MANISHA PLANS TAKING DIRECTION WORK SOON
The last we all heard of Manisha Koirala was when she was leaving for New York to study but now she is back from New York with a slimmer shape and an education in filmmaking. Shooting for 'Chaahat - Ek Nasha' at Filmalaya Studios in Andheri, Mumbai, Manya is gyrating to a song in a body hugging, flaming red, pantsuit. But she's willing to chat about her personal and professional life, and surprisingly gives some pretty upfront answers.
Excerpts of her interview:
What did you get up to in New York?
I have always loved New York, so when I got the opportunity to study there I grabbed it. I did an eight-week intensive direction course at New York University. I have plans of taking up direction at some point, but I am not prepared yet. It was great fun and a good learning experience. It also opened my eyes to international film making techniques.
We heard that Cecil and you have broken up. Your comment?
Cecil and I are very much together. In fact, he was a great source of emotional strength to me while we were in New York.
Are you and Cecil getting married in December?
No, definitely not this year. We will get married at one point. But it's too early for this year. And I will not run away and get married nor will I hide my marriage. I will tell a few people. It will be very romantic.
What about the link-up with Aryan Vaid?
Aryan is a sweet kid and a friend, but nothing more. These rumors happened because at that time Cecil and I were having trouble in our relationship and almost broke up. I was friendly with Aryan. People mistook
this for an affair.
What next after 'Chaahat - Ek Nasha'?
Well I have been getting offers but I can only do films worth doing. And if I have to wait, I will. Otherwise I will take up scripting, traveling, meeting people. There is so much more to do in life. I have done all the glamorous, song and dance stuff. I am bored with all that. I want to do a film that gives me the liberty of doing something new. I want to work with great directors.
Your production, 'Raja Dil Ka Ghulam' directed by Makarand Deshpande and starring your brother Siddharth, has gone over-budget and has been stalled. Isn't it?
There's nothing of the sort. The film is on schedule. There might have been slight delays but the film will get completed on time.
Why did you choose an offbeat film director for the film?
I have always liked Makarand's style and technique. I chose him because I wanted Siddharth to start with something challenging. Also the script was fantastic so I had to say yes.
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