When we come across a biographical tale of an actor or actress, we come across many interesting, surprising and shocking anecdotes of their lives. One such anecdote that left many shocked was this! Manisha Koirala, who decided to reveal her courageous tale of her battle with cancer in Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life, shared an incident when she not only got rejected for 1942 – A Love Story but also about how she was called a terrible actress by filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Everyone would be aware that R D Burman composed chartbuster song ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ was picturized on Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor as the latter fondly describes her immense beauty and sweet nature in the lyrics. And probably, we can’t imagine anyone else playing her demure yet strong role in 1942 – A Love Story. But did you know she got rejected for it? In her book, Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life, the actress revealed that when she gave her first audition for the film, director Vidhu Vinod Chopra dismissed it, adding that she was a terrible actress.
The actress took this rejection in the right spirit but did not give up! She requested the filmmaker for a second chance and asked for twenty four hours. The actress maintains in her book that the warrior princess in her was challenged and she was determined to do it. She stated that she rehearsed the lines again and again passionately until her mother was quite distressed seeing her in this state. And the next day she put up a performance that left Chopra stunned.
In fact, Vidhu Vinod Chopra went on to state that if this is the kind of heart and soul she would put in every scene of the film, he will replace Madhuri Dixit and sign her for the film. And that is exactly what happened.
As for 1942 – A Love Story, the film is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of social and political unrest during the pre-Independence era.