Manisha’s wedding in Nepal, party in Mumbai

Manisha Koirala’s marriage to Nepali businessman Samrat Dahal will be a close family affair. The engagement will take place on June 18 and the marriage will happen on June 19 in Kathmandu.

The wedding won’t have any Bollywood personalities in attendance — save for her close friend Deepti Naval — as Manya plans to invite her industry friends for a reception in Mumbai at a later date.

A source offers details, "The wedding, a traditional Nepali affair will span three days and will include the customary swyambar. Something called duradai will take place instead of the usual mehndi."

Manya’s mother and brother Siddharth are overseeing the wedding preparations.

Designers Sabyasachi Mukherji and Anna Singh will design the outfits for the pre-wedding ceremonies.

The to-be bride will wear a red sari with diamond-and-gold work on her big day. Samrat will wear traditional Nepali wear picked out by his US-based sister.

The reception venue is yet to be decided, but sources claim that it will most likely be at a five-star hotel in Juhu, Mumbai. A source adds, "Manisha, a recluse a few years back, has now come out of her shell. She has begun socialising with her old friends and has started making new ones."

A source reveals details about Manya’s to-be in-laws, "She met Samrat in the US. He’s in the process of setting up an alternative energy company in Nepal. He is the youngest of three siblings. While his eldest brother Suraj heads the Kathmandu Academy, his sister Shuvashree is doing her PhD in the US. He has houses both in the US and Nepal."

Manisha recently finished shooting for Dipendra Khanal’s Nepali film titled Dharma. The film marks the return of the actress to the Nepali film industry nearly two decades after she left for Bollywood. She is presently in Cochin shooting for a Telugu film.

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