JAIPUR: Bollywood actress and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala inspired the audience of Jaipur Literature Festival by sharing her true life story on how she survived cancer.
While sharing her story, she also quoted from her recently launched book ‘Healed- how cancer gave me a new life’. Unraveling her survival saga, she said: “When I was ill, I wanted to hear positive stories of people who have fought this battle successfully. But sadly there weren’t many reported stories out there. But I sought inspiration from Yuvraj Singh and Lisa Ray’s cases. This became my reason for penning the book down”.
She also splendidly talk about her book ‘Healed’, which explains the journey of survival. In a separate interaction with the press, she disclosed her future plans as well. The 48-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, went in for treatment and was declared cancer-free by mid-2014.
“I am thankful to all the people who have read my book,” said Koirala. On whether Bollywood supported her through her illness, she said that some people did but she is grateful to her family for being there for her. Manisha, known for her unforgettable roles in '1942: A Love Story', Bombay, 'Khamoshi', also talked about her colleagues in Bollywood Irrfan Khan and Sonali Bendre, and why today celebrities want to share their stories openly without any inhibition.
According to her, the cancer journey changed her view of her life. “The disease came as a teacher to me. It made me realize the value of my family, my health and my surroundings. If one is not healthy, one can’t enjoy any aspect of one’s life,” she said. On getting to know about the disease, she said she couldn’t think much and felt a mountain on her head. “But I was determined to win against it. At every step I had to feel courageous, face the consequences and fight my fear,” she added.
The success of her fight against cancer came as a spiritual gift to her and she says that it made her aware of her own mortality. She advised the audience to look after themselves and lead a healthy lifestyle. She concluded her speech with a big piece of advice that if you have a good and healthy lifestyle, then you won’t need to visit the doctor. UNI