One of Bollywood’s most beautiful actresses and Nepali beauty, Manisha Koirala, who is going to tie the knot with Samrat Dahal on June 19, clarified that the marriage was not an arranged marriage.
“Yes, I’m getting married to Samrat. He’s from Nepal, like me. But please, it is not an arranged marriage,” said Manisha, who is going to move base to Kathmandu after the wedding.
“Yes, our families know one another for some years now. So there was a comfort level between me and Samrat for a very long time,” she continued, “Gradually the bonding grew from friendship to love. And when Samrat asked me to marry him, I agreed.”
Manisha was in Kerala when the news of her marriage was released.
“I was totally cut off in Kerala shooting for Shayam Prasad’s Malayalam film. I had no idea my marriage plans were being discussed in my absence. Now I see dates and venue in the papers. Like I said, the wedding is on June 19. It will take place in Kathmandu and will be attended by Samrat’s and my close family and friends,” said the actress.
Manisha, who entered the Hindi film industry with Subhash Ghai’s 1991 blockbuster ‘Saudagar’, had done a Nepali movie ‘Pheri Betaula’ before that.
“That’s where Samrat is based. He is into many kinds of business ventures including a project in alternate energy. So yes, one thing will change. Mumbai used to be my first home. Now, Kathmandu will be my first home. But I’ll continue to be a Mumbai girl at heart and will have a home here.”
So is her dream of a home in Paris over?
“No way!” said the Nepali beauty. “My dream home in Paris has just been postponed for a while. Now instead of me alone, it will be my husband and I sharing a Parisian home.”
In fact, the couple plans to honeymoon in France.
Speaking on her work, Manisha said: “I’ve been cutting down my assignments for a few years now. So it’s not as if I’ve been working frantically. I will continue to do selected films after marriage.”
Manisha also told that she broke up with her last boyfriend, Chris Dolan, long ago. Chris is an American author who lives in Dallas.
“We split quite some time ago. But we continue to be friends. That’s the way I like it in my life. Even when a relationships ends, the friendship continues. I don’t like any negativity around me. I’d like all my friends to wish Samrat and me a happy married life.”
When asked about Samrat she told that he apparently is shy of the limelight.
“He had his picture removed from a social networking website as soon as our marriage was announced. Samrat will have to get used to public attention after we get married,” she said.
It is being speculated that Manisha will enter Nepalese politics after the wedding.