Luck. Manisha Koirala Was Not The First Choice For These Films.

Manisha Koirala is one of the underrated actresses in Bollywood. She has done many remarkable movies in Bollywood.

However, she hasn’t done many movies with top directors of Bollywood of that time and many good movies she has done weren’t offered to her first.

Here we have created a list of some hits movies of Manisha Koirala which were written for and approached other actresses.

Producers approached Manisha at last and shot the movie with Manisha as the lead actress.

Check out the list of such movies that glorify the movie because of Manisha’s performance.

Khamoshi: The Musical

Khamoshi the musical is one of the best movies directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It was reported that Manisha was not the first choice of the director.

Director wanted to recreate the iconic movie pair of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun into Khamoshi.

He approached Madhuri Dixit and later the role was offered to Kareena Kapoor.

Kareena wasn’t ready to make her Bollywood debut then and the role went to Manisha Koirala who did a fabulous job in the movie.


Lajja was a controversial movie that highlighted many problems in society. The film tanked at the box office despite having an ensemble cast of actors like Ajay Devgn, Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, and Manisha Koirala.

Throughout time, it became a cult movie in Bollywood.

However, the director was not sure about the cast and wanted to shoot the movie with Tabu and Karisma Kapoor playing the roles of Manisha and Madhuri in the movie.

Later, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was also offered the role which she rejected due to her busy shooting schedule.

Kachche Dhaage

Kachche Dhaage starring Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan in the lead role is famous for its action sequences. A few awesome tracks of the movie are still popular among the audience.

Producers have already signed Mayuri Kango to play the female lead in the movie along with Namrata Shirodkar.

Later, Mayuri walked out of the film due to some unknown reasons and Manisha Koirala was approached to play the female lead in the movie.

1942: A Love Story

Another cult movie 1942: A Love Story was offered to Madhuri Dixit. Fans and Producers both wanted to see the hit pair of Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor in another romantic drama.

For instance, Javed Akhtar wrote down the lyrics of the song ‘Ek Ladki Ko…’ for Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri said no to the film because of her busy schedule.

After that, makers approached Manisha Koirala to play the female lead opposite Anil Kapoor. The movie is one of the best films in Manisha Koirala filmography.

Agni Sakshi

Agni Sakshi is a romance thriller released in the 90s. The story revolves around a married couple Suraj and Shivangi who get approached by a man named Vishwanath who claims that Shivangi is his wife, Madhu.

It was the remake of the Hollywood movie Sleeping With The Enemy.

While Nana Patekar was the only attraction in the movie, the role played by Manisha Koirala was initially offered to Madhuri Dixit who couldn’t sign the movie because of her busy schedule.

Dil Se

Another blockbuster Dil Se which became a cult classic in Bollywood was not approached to Manisha Koirala at first. Mani Ratnam wanted to cast Kajol to play the part of Suicide Bomber in the movie.

Kajol also wanted to be part of the film but turned down the offer because of the date clashes. However, Manisha was fabulous in the movie and everyone appreciated the chemistry of the lead actors.


Gupt is remembered by the audience only because of Kajol’s vamp role in the movie. Manisha Koirala also has a prominent role in the movie.

The film was criticized for showing such bold content. In addition to this, it was also rumored that the role of Manisha Koirala in the movie was offered to Raveena Tandon and she has also shot a couple of scenes in the movie.

Raveena walked out of the project and it was offered to Karisma Kapoor but things didn’t work out.


Mann starring Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala is a huge hit and appreciated for its soulful tracks.

Little do you know that directors wanted to cast Aishwarya Rai to play the love interest of Aamir Khan in the movie. After Aishwarya rejected the script, it went to Tabu.

For instance, Nandita Das was also approached for the role.