Manisha Koirala was born to Prakash and Sushma Koirala. Her grandfather, Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, was Prime Minister of Nepal. She studied at Vasant Kanya Mahavidhyalaya (VKM), Varanasi until Class X. She stayed with her grandmother in Varanasi during her studies. After passing tenth standard she shifted to the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi (APS). Her brother Siddharth Koirala is also an actor of Hindi cinema. She became a member of an independent documentary filmmaker's society. Koirala married Samrat Dahal, a Nepali businessman, in a traditional ceremony held in Kathmandu. The couple divorced in 2012. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After fighting cancer and winning the battle, she is actively involved in spreading the awareness about the disease. Her first film was Pheri Bhetaula (We Shall Meet Again), a Nepali movie released in early 1989. Her first Hindi movie was Subhash Ghai's Saudagar in 1991. Her performance on film Bombay was a milestone on her career. In 1996 she received positive reviews for her performance in the drama Agni Sakshi. The film became one of the biggest hits of that year at the Indian box office. In 1997, she played the leading role alongside Kajol and Bobby Deol in the thriller Gupt: The Hidden Truth, which was one of the biggest hits that year. She went on to collaborate once again with acclaimed director Mani Ratnam, and starred in his film Dil Se.. (1998) opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Her role received similarly good reviews, and earned her several award nominations including the Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination. In 2000 she hosted the TV show Sawaal Dus Crore Ka on Zee TV alongside Anupam Kher. In 2002, she starred opposite Ajay Devgan in Ram Gopal Verma's Company. The film was a critical success and she won her third Filmfare Critics' Best Actress Award. In 2010, she made her foray into Malayalam cinema with Shyamaprasad's Elektra. She also acted in her native Nepali-language film, Dharmaa, after a gap of 22 years since her first film. In 2011 Koirala appeared in Mappillai, her first Tamil movie in 5 years. In 2012, she was re-teamed with director Ram Gopal Verma for his 3D horror film Bhoot Returns which is a sequel to 2003 hit Bhoot. In December 2009, she served as the Jury member in the fifth edition of Dubai International Film Festival. Koirala was appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador. She is also involved in the relief works after the Nepal earthquake 2015. Her upcoming movie is Oru Mellisana Kodu.
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