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High on life

After successfully battling cancer,actor Manisha Koirala returns to her Mumbai home to enjoy the rains and resume normal life

I am going to make the rest of my life the best of my life. Home,Love,” reads Manisha Koirala’s status update on Blackberry Messenger,on Thursday,her first morning in Mumbai in seven months. She left for New York in December to undergo treatment for ovarian cancer. From her recent tweets and her conversations with friends from the industry,it is obvious that Koirala longed to be home,at her flat in Versova,and to start a new chapter in life. “Got to know (about) lovely rains in Mumbai. Can’t wait to be on my terrace!”,she had posted on her Facebook page some days ago.

The 42-year-old actor returned to Mumbai on Wednesday evening. She was accompanied by actor Deepti Naval,a co-actor and a friend. According to her friends from the industry,the actor has shown remarkable character throughout the ordeal,gaining mental strength with each passing day.

“She is in a bright,positive state of mind right now. She faced the situation with a lot of grit,and that comes from the many ups and downs she has faced in her life,including her marriage,” says actor Gulshan Grover,who has been in touch with the actor throughout her treatment in the US. A friend and colleague who has known Koirala for about 15 years,Grover had appeared with Koirala in films such as Moksha and Kartoos. He plans to meet Koirala at her residence on Friday.

According to her manager Subrata Ghosh,Koirala will return to the US in August to complete a part of her treatment. That will be followed by regular check-ups in Mumbai. Koirala,however,wants to get back to work soon. She has given dates in November to complete unfinished portions of her Malayalam film Edavapathi: No Man’s Land,directed by Lenin Rajendran.

“She’s always been a good actor but I have a feeling that her acting career after this phase will see her as an extraordinary performer. As an artiste,she will draw a lot from this experience,” says Grover. Agrees Abhishek Ray,music composer of films such as Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns,and a friend of the actor. “The films that she’ll choose would be very different from what she did before. She’ll only do films which move her at a deep,creative level,and are not just about fame,glamour and money,” he says. According to Ray,Koirala is a spiritual person and her faith has helped her cope with the crisis.