Mandira Bedi Curated

Actor, Presenter, Fashion Designer

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  • Prior to “Shanti”, did you have any formal training in acting or plays?

  • Were there any turning points in life in case of your career?

  • Tell us about World Cup 2003.

  • As a child, did you want to get into the entertainment industry?

  • What is the one thing of all the professional choices you’ve made, have one thing in common?

  • How did you convert your passion to paycheck?

  • What are your 5 tips to make sure that you reinvent yourself?

  • How has your character evolved in this season of ‘Thinkistan’?

    I am playing the role of a boss who is hard-working, self-righteous and courageous. She knows how to motivate her employees, appreciate their work and at the same time give constructive feedback to them. I think that if even one woman is inspired by my character, it’s a job well done. What I like about this character is that she is loved and respected. She is a kind of boss to whom employees can come freely. The second season has a lot of turn of events which put my character in challenging situations which people will enjoy.

  • A lot of your recent work portrays you as a confident and strong woman. Does that come naturally?

    Well, the confidence has come from spending over more than 25 years in the industry. I have changed as a person and have evolved as an actor. The position where I am right now has come through a lot of struggle and surprises. I felt insecure during my 30s. I used to fear that my career is going to end at any time. It is because female actors in this industry do not have a long shelf life.

  • How do you see the entertainment industry in comparison to when you started?

    A lot has changed. A number of platforms have come up and the increase in competition has improved the quality of cinema also. When I got into the entertainment industry, there were only a few players including Doordarshan, Zee, and Star. I am grateful that I came in at a time when I was a part of the first daily soap on television and now I have been involved in the initial years of the web. The web is exciting because you get to watch content at a time that suits you. For artists, it has acted as a kind of platform that bridges the gap between television actors and the film actors.

  • You are doing multiple projects in South Indian films...

    The characterisation there is very modern and the work culture is better than Mumbai in many ways. There is a certain pace according to which they work and the time frame of a project is fixed. I get to learn new things every day. Roles are being written for me. I am thankful because the experience has helped me hone my skills. I am enjoying my stint and trying to overcome the language barrier.

  • How do you think your fitness routine reflects in your work?

    Fitness has been part of my life since I did ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’, ten years back. Health and wellness play a very important role in my life. People are noticing it and the good thing about being healthy is that a lot of roles are coming my way where I am portrayed as a strong and confident lady who is involved in challenging work. I will call it the best phase of my life. Ever since fitness has become part of my life, I have been seen as a strong personality.

  • What is your role in Thinkistan 2 about?

    I play Anushka, who is the head of an advertising agency. She is positive and the most likeable character that I have ever played. She is an encouraging and motivating boss. She doesn’t take credits of her own ideas instead give it to the youngsters, just to give them a push. She is the kind of boss that I wish I had in my working days. She is the character who is loved and talked about positively even in her absence. Everyone in the organisation likes her. She is good at everything she does and have the ability to create something out of nothing. She believes in empowering the younger generation in the agency.

  • What prompted you to play Anushka?

    When Paddy ( N Padmakumar, the director) came to me with the script and narrated the story to me, I was sure of taking up the project. When he told me about the character — Anushka, I loved it and was excited to play it. These days I am being offered the roles of either a gangster or a cop and this was different. And as I mentioned earlier, it is the most positive character I have ever played so there were no reasons to turn it down.

  • You debuted with Shanti (1994) on Doordarshan. How did you come on board for the show?

    I never thought of becoming an actor. I was a media student. My first internship was in an advertising agency with an ad filmmaker, Prahlad Kakkar. I wanted to figure out what would work for me — writing for an ad agency or making ad films, which was the field I was interested in. It was pure destiny that Prahlad Kakkar was also the director of Shanti. He was looking for a girl to play the lead. I was not from an acting background but he approached me for the role. They called me for audition and I knew that it would get me no result because I am not an actor. I went for it just for the sake of exploring the process. After three rounds of auditions, I got selected for it. This is how I decided to go down the path of acting.

  • How do you look at your journey?

