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Don’t take your health and loved ones for granted: Manisha Koirala

The 90's actor who started off as a rival to Madhuri Dixit but lost focus later is back in news. As a celebrity cancer survivor and now as a campaigner, Manisha Koirala has discovered a new meaning to life. In an interview with Brunch she talks of life after cancer and more.

brunch Updated: Mar 01, 2014 18:22 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
Personal Agenda,Manisha Koirala,actor

If you weren’t an actress, you would have been...

A doctor. difficult it is to be a celebrity cancer survivor?

I don’t know about others, but for me it’s been very difficult because in the past, my bold statements have landed me in many controversies. But now, I am too sensitive about things.

Your biggest strength as a woman.

My self-reliance. I fall back on myself more than anybody else now.

The theme song of your life.

I love music, but I’m yet to finalise a theme song.

If you had the option to choose a film as your debut film, which one would it be?

I feel that Saudagar was the best debut for me. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

A message that you would like to give to anyone suffering from a serious illness.

I firmly believe in mind over matter. Do your best and leave the rest to God.

The best thing about Bollywood is…

That it is a community that loves and supports each other. It’s a bunch of creative and crazy people. I love the energy.

Romance or comedy, which do you prefer?

Both. But I like comedy a little bit more. The Pink Panther and Tom and Jerry are my all-time favourites.

Your 3am friends?

Deepti Naval, and my friends Anupama Adik and Zakia.

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.

Don’t take your good health and loved ones for granted.

You have three minutes to pack for a trip. What do you take? track pants, walking shoes, sunblock, some make-up, my glasses, phone and iPad.

Three skincare products you can’t do without.

Sunblock, day cream and night cream.

What makes your day?

When my loved ones call me or when I’m watching a good movie. It is so therapeutic.

What ruins it?

Pessimistic people.

Your favourite street food.

Even though I’m not allowed to enjoy them any more, I love street food. I love everything from pani puri to sev puri and samosa to chole bhature.

Your strategy in a crisis.

Slow down, breathe deeply, stay silent and move away from the crowd.

The biggest risk you’ve taken.

Life is full of risks and often you have to take them. Just don’t be scared of taking one.

The last line of your autobiography would be…

"I lived a full life."

Birthday: August 16
Sun sign Leo
Place of birth: Kathmandu
Hometown: Mumbai
First break: Saudagar (1991)
Low point of your life: When I was detected with ovarian cancer
High point of your life:Being declared cancer-free in April last year
School/College: The Army Public School, Delhi
Currently I am...
Associated with Sahachari Foundation to spread cancer awareness, planning to start an NGO soon and writing my autobiography

From HT Brunch, March 2

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First Published: Feb 28, 2014 20:51 IST