Manisha Koirala: I Was Not Ready To Play Nargis, Ranbir’s Mother In Sanju

Manisha, who still looks charming as ever, had several apprehensions of playing Sunil Dutt’s wife in the recently-released Sanju. In a chat with, she candidly revealed those reservations...

Sanju must have been a homecoming for you...
Absolutely, and it feels great. It was 24 years ago that I did 1942: A Love Story for Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

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So, did VVC call you or was it Rajkumar Hirani?
Raju called, but I wasn't sure if I should do Sanju. However, later when I met Raju and his team, I felt that I should go ahead. He showed me the rushes and narrated the entire treatment of my part.

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What was your hesitancy about?
Many things put together. Nargisji and I have had the same health history, and I didn't want to revisit that phase again.

Secondly, I was not ready to play Ranbir's mother. I had my share of apprehensions. 

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You feared that you might get typecast?
(Laughs) Yeah. It happens because when you cross a certain age, filmmakers come to you with only one dimension. I don't mind playing a mother with a twang or some quirkiness. Typical rona dhona nahin.

For the full interview which has several elements including the ailing Irrfan Khan, watch this space.

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