Manisha Koirala has been one of the best Bollywood actresses of all time. She made her Bollywood debut in 1991 with Subhash Ghai’s film Saudagar and soon made her name as one of the top stars.
But do you even she had to face the wrath of Bollywood in her initial years? Yes, that’s true.
Manisha Koirala who celebrates her 50th birthday today was just 24 when she featured in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s cult classic 1942: A Love Story. While giving a screen test for the film, she was called a terrible actress by Vidhu who also used the word “sh*t” for her.
According to PTI, In her memoir, Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life, Manisha Koirala has described the incident. “I remember my screen test for 1942: A Love Story. Veteran filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra had called me to do a scene. But to my disappointment, at the end of it he remarked: ‘Manisha, you were sh*t. You’re a terrible actress,’” she wrote.
But guess what? She took this as a challenge and got the role in his film. Manisha requested Vidhu to give her a time of 1 day and a chance to audition again. She practised her lines very hard after going home. So much so that even her mother got scared and told her not to kill herself over a rejection.
Next day when she gave audition to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, he was left speechless and decided to replace her with Madhuri. “If this is the heart and soul that you promise to put into each scene of my movie, I will sign you up instead of Madhuri Dixit. Manisha, yesterday, you were at zero. You are at a hundred today.”