called a political gene, then Manisha may well have inherited it.
Prakash, however, refused to give a timeframe for Manisha’s joining politics. “Let her decide when to join politics.” he said. If the date is vague, the party she would join is vaguer still. The Koiralas have always been associated with the Nepali Congress. However, in the past six months, Prakash’s open dissension has led to his marginalisation in the organisation. Moreover, he and his family are no longer close to Prime Minister G.P. Koirala.
Manisha may float a new political party and politically rehabilitate her father or join the Nepali Congress. Her last visit to the Himalayan nation was in August to celebrate her 36th birthday.
The Nepalese are waiting for Manisha’s younger brother Siddharth Koirala’s debut film Anwar that will be released this month. But his sister’s entry into Nepal’s political theatre will be something that will be watched equally keenly.