    I am blessed and fortunate to have completed 25 years in the industry that too in the entertainment field. Women do not generally have a very long shelf life in this industry. I just believed in going with the flow. I only thought that as long as I am getting work it’s more than enough. There were both ups and downs. There were time when great work has happened with me and there was time when it was lull, but I have never been jobless in these 25 years. I was doing one thing or the other. In between, there was a time when I started hosting cricket shows. I have done more than 200 corporate events so it has been great. All these years have been a blessing for me

  • Rejection is a part and parcel of acting. How was the case with you?

    Absolutely, rejection is a part and parcel of thin industry. I am fortunate enough to haven’t faced any because I was offered roles that I fitted best in. But, if I had to go through auditions, I know I would have failed. I am very bad in them. Even now, if someone would ask me to audition for something, I will fail badly in it. (laughs)

  • What things do you look out for before signing a project?

    The only thing I see is not to take up similar roles. Though I have been playing a lot of cops and gangsters but this is the only thing I keep in mind. And now also if someone will offer me to play a cop and hand over a gun to me I would take up that role immediately. (laughs)

  • What does fashion mean to you?

    Fashion means something that you can wear for months and even years without it being getting outdated. Fashion is about the classics and something that is for long term. I don’t believe in wearing clothes for just once, it’s a horrible thing to do. I believe in repeating my outfits, that’s fashion for me. Recently, I wore my reception outfit from Ritu Kumar on a friend’s wedding ceremony. And I love doing this. You can’t buy clothes that you will never wear again. If we are investing so much in clothes we should atleast get a wear out of them. Even the sarees that I design today are good to go for a couple of years. Sarees usually don’t get outdated but the blouses, neckline, helm and everything that I design is with a mindset that it should be good to go for a couple of years from now.

  • A role that you would say no to?

    Anything which involves nudity, I would say no to it.

  • What are your Upcoming projects?

    My Tamil film will release soon. I am also shooting for a Telugu film — Romantic. I am playing a cop in both of them but they are two different characters. Then Sahoo has recently released. That’s all for now.

  • What is Mandira Bedi's take on the way society had treated her when she had planned to delay her pregnancy due to her professional commitments?

    “Living in Indian society, as a woman you tend to face several stereotypes.”

  • How societal norms are stringent for married women?

    “When I decided to delay my pregnancy due to work commitments, it was the most difficult decision I had to make. I was looked at differently, and people perceived me as a woman who is career-oriented. You would think that is a good trait to have, but our society thinks differently of a married woman. In fact, even after my child was born, I was always divided between my personal and professional lives.”

  • How do fitness and exercise make you happy?

    This is something I’ve been meaning to say for a while. This is regarding my post, I put on a lot of posts on fitness and exercise, because exercise and fitness is my happy place. Come to it, after a lot that I have gone through. I have battled a bit of depression as well, but I’ve not talked about it. And this is something that motivates me, keeps me going, keeps me honest and hopefully it motivates some other people as well. There are people who tell me all the time that this is all that I do, I have a life that’s great, that’s why that’s all that I do. But I just want to let people know that I make time for exercise and fitness inspite of what I do and inspite of whatever is going on in my life. So for those of you who think that it’s not inspiring, it angers or irritates you in any way, please do unfollow me because this is a happy place for me. And I want this platform to be a happy platform.

  • Can you open up on your 100 days challenge?

    The 40-days challenge was fantastic, but it’s time now to raise the bar. I am looking at 100-days. 100 days of healthy living. It is going to a minimum of 10000 steps and 45-minutes of exercise every single day along with mindful eating, good healthy balanced diet, and it begins today. It is Sunday. Sunday is a good day to make a start like this. I would love if you would join me.

  • What's your suggestion for people who want to get into fitness?

    It's never too late to get into fitness. It's never too late to start exercising. So if you're having a big amount of weight to lose, You have go to look at small weights. Set small goals for yourself then move to next step.

  • Can you tell us about embracing motherhood at the age of 39?

    I gave birth to my son when I was 39, in 2011, as my contracts didn’t allow me to get pregnant. I was scared that if I get pregnant, it will be the end of my career.

  • How much support did you receive from your family?

