Former Actress, Cancer Survivor

Manisha Koirala is a Nepali actress who predominantly works in Indian films. She is the recipient of several accolades, including three Filmfare Awards, a Filmfare Award South and a Screen Award. She has also been awarded with the Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu, by the Government of Nepal. In addition to acting in films, Koirala is a stage performer and has contributed as an author to the novel “Healed”, an account of her struggle with ovarian cancer. Koirala was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999 and 2015 and was involved in the relief works after the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. She promotes causes such as women’s rights, prevention of violence against women, prevention of human trafficking and cancer awareness.