Manisha Koirala at the peak of her career
There's something about Manisha Koirala that has always amazed me. How can someone with so much raw talent, natural beauty and such an authentic personality peak at such a young age? Many speculate that it could be alcohol, drugs or bad relationships, but the truth is no one will ever know happened and why.
Regardless of what took place in Manisha's personal life that caused her to stay away from films (or cause filmmakers to stay away from her, which is also possible) what you can't take away from her is her brilliant body of work. From Khamoshi and 1942 Love Story, to Bombay and Dil Se, Manisha put her soul into each role and it left us rooting for her and wanting to protect her both on screen and in real life.
You also can't take away her beauty. No matter how many years it's been. To me she was the embodiment of a sensuous, mysterious woman who at the same time seemed so innocent and pure. She was someone both your grandma would like and your guy friends would drool over. There was something about her ethereal face, her glowing skin and that smile, which is what most people remember about her. Her smile started at her eyes and ended at her lips. It was so radiant you couldn't help but be convinced that whatever was making her smile that way that was true and good.
Something tells me we haven't yet seen the last of Manisha. Here's hoping she'll dazzle us again on the big screen someday soon! Until then enjoy these photos of Manisha at her prime.