Manisha Koirala played the female lead in Rajinikanth's cult movie Baba, which was released two decades ago.
Actress Manisha Koirala says her career in the southern cinema industry came to an end after acting in the 2002 Rajinikanth film Baba. She has appeared in south films such as Indian, Bombay, and Aalavandhan. The movie was touted as a supernatural action thriller that saw Manisha playing the female lead.
Speaking to the YouTube channel, O2 India, the actor said, “Baba was probably my last big Tamil film. It flopped so badly in those days. It was such a huge disaster. Lot of expectations were on the film and when it flopped, I thought my career in south films was gone completely and it did in a way.” Manisha added that she had a number of south projects under her belt prior to her role in Baba, but that following the box office failure of Baba, she received fewer and fewer opportunities.
“After Baba flopped, I stopped getting offers. Strangely, the film turned out to be a hit when it was re-released which is unheard of. Rajini sir can never give a flop. He is such a kind man to work with,” Manisha added.
According to sources, Baba was re-released last year to coincide with Rajinikanth's birthday and did well at the box office. Despite its initial failure at the box office, Rajinikanth is known to be a big fan of the movie Baba, which represented a turning point in his career. In addition to playing the major role in Baba, the superstar served as the film's producer, screenwriter, and producer.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Manisha Koirala was last seen in the Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon starrer Shehzada, which had a dismal run at the box office.