Manisha to play Sanjay Dutt’s Mom
Sanjay Dutt’s biopic directed by Rajkumar Hirani has been in the news for a variety of reasons. Now, it is the newest addition to the star cast that has made the news. After Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Sonam Kapoor, the 90’s popular actor Manisha Koirala is joining the team. Hirani could not think of anyone but Manisha for the role of Sanjay Dutt’s mother and iconic actor Nargis in the biopic.
In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, he said, “We were thinking of many actresses. And while Manisha is really pretty and a fantastic actress, my primary reason for taking her is that she’s a cancer survivor and, having been through the journey herself, can identify with Nargisji’s fight with cancer. When we met, she told me a little about that journey.” Nargis died at the age of 51 after fighting pancreatic cancer. Manisha too went through a tough battle against ovarian cancer and returned to the silver screen with the bilingual film Oru Melliya Kodu/Game, which released in 2016. Manisha and Sanjay Dutt have romanced on screen in movies like Kartoos, Khauff, Yalgaar among others.