Manisha Koirala has had a tough time over the past few years. In 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent chemotherapy for months in New York. By mid-2014, she was cancer-free. To top it all, the Nepalese actress — who won accolades for her work in films such as 1942: A Love Story (1994), Bombay (1995), Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), and Company (2002) — has had a steady decline in her career for the past decade or so.
Her upcoming film Chehere, releasing on August 28, doesn't seem like it holds much promise either. Written and directed by Rohit Kaushik (who seems to have made one, largely-unheard-of film earlier), this is her twelfth film with Jackie Shroff, who is at one point in the trailer seen breaking character and pawing her like a panther.
"Don't touch me mainu kendiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii"
The film, which looks like a bad soap opera shot in black-and-white as well as colour, also stars Aarya Babbar and Divya Dutta. The latter makes Koirala's character, with one exclamation, react as though she spontaneously forgot all the acting she had ever known.
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There's also Hrishitaa Bhatt, who some of you remember from films such as Asoka (2001) and Haasil (2003) as well as the recent washout Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho. Here are the film's three actresses describing their experience of acting in this movie, non-verbally.
Pro-tip: do not watch this right before going to bed
Watch the full trailer above, which is also full of hilariously clichéd lines like "Aankhon se pee loon toh aitraaz nahi hoga (I hope you won't mind if I drink you in with my eyes)", tremendously bad acting, and a template epic-action-movie background score. Also, they've unironically called it 'A Modern Day Classic'. Brave move, that.