    The entertainment business is brutal. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, who has made our marriage a success.

  • Can you share experience about entering the entertainment business in your early twenties?

    In my 20s, I was carving a space for myself in the world of entertainment. My 30s was the time that was riddled with insecurities. Now in my 40s, I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt. There is self-love and acceptance.

  • Did you ever feel insecure in your career?

    I thought my work is going to stop any day... looking at other actors working more than me on TV and films made me feel very insecure. When people would ask me why did I leave cricket or pity me saying ‘Oh, you aren’t doing cricket anymore’, I would have a sinking feeling in my stomach. It took me time to accept the change and realised that I didn’t leave cricket, it was they (organisers) who moved on to somebody new.

  • Can you share your talk about gaining excessive weight in pregnancy?

    Then, at 38, I got pregnant. During my pregnancy, I gained 22kg. My gynaecologist said, “You’ve overdone it. Eight to 13kg weight gain is normal.” I never went overboard but I did gain the weight. At that time one of my co-actors advised me, “Just remember to lose your baby weight within seven to eight months. The faster you lose the weight, the easier is the process. Else, your body gets used to the excess weight and it remains.

  • How do you feel post motherhood?

    I always wanted a kid, and motherhood has been one of the best things to happen. However, I thought to myself, ‘goodbye to work and fit body’. But I was wrong and how. I feel the strongest post motherhood. My two half marathons happened after I delivered my son.

  • Does your son Vir have any knack towards fitness?

    He identifies junk food, and refuses to have them because they are “bad”. He tells me, “Pizza is junk food mumma, I won’t have it.” So here we are. A mother who wants her child to have pizzas and burgers, and a kid who is happy with the home- cooked dal, chawal and sabzi.

  • How did you feel about coronavirus self-isolation?

    I have been so anxious, nervous and fearful that I actually did work myself up to get an asthma attack out of anxiety.

  • Could you tell us about your anxiety attack during the onset of coronavirus?

    The night before the incident, the last thing I saw was a video of someone coughing and people not taking it seriously. It was so negative and depressing. The next morning I woke up at 5.30 am in a total state of panic

  • What is your message to people during this crisis?

    I just want people to know that whatever they are going through is real but it is okay. The only thing to now. do is to just be positive.

  • How do you socialize and keep in touch with your friends now?

    What we do is we open a bottle of wine and then we video call our friends and we raise a toast together. Few days ago, I also celebrated my mother’s birthday on video.

  • You started the process of adopting a little girl two years ago. Can you tell us about it?

    Raj [Kaushal, her husband] and I wanted a sister for Vir. My son is eight and we are looking at adopting a girl who could be between two-and-a-half to four-years-old. We have already thought of a name for her. We are going to call her Tara.

  • How much has the procedure gone ahead?

    Unfortunately, the procedure hasn’t moved forward since then. I’m eagerly waiting to get approval from them so that we can bring a new addition to our family.

  • How would you feel to be a mother again?

    Motherhood is the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to me. There is so much that I learn from my son. He speaks like a wise old man at times and tells me ‘Mumma… I just love the feeling of love.

  • How do you manage to balance motherhood and work?

    When I’m in Mumbai, I make sure I drop Vir to school and pick up as well. And I fit all my work within that time duration so that I can be as present a parent I can be. Works make me travel twice a week and when I’m not in town, then Raj steps in. We have decided that we will never leave him alone and that is non-negotiable. That’s how we balance everything.

  • Tell us about your life before you became a household name by the means of her TV show 'Shanti'?

    I realised very early in my life that I wanted to do something creative. So, I did my post-graduation in Social Communication Media. Then I was interning with Prahlad Kakkar. Adi Pocha, who is the director, writer and creator of Shanti, was getting one of his ads made by Prahlad. He told me that they were looking for an actor to play the role of Shanti. It was totally out of my comfort zone but I still went for that audition.

  • Can you tell us about your audition for Shanti?

