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Manisha Koirala was a bundle of nerves while filming Dear Maya

The 90s diva said that while she was nervous, the director of her film, Sunaina Bhatnagar, had no inkling of her nervousness.

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Mayur Lookhar

With all the hype around the launch of Salman Khan's Tubelight, the trailer of Manisha Koirala starrer Dear Maya didn’t get its due. Dear Maya is Koirala's first film since she returned after her recovery from cancer. Speaking at the trailer launch of Dear Maya on Wednesday 3 May, Koirala disclosed that she was very nervous while shooting for the film.

Upon being asked whether facing the camera again was a daunting task, Koirala said, "Absolutely. No matter how many times we do it, every time during the first day and the first film, my stomach knots and I get nervous."

While she was a nervous wreck, Koirala revealed that her director Sunaina  Bhatnagar never sensed this. “I hope during the whole process of doing the movie my director didn’t get to know I was nervous,” said the Dear Maya actress.

“Honestly, I was very nervous. I wasn’t sure whether I was doing it right or wrong… A lot has changed in cinema, so I had to adjust to all that. Till the end of the shooting, I was nervous,” added Koirala.

Koirala plays the titular character, a lonely spinster who rediscovers her will to live after receiving love letters from a secret admirer. The letters though are sent by her two young neighbours, Ira and Anna, as they want to help Maya out of her misery.

Koirala, 46, also stated that she has been waiting for a long time to play such a role. The Nepal-born actress acquired fame in the 90s with films like Khamoshi – The Musical (1996), 1942: A Love Story (1994), and Bombay (1995).