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Manisha Koirala reveals the efforts involved in transforming herself into Nargis Dutt

From reading her memoirs to 'imbibing the trauma', Koirala revealed the lengths she has gone to in order to play the late actress in Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju. 

Shriram Iyengar

'Many different looks were tried on.. through various photographs and books and documentary.. here are few for you guys.. peep in to what goes on to create a look..amongst other things we tried many hair styles..' read actress Manisha Koirala's recent post on her Instagram page. The actress was referring to the effort that had gone into recreating the looks of the iconic Nargis Dutt for Rajkumar Hirani's film, Sanju. 

The look in the picture seems to reflect the Nargis of the 1950s, in particular from her time alongside Raj Kapoor in Awara (1951). The actress also shared another picture of herself looking every bit like the Nargis from Chori Chori (1956)

Back in April 2017, Koirala had revealed how she had approached the Dutt family, and Priya Dutt, to understand more about Nargis. She said, "We did a couple of tests, from when she had short hair to when she had long hair. I think we have got the look somewhere closer to how Nargis ji looked and I am quite kicked about it. Yes, I am excited for it!" 

The physical resemblance was only one part of the process. Koirala has also spoken about the suffering and trauma that she channeled in order to play the late actress. Both actresses are victims of cancer. Where Koirala survived, Nargis perished.

In a recent interview with IANS, Koirala revealed, "To live through the pain, trauma and suffering again… It required a lot of inner strength to play Nargis ji. But finally, it was all worth it, because Nargis was such an iconic figure. I’ve tried to capture her essence, the core of her being. Just looking like her, or combing my hair the way she did, is not enough. I had to understand her spirit, her soul. Just how much I’ve succeeded, we will soon know." 

The actress also went through a lot of research about the late Nargis, including reading Priya and Namrata Dutt's memoirs, Mr. and Mrs. Dutt: Memories Of Our Parents. 

In her quote to IANS, Koirala also revealed that the film will focus more on Nargis, the mother, rather than the legendary actress. 

Sanju is directed by Hirani, and features Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Vicky Kaushal. The film will be out in theatres on 29 July.