    They had told me to come wearing a business suit. That time I did not own a business suit so I went wearing a pair of jeans and white shirt. They called me for a second audition. Again, I was not wearing a business suit. Third time, I went wearing my lucky salwar-kameez. Depending on my mood, I would wear this bindi that I used to draw with liquid eyeliner. It was an arrow pointing downwards and when Adi saw me, he was like, 'Oh my god! What was I thinking, how could it have been a business suit? This is Shanti'. It all worked out well. I look back at it as an acting school. People lived vicariously through my character, they would get very involved and that was very special for me.

  • Tell us about your stint as a presenter in cricket?

    I just went there thinking I want to be accepted. But it was quite the opposite. For me, it was like people are not just passionate about cricket but they think of it as their religion. I was worried about being liked and accepted.

  • What was your experience at the beginning as cricket commentator?

    Another thing was when you are going live in front of the camera, words once uttered can’t be taken back. So if you make a mistake, it is all there. That was a very difficult first week for me. I would cry after every segment and all the other commentators would be like, 'I am going to get a cup of coffee' because they did not want to deal with that. I would think that if I didn’t quit, I’d get kicked out.

  • Did you get any help initially as cricket commentator?

    The channel’s representatives sat me down and said, 'We have auditioned about 1,000 girls, we know what you have and you are going to stay so you might as well start enjoying yourself. You are a presenter so start enjoying yourself'

  • When did you start getting comfortable with the job as a cricket commentator?

    As they say, heaven and hell is in your head and honestly, I was in hell for the first week because I had so much going on. The moment I switched that off, I started enjoying myself and everything changed after that. At the end of those six weeks, people got to know me as Mandira Bedi and not through the characters I had played till then.

  • What made Mandira Bedi's anger issues better?

    "There's no space for anger in this house," reads the poster along with an angry-looking cartoon of sorts, and here's what Mandira said in her caption: "Vir made this about a year ago, to remind Raj and me, that there's no space for anger in our house.

  • What works for her?

    Mandira has revealed working-out is therapeutic for her: "After battling anger and depression for a while, exercise has become my happy place," she wrote in a post last year.

  • What is her book "Happy for no reason" about?

    Mandira Bedi released a book titled Happy For No Reason, which she co-authored with Satyadev Barman. Mandira, who underwent hypnotherapy in the past, talked about the indifference towards mental health issues in an interview with NDTV and said: "When I first went for therapy, some 20 years ago, I said to my mother: 'I'm going to meet a therapist'," and her mother's response was: "You don't need to go see a therapist!'" "Therapy shouldn't be taboo if it's going to clear your head," Mandira said in the interview.

  • What is her mantra of dealing with the lockdown?

    Mandira Bedi kept herself busy by participating in fun activities with Vir. "It turned out pretty cool," Mandira wrote about the end product of their painting sessions while Vir was also spotted assisting his mom in the kitchen: "Had fun making pizza and risotto at home! Italian khichdi as Vir called it!" Then there are times when Mandira decided t go "crazy" with Vir: "Sometimes the situation can make you sit crazy. And it's nice that exercise happens along the way," she wrote.

  • What is her mantra of dealing with the lockdown?

    Mandira Bedi kept herself busy by participating in fun activities with Vir. "It turned out pretty cool," Mandira wrote about the end product of their painting sessions while Vir was also spotted assisting his mom in the kitchen: "Had fun making pizza and risotto at home! Italian khichdi as Vir called it!" Then there are times when Mandira decided t go "crazy" with Vir: "Sometimes the situation can make you sit crazy. And it's nice that exercise happens along the way," she wrote.

  • What was the step 1 of Mandira's 12 minute makeup regime?

    Begin by cleaning and moisturising your face. Go for a hydrating moisturiser which is light on your skin, and is preferably oil-free. Then use a primer to set the base.

  • Step 2 of Mandira's 12 minute makeup regime?

    Step 2 ,Mandira suggests opting for a peach tone color corrector to help hide pigmentation spots and dark circles, if any. After doing so, take two pumps of your foundation and dab it on your face with a beauty sponge. You can also use your fingers, just like the fitness enthusiast, and then buff it with a brush to ensure you don’t have any streaks left.

  • What are the steps 3 and 4 of Mandira's makeup regime?

