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Manisha Koirala on her childhood in Delhi: We’d visit Bengali market to eat sweets

Actor Manisha Koirala, in a tête-à-tête, shares fond memories of the time she spent in the Capital during her childhood.

bollywood Updated: Sep 08, 2017 19:28 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
Actor Manisha Koirala studied at Army Public School in Dhaula Kuan.
Actor Manisha Koirala studied at Army Public School in Dhaula Kuan.

Every visit to Delhi refreshes actor Manisha Koirala’s fond memories of growing up in the Capital. “I do have a long association with Delhi,” said Manisha, who was in the city to lend her support to Hausla 2017-Fight against Cancer by the Grameen Sneh Foundation.

“I studied at Army Public School in Dhaula Kuan, and before that I was in Nursery and KG at Apeejay School. In between I was in Benaras. We lived in Bengali market (in Delhi), [and would spend time] eating Bengali sweets (smiles). Whenever I live around that area, I go [there]. Sometimes I stay at hotel Taj Palace because it overlooks my school in Dhaula Kuan,” added the 47-year-old.

Manisha’s childhood was spent engaging in cultural activities. “My mom was learning Kathak from Pt Birju Maharaj, and I had the privilege of meeting many artists at the time. I also did a (Alexander) Pushkin’s play at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture.”

Shifting to Delhi from the small town of Benaras didn’t make it difficult for her to adjust, barring one initial hiccup. “I studied in a Hindi medium school in Benaras, and then I came here in an English medium school,” said the actor, who will be seen next in a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt.

Delhi celebs who moved elsewhere due to work often say that the city has changed a lot. But Manisha doesn’t think so. “I don’t feel so much of a difference. I have become older... It feels great to be back and connect, as I have many friends and family here.”

She is a celeb involved in philanthropic activities, and wants to give back to the society. “Cancer awareness has been my priority, because of my own first-hand experience,” said Manisha, who has been cancer-free since her treatment after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

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First Published: Sep 08, 2017 19:28 IST

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