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Just a few hours ago, we told you ex-Bigg Boss contestant filed a case of domestic violence against her husband of five months (read more), and we are back as the Kya Kool Hain Hum actress has spoken about her troubled marriage for the first time.
After tying the knot for the second time with Gaurav on January 25, 2017, (though the actress has never acknowledged her first marriage), trouble began when Mandana’s in-laws and her husband asked the actress to quit her acting career and convert to Hinduism.
Reportedly, Mandana was forced to leave her in-laws’ house by her mother-in-law. After leaving the house, Mandana desperately tried to reconcile with Gaurav, but all in vain.
Now, in a fresh interview with Times Of India, the distressed actress finally spoke about what actually happened and if she still loves Gaurav or not. She said:
"Honestly, I love my husband very much. I haven't filed for divorce. I just want to tell him that you can't take a marriage so lightly. You can't manipulate and throw me out of the house. I am his wife and I don't understand why he isn't allowing me to enter my matrimonial house? I have been staying out of the house for almost 7 weeks. He recently told a common friend of ours that I don't want Mandana in my life and I will file for divorce. If he wanted to divorce me within 6 months of our marriage why did he marry me?"
Mandana’s husband, Gaurav even asked her to get converted to Hinduism and has even told a common friend of theirs that he will be filing for divorce. Talking about converting and becoming a Hindu and if her mother-in-law had issues with her, Mandana said:
“Yes, she was but I thought things will get better with time. I changed my religion. I accepted Hinduism and our wedding took place according to Hindu rituals. She only allowed us to get married as her son wanted to marry me. And now when she realised that her son is planning to move out of the house and separate the business she told Gaurav either you chose Mandana or her. My husband Gaurav, who doesn't have a spine to chose, decided to stay with his mother. I always joked about evil mother-in-laws from Balaji's daily soaps, but had never imagined that it will happen to me. She used to abuse and insult me. In fact, I was the one who told Gaurav that we will stay with the family. I will work on it. I really tried, but they were always mean to me and never accepted me as part of the family. She used to taunt me 'India mein aisa nahi hota, tum Iran se hona toh tumhe kya pata India ka culture'."
Speaking about how Mandana asked Gaurav to sit and talk things out and how he refused, the actress said:
"When things started becoming bad between us I told him Gaurav lets sit and talk or go on a holiday. Let's spend some time together so that we can sort out the differences, but he always refused giving excuses. I have no clothes, no money and I am staying in an apartment. They all have moved on in life. My husband is busy partying, my mother-in-law is ready to go on a holiday and I am here still trying to contact Gaurav. When I took police to his house they didn't let me in. He didn't allow me to enter even his office. He told one of his friends how dare she took police to my house."
After going through such a harrowing experience, Mandana regrets that she quit working as an actress to get married. Mandana’s husband, Gaurav strongly felt that Mandana’s profession was “incompatible with his family status in the society”.
Talking about it, the actress said:
"I regret it. It was the most stupid decision that I took in my life. Had I been working, I didn't had to be dependent on my husband today. I was at the peak of my career when I left everything to marry Gaurav as he doesn't want me to work as an actress. Today, he is in a better position because he has money and I don't. Money gives power and I lost everything when I decided to quit my career. I think no woman should ever stop working."
We feel you Mandana, a woman should never give up on her financial independence come what may. Here’s hoping that things get sorted out for you and Gaurav at the earliest. For more updates on Mandana’s struggle, stay tuned with us.