TV actor Manish Naggdev had a Roka ceremony with actress-turned-air hostess Malika Juneja at her Pune residence on July 25. Manish, who has worked in TV shows such as Udaan, Begusarai, Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, among others, recently opened up about the same in an interview with a leading daily.
Talking about his relationship with Malika, Manish said, “I first met Malika in August last year, through some common friends. Gradually, my mother grew fond of her and one day, she told me that Malika would make a great life partner. With time, I, too, realised that she was extremely loving and caring. So, I told my mother to speak with her family. Fortunately, they were fond of me (laughs!). So, here we are. I would call it a love-cum-arranged marriage. We started dating in January. Engagement aur shaadi pandemic ke baad hoga.”
He added, “What I admire about Malika is that she is driven about her work, but is homely at the same time. She knows how to balance her personal and professional lives. Also, she quit acting years ago after a brief stint. I have nothing against anyone, but owing to my past experiences, I was very clear about not marrying anyone from the industry.”
While he would have loved to post his Roka pictures on social media, Manish refrained from it as he didn’t want to draw unwanted attention to his personal life anymore. He said, “I am an actor first. However, my personal life has overshadowed my work for the past four-five years. So, I will keep them separate from now on.”
Manish was earlier engaged to actress Srishty Rode but she ended their four-year-long relationship in 2018, soon after her stint in Bigg Boss 12. Whn asked if that made him disillusioned about love, he said, “Look, I have realised that no one loves anybody unconditionally. Today, love, for me, means respecting and valuing the person in your life. Obviously, I was bitter in the beginning, as I hadn’t got closure. I would get anxiety and panic attacks, and had trouble sleeping. Unable to take it anymore, I finally bared my heart and soul on social media. That helped get a huge weight lifted off my chest,” he replied.