After 2003, she began to work with independent film makers and ventured into Art-house and Parallel cinema as well as multiple regional films.
Manisha was born into the politically prominent Koirala family, in which several of her family members went on to rule the nation, but she did not aspire to pursue a career in politics.
A stint in modeling opened a career path in films, and she made her Bollywood debut with the top-grossing production Saudagar (1991).
In 2004, she moved to New York City for a diploma in filmmaking, which she earned from the New York University.
While living in New York, she became a member of an independent documentary filmmaker's society.
Manisha Koirala (born 16 August 1970) is a Nepali actress who mainly appears in Hindi films in India, though she has worked in several South Indian and her native country's films.