Manisha Koirala Celebrates Heeramandi’s Success As A Turning Point In Her Life Post-Cancer

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala reflects on her transformative journey post-cancer and praises 'Heeramandi' as a game-changer in her career and personal life.

Indian actress Manisha Koirala — on cloud nine with the triumph of ‘Heeramandi’ — penned a heartfelt note expressing how this project has become a “game-changer” both professionally and personally. Reflecting on her journey post-cancer and crossing the threshold of 50, Manisha shared a candid glimpse into the profound impact of this series on her life.


She posted pictures from the series and wrote a poignant caption delving into her awe at being part of a Screenshot from Manisha's postsignificant project like ‘Heeramandi’ at the age of 53. She expressed immense gratitude towards the evolution in the entertainment industry, particularly the rise of OTT platforms that have empowered actors, technicians, and professionals with substantial roles and recognition.


She wrote, “I could never have imagined that after cancer and turning 50, my life would flower into this other phase. Two reasons: 1. ‘Heeramandi’ has been a significant milestone. As a 53-year-old actor who has bagged an important role in a high-profile web series, I am overjoyed that I’m not stuck playing insignificant peripheral roles, thanks to OTT platforms and changing audience profiles. Finally, female actors, technicians, and other professionals have started getting the long overdue and well-deserved good quality of work and respect in a professional environment. I am fortunate to be a part of this evolving era.”

“2. Today, when I am receiving so many accolades, I can’t help but remember the doubts and anxiety that plagued me when I was about to start shooting. Still recovering from the dreaded C, would my body be strong enough to deal with the intense shooting schedules, heavy costumes, and jewellery, and perform a role requiring so much nuance and effortless effort?”

One of the pivotal moments Manisha highlighted was the physically demanding fountain scene, a testament to her unwavering dedication and resilience. This sequence, portraying a harrowing ordeal in the character’s journey, tested Manisha’s endurance as she immersed herself in a water fountain for over 12 hours. Despite the challenges and exhaustion, she found solace in knowing that her body stood strong amidst the rigorous demands of the shoot.

A scene from Heeramandi

Signing off with words of encouragement, Manisha urged everyone facing doubts or setbacks, to persevere and remain hopeful. “To you, who think your time has come and gone, whether it’s due to age, illness or any setback, never give up! You never know what could be waiting for you around the bend!”

Her post resonates as a beacon of resilience and determination, inspiring others to embrace new opportunities and never lose hope in the face of adversity.

During the promotions of ‘Heeramandi’, Manisha reminisced about her reunion with Sanjay Leela Bhansali after nearly three decades, expressing sheer delight and anticipation for the project. She praised Bhansali’s illustrious career and the joy of collaborating with him once again, highlighting the thrill of receiving a compelling role after a prolonged wait.

Heeramandi’, a captivating saga set against the backdrop of the declining British Raj, has garnered acclaim for its portrayal of the struggles and aspirations of courtesans seeking dignity amidst societal upheavals. With a stellar cast and Bhansali’s directorial finesse, the Netflix series has emerged as a compelling narrative that resonates with audiences, marking another milestone in Manisha Koirala’s illustrious career.