'I never wanted to be an actor'

'I never wanted to be an actor'

'I never wanted to be an actor'

Reminiscent of the good old days of the television industry, actor Mandira Bedi says that the small screen has gone through tremendous change.

“So many channels have come up compared to when I started. There was just Doordarshan and Zee back then. Now, there are multiple entertainment channels.
At that time, if a serial came on air, you knew about it.

Now serials come and go off air and you have absolutely no idea.”
Bedi’s stint on television started with Shanti - Ek Aurat Ki Kahani and she admits it all happened by chance.

“I had done my post graduation in media and was interning with an advertising company when the director of Shanti (Adi Pocha) spotted me and asked me to come for auditions,” recollects Bedi.

“I was never fated to get into media or be in front of the camera. That happened  by chance. I never wanted to be an actor. That was the telling point in my life,”
she adds.

Bedi hogged the limelight after her stint with the 2003 Cricket World Cup. She has also acted in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and was last seen in the Indian adaptation of American television series 24.

Her absence from small screen can’t be ignored as she feels that television has become repetitive without offering something new. “Now too many people are doing too many things. At times, I feel like it’s a factory. That is why I stay away from fiction. Unless something fantastic like Shanti comes along,” she says.

Even though she believes the industry has grown bigger. She admits the “discipline and the professionalism they had back then is missing.”Interacting with people seems to be her forte as she candidly admits that she prefers live shows over fictional soaps.

 “I enjoy anything that is live because I get to interact with people. I don’t always know what is coming up next. That is very exciting, be it cricket commentary or promotional events, or anchoring or theatre. While things that are recorded are good because you get a second chance to attempt it better, I prefer the adrenaline rush that comes with live interactions,” says Bedi.

The actor is also excited about her appearance on Zee TV’s upcoming reality television series titled I Can Do That where she will be seen performing various tasks.

“It is different as I am a participant and not an anchor. Farhan Akhtar is hosting the show. We get to learn different skill sets every week.  We are given different challenges. Now that I am a mother, my first challenge was a magic act that I performed for my son and I actually took it on because I knew he would like it,” she sums up.

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