    It's now time to set your base with a powder. Now fill in your eyebrows to provide dimension to your face, either using an eyebrow pomade or a gel. A dark brown eyeshadow works equally well too. Next, take a chocolate brown eye shadow on your flat eyeshadow brush and place it on your lids. Seamlessly blend it with the crease of your eyes. Then take a kohl pencil and line your upper and lower lash lines.

  • What are the final steps of Mandira's 12 minute makeup regime?

    With a thin brush, blend it out to give it a smokey effect. On your lower lash line, blend the kohl with a bit of the chocolate brown eye shadow you used on your crease. Top it off with a few coats of mascara. Then use a bronzer to bronze your cheeks or contour them by making a fish face (this helps you figure out where exactly your cheekbones are). Finally, apply a nude lip shade of your choice.

  • How did you realise your cricket hosting came to a halt?

    “When people would ask me why did I leave cricket or pity me saying ‘Oh, you aren’t doing cricket anymore’, I would have a sinking feeling in my stomach. It took me time to accept the change and realized that I didn’t leave cricket, it was they (organisers) who moved on to somebody new.”

  • What led Mandira bedi delay her pregnancy?

    "I gave birth to my son when I was 39, in 2011, as my contracts didn’t allow me to get pregnant. I was scared that if I get pregnant, it will be the end of my career,” she says, adding, “The entertainment business is brutal. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, who has made our marriage a success.”

  • How did you manage your anger issues?

    “I consciously decided to change my aggressive nature and went down the path of hypnotherapy. I used to judge people by my own standards and realised I’ve always been very hard on myself. There was no self-love. But now, I’m a different person altogether. The mantra I live by now is to accept, and not expect,” she says.

  • What was your pandemic scare like?

    “I was in Australia for the women’s cricket World Cup and came in on March 9. I was in self-isolation and have been counting the days because the symptoms take 14 days to show. I have been so anxious, nervous and fearful that I actually did work myself up to get an asthma attack out of anxiety,” shares Bedi.

  • What's your advice to people FOR COVID19?

    The 47-year-old urges people to stay positive during these times and advises them to stay away from rumours, citing how her attack was a result of that. “The day I got my attack, I worked myself into a frenzy to get into that space. The night before the incident, the last thing I saw was a video of someone coughing and people not taking it seriously. It was so negative and depressing. The next morning I woke up at 5.30am in a total state of panic,” she says.

  • What is your focus now?

    Bedi says she is now focusing on just being positive about the situation and wants people to not feel dejected. “I just want people to know that whatever they are going through is real but it is okay. The only thing to now do is to just be positive,” muses Bedi, while adding a tip or two about what one can do at home.

  • How is bonding with friends amidst Covid like?

    While meeting them is out of question, Bedi says she and her husband, Raj Kaushal, have devised a unique way to keep in touch with friends. “What we do is we open a bottle of wine and then we video call our friends and we raise a toast together. Few days ago, I also celebrated my mother’s birthday on video,” she says.

  • Quick COVID tip?

    “Have a routine. Use your time to exercise. I am putting a lot of home workout videos because that is what is keeping me going. Besides, I am also home schooling my son (Vir),” adds the actor.

  • How did your book happen?

    her book was to be about fitness since she is known for her dedication to staying fit. However, her commissioning editor had decided that the title of the book is going to be Happy For No Reason because that is what Mandira’s bio is on Instagram. Bedi said, “When you are talking about happiness it can’t be just physical, it can’t just be about exercise and fitness. Over the years, even though exercise and fitness have become a very important part of my life and have helped me a great deal with my mental and emotional stability, I have worked a lot on myself otherwise as well. So we decided to broad-base it a little more,” further adding, “When I got my co-writer on-board, I said I wanted to talk about things that have changed me, that have contributed to my mental health, things that I have worked on and things that have gotten me to this place. Now I can’t say ‘I am happy for no reason,’ it is an intent that I put out every day, it is a place I want to be at.”

  • What has changed in the older and wiser Mandira?

