Reel revival for Indira
Manisha Koirala is changing her nose. Don’t worry — she’ll only add some make-up to look convincing in the title role of N. Chandra’s forthcoming film, tentatively called Indira Gandhi. The film, based on the late Prime Minister’s life, gives Manisha a role she’s "dying to do".
“I’ve read up all the biographies on her, surfed the Net, read her interviews and articles published on her and taken copies of her picture before I start filming,” says Manisha. Interestingly, Perizaad Zorabian plays Indira Gandhi in Bandung Sonata and Amotje Mann’s Hawayein, based on the 1984 riots, also has references to Mrs Gandhi.
Manisha follows Suchitra Sen’s footsteps, who played a character in Gulzar’s Aandhi that was supposedly inspired by Mrs Gandhi’s life and times. "I grew up idolising Mrs Gandhi. She was such a strong woman. The idea of playing this role is scary because she’s not a fictional character, but I am working very hard at it," she says.
Her experience of turning producer with Paisa Vasool has made her wiser: "I never realised how stars exploit producers until now. Also, as a producer, I’ve learnt to cut costs without compromising on quality."
She only has Anjaane and Market in hand, but that’s how she prefers it. "Once Indira Gandhi begins I won’t take on any work. I want to do roles of substance now. I’ve done enough fluff for money," says Manisha.