Koena says she is in a much better place now. There are a couple of interesting films coming up, but she still finds herself being ridiculed. Koena's "confident, independent streak" continues to pose challenges. With the giddying attention, came the disastrous decision - to get a nose job. "After the surgery my bones started swelling up. Even the doctors gave up and said that only medicine and prayers will work," she recalls with an imperceptible shudder. Doctors gave her six months. "I sat at home initially. But I could not take it any more and started going out with that face of mine," she says. It was a brave decision, especially for someone in the limelight. Koena's face was so disfigured that it made it difficult for her to smile. And even though she was ready to accept her altered appearance, people were not. "I didn't hide anything. But people spoke and wrote the worst kind of about me," she says, her voice rising.