Manisha Koirala, who in true Bollywood heroine fashion bounced back from cancer, is now slowly and steadily getting back to work full time. The actress, who was last seen in Sanjay Dutt’s Prasthanam, is lately working on multiple projects including a stint on digital platforms. Manisha shot for a Netflix Original Maska last year and recently started yet another Netflix feature, Freedom, directed by Khosla Ka Ghosla fame Dibakar Banerjee. Now, PeepingMoon.com has learned that Manisha is collaborating with veteran actor Adil Hussain for an international film.
According to sources, Manisha will star alongside Adil in an Atlanta-based comedy titled India Sweets and Spices which is being directed by Troublemaker (2011) fame filmmaker Geeta Malik. The film revolves around a rich/spoiled college freshman who, on her summer break, discovers secrets and lies about her parents’ past that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her family.
American Television series Grey’s Anatomy actress Sophia Ali plays the lead role while Koirala and Hussain will be seen playing her East Indian parents in the film. Based on Geeta’s screenplay originally titled Dinner With Friends that won her the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, India Sweets and Spices marks Manisha’s first collaboration with Hussain who is known for his great body of work in mainstream Bollywood cinema (English Vinglish, Lootera, Good Newwz) as well as in international projects like Life of Pi, Tigers, Parched, Angry Indian Goddesses among others.
The film’s shooting is said to have already been completed at different locations in the US and is currently under post-production. Produced by SK Global (Crazy Rich Asians) and MadisonWellsMedia (Motherless Brooklyn), the film is expected to release in the second half of this year. The makers are apparently waiting for a good festival platform to show it to the world.