Manisha Koirala says her career will take a back seat as she wants to make her marriage work. She’s had a perfect honeymoon and now plans to be in Mumbai to attend a few of her film screenings.
But, Manisha Koirala admits that her priorities in life have changed after marriage and she’d like to focus on making her marriage a success.Speaking from Kathmandu, she said: "My life and priorities have changed. I can’t think beyond the life that I’ve now got with Sam. Though my own family is very precious to me, the time I spend with Sam’s family is very important right now. Right now, I’m not thinking of my career. But I will be involved with cinema in one way or another."
Manisha, who has acted in films such as Bombay and Dil Se, is candid enough to admit that being in a marriage is not easy for a free-spirited woman like her. “Sam and I are working hard on our marriage. We want this to work. We now realise how much it takes to make a marriage work. It’s tough on both of us. But since we love one another, we are willing to make all the compromises that go into a successful marriage,” she said.
Manisha tied the knot with the Nepali businessman in a traditional Nepali ceremony in Kathmandu in June. Her honeymoon, she reveals, involved a fair bit of work. “My husband Samrat (Dahal) and I travelled through Finland. Then we went to Stuttgart (Germany) where I was on the jury of the Stuttgart Film Festival for the ‘Bollywood And Beyond’ section,” Manisha said about her honeymoon.
Then, she says, came the best part of the trip. Paris! “It’s my dream city. But going there with my husband was a dream beyond a dream. It was a different experience altogether.” In fact, Manisha intends to buy a home for Samrat and herself in Paris.
Manisha returns to Mumbai later this month without her husband. “I have to attend the screening of Onir’s I Am In New York and then Deepti Naval’s Do Paise Ki Dhoop Chaar Aane Ki Baarish. Both feature me in good roles. And I am committed to attending both the events.”
Marriage is priority
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