Director Subhash Ghai's new find, Mishti. (SUPPLIED)
Who can forget a young that young Nepali beauty that stunned audiences with her vulnerable performance in ‘Saudagar’, stealing screen space despite powerhouses such as Dilip Kumar and Raj Kumar?
Manisha Koirala’s entry into Bollywood came close on the heels of director Subhash Ghai’s stellar portrayal of a young, virtually unknown Madhuri Dixit back in the late ’80s, when he cast her opposite Anil Kapoor in ‘Ram Lakhan’.
The film became a hit and Bollywood had a new queen bee to rule her kingdom for the next decade.
Such has been Ghai’s prowess that over the years, many hopefuls have knocked on the Showman’s door to get a foothold in the industry, least of them being Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who hit stardom with ‘Taal’.
Ghai, who has 14 hit films to his credit from the 18 he has directed in his lifetime, is now set to launch his new find, with Mishti.
On the eve of his birthday, which the director celebrates on January 24, Ghai released a statement: “My hunt is over.”
The director/producer of Mukta Arts is directing his 19th film ‘Kaanchi’, slated for a 2013 release, with Mishti, a Bengali aspirant, making the cut.
Ghai said: “It is really a tough job to write a good script which, promises to be a blockbuster, as well as a great story with great characters, particularly the protagonist and the tougher job is when you decide to pick up a newcomer to play the title role instead of an established star.
“It was my very intense struggle to find a Kaanchi; I went on auditioning the most beautiful girls and the talented ones; around 350 girls were auditioned to get the right one, the way I had imagined in my script.”
He added that he saw a picture of a girl from Kolkata and decided to audition her.
“As I auditioned Mishti, I knew in the very first shot that she was the Kaanchi I was looking for,” he revealed.
Starring opposite his new find is Kartik Tiwari, who has plays the lead in thesoon-be-released ‘Akaash Vani’.
While he last few outings on celluloid have bombed at the box office, including the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Yuvraj’, the director has already signed on the superstar for his 20th outing, which will go on the floors next year.