Actor Nandana Sen and producer Madhu Mantena might have ended their nine-year-long relationship but they admit that they will work together on a movie.
“We’ve always been a great team, and deciding to make this particular film together was a professional, not a personal decision. We are just as excited about it now as we were when we started developing the project. And we are glad it gives us the opportunity to spend extra time with each other, be in close touch even when apart, and create something together that we are both so passionate about,” says Nandana, who has bought a house in New York, and is shifting there.
In fact this was one of the reasons behind the couple’s split. “Madhu and I had been planning to move to New York together, but given the pace and zest with which his work in Bombay is growing, it doesn’t make sense for him to move away. We love each other deeply, we always have, and we always will. But neither of us believes in the long-term feasibility of an inter-continental relationship,” says the 44-year-old.
Talking about their split, Nandana says that it was the hardest and most painful decision that either of them has ever taken. “But there has never been even a shred of negativity between us about it,” she says, adding, “We understand and support each other absolutely, and each of us insists on protecting the other’s interests, like we always do... So, even in making this joint but heartbreaking decision, as in everything we have gone through together, we have been taking care of each other every step of the way. And I know we always will.”
And what does Mantena feel? “Nandana is and will always remain my dearest friend. Yes, we’re no longer a couple. But she knows that I’m always a phone-call away.