Manisha Marzara, the face of several acclaimed festival movies like Munia, Live @ 5, Miyan Kal Aana (produced by Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai (alongside Rajpal Yadav) was seen once again in a transcendental role in Who Am I, directed by Raja Ram Mukerji. On similar lines of her previous works, Who Am I is also centered on a real life issue.
Raja Ram Mukerji, brother of actress Rani Mukerji, had planned a role like this for Manisha years ago, she says. “He told me he had something in the works that was perfect for me. And when he approached me years later, I knew this was the role I wanted to play.”
The short film, Who Am I, was held for a private screening at a theatre. The audiences at the screening were wowed by Manisha’s performance, how she portrayed her character on point. Her role was of a modern woman trying to grapple at everything – work life, home life and her dreams. “The woman in the movie is every one of us. Like a Goddess with 10 arms, we too are trying to multitask. This goes so unappreciated. The providers of everyone, women, are insulted and demeaned.”
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When asked why she really went for the role, Manisha says, “We say we’ve changed, but the reality is still more or less the same. I wanted to shine a new light on it, some things are forgotten because people think they’ve become better.”
Winning Best Short Film at Canada Shorts – Canadian & International Short Film Festival, Virginia Spring Cinefast and Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, you now can watch Who Am I, starring Manisha Marzara, on YouTube.