At the peak of her career, Manisha Koirala was scandalously famous for her romantic link-up with a 20-year-older and married, Nana Patekar. Unlike other B-town actors, Manisha and Nana never hide their relationship from others. The duo was quite vocal about it.
The love saga began in the early 90s. With his unconventional looks and amazing acting skills, Nana was frenzy in the film industry.
Post her breakup with Vivek Mushran, Manisha fell for Nana on the sets of Agnisakshi. However, their romance didn’t remain a secret as unit members and Manisha’s neighbours, informed the media that Nana was spotted leaving her house during odd hours.
Then, they appeared together in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Khamoshi. During the press conferences, Manisha finally accepted that Nana and she were into an ‘intense’ relationship.
Interestingly, Nana was married with his wife (Neelkanti) wasn’t living with him.
However, this relationship went in vain, as Nana and Manisha were caught arguing on many instances. Allegedly, Nana became too possessive about Manisha while they were in a relationship.
He would reprimand her if she wore revealing attires or got intimate with her co-stars. During the filming of Yugprush, Nana had a huge showdown with Manisha as he didn’t like certain outfits that she was wearing! After this incident, the duo stopped talking to each other for some time.
Irrespective of difference of opinion, Manisha publicly stated that she loves Nana, but she doesn’t know where the relationship is heading.
The point which led to their breakup came, when Manisha found Nana and Ayesha Jhulka in each other’s arms in a closed room. Manisha yelled at Ayesha and abused her, “Get off my man, you bi**&” Though Nana and Ayesha denied any romantic link.
Nevertheless, the real reason the two parted ways was because of Nana’s denial to marry Manisha. He made it very clear that he would never divorce his wife, Neelakanti. Manisha, who didn’t wanto to settle down for the tag of ‘another woman,’ broke off with him.
Eventually, Nana and Ayesha made their relationship official and started living together.
In an interview to Filmfare, Nana poured his heart out that how much he misses Manisha.
She is the most sensitive actress around. She is like a kasturi hiran, she still needs to realise that she doesn’t need to keep pace with anyone. She has it all and that’s more than enough. I can barely hold back the tears when I see what she’s doing to herself. Maybe I don’t have anything to say about her today! A break-up is a very difficult phase. You have to experience it to know the pain. I can’t describe the pain I went through. Please, let’s not talk about this. I miss Manisha!
Later, Manisha married Samrat Dalal, a Nepali businessman, but got divorced in 2012. While, Nana got divorced from Neelakanti.