    Calling herself a work in progress Bedi said that she has lived pretty much her entire life operating from a space where she felt she wasn’t good enough. She discovered self-love only in her forties and realised that it is never too late for anything in life, and that is how her book starts. Self-love and acceptance thus form a big part of her book, along with gratitude.

  • What's the downside of being famous?

    Being a celebrity in the age of paparazzi and social media isn’t easy as often people in the limelight have to court controversies which are unnecessary. Even Bedi isn’t a stranger to this, a tattoo on her back incurred her much wrath. “I had a tattoo that said Ek Omkar, which is the first utterance of our Guru Granth Sahib; Ek Omkar Satnam, which means there is one God, God is one. When I got this tattoo, I wanted to have something which I could still feel connected to ten or fifteen years along the way. I got it in 2004. In 2007, I was covering the World Cup and India was out within the first week of the tournament. And because the Indian team was out of focus, they decided to focus on me and that’s when they brought it up. There were effigies of mine being burnt in Punjab because I had an Ek Omkar tattoo, not on a place that was disrespectful, it wasn’t on my foot, or hip or my stomach, it was on my back. I looked at it as a protection and it was such a beautiful thought,” adding that people still called it disrespectful. Eventually, after a case was filed against her, Mandira got tired and had it covered up.

  • How did Mandira bedi get into fitness?

    Mandira is known to be a fitness enthusiast, she said she initially got into shape because she had to participate in the reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2008. Realising that she was perhaps the oldest of the contestants, she worked on her fitness in a short duration of one month to be a strong contender. While Mandira didn’t win the show, fitness is now a way of life for her. “It got me into that space of fitness and wellness and eating well,” opining that you cannot beat what you eat. “Just because you are going to the gym doesn’t mean that you can go home and have two scoops of ice-cream or a slice of cake because you can’t beat what you eat, it is 70 percent food and 30 percent exercise. Maybe if you really train hard you can change that to 60: 40, but food is still the most important, you gotta zip your mouth a little bit.”

  • What is Mandira's fitness during COVID idea like?

    The video starts with Mandira talking about the routine and explaining that it is a high-intensity session. She commences the warm up with different variations of squats. She then moves on to a mix of lunges and squats. For the next exercise, she performs jumping jacks. The actress, then goes back to squats, but this time, she does sumo squats and adds some more variations to it. For the next step, she does simulated skips as the next step which is followed by scissors sideways. She dives straight into a plank after that and it is followed by a side plank. For the last part, she does more jumping exercises. Best part about the routine is that you do not need any equipment.

  • What was everybody's perception on Mandira Bedi and her Career VS Pregnancy ordeal?

    Ms Bedi said she was 'perceived as a career-oriented' person for prioritising her work commitments over having a child. "Living in Indian society, as a woman you tend to face several stereotypes. When I decided to delay my pregnancy due to work commitments, it was the most difficult decision I had to make. I was looked at differently, and people perceived me as a woman who is career-oriented," IANS quoted her as saying. "You would think that is a good trait to have, but our society thinks differently of a married woman. In fact, even after my child was born, I was always divided between my personal and professional lives,"

  • What is Mandira's message to every married woman?

    "I think my message to every married woman is to believe in yourself and your capabilities, rather than focusing on societal beliefs and norms. My career has made me into the person I am today. I have struggled and carved my niche in the entertainment industry and I feel very proud of it."

  • How has Mandira's husband helped her?

    Mandira Bedi added that Raj Kaushal has been a constant source of support for her and continues to help her strike a balance between personal and work life: "My only relief was my husband who supported me a lot through this phase and does till date. He takes care of our son so that I can manage my shoots."

  • What was Mandira's initial journey like?

    On the work front, Mandira Bedi made her Bollywood debut with the 1995 film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which featured Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead role. She went on to feature in movies and shows like Saaho, Ittefaq, CID, 24 and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. She has also hosted shows such as Fame Gurukul, Indian Idol Junior and India's Deadliest Roads.

  • Going from a lack of information on fitness to now an overload of it, what should we listen to?

    "I read up on a lot of things that are good for you. Some are new age and some exotic – the latest being apple cider vinegar in the morning. Sadly, they have all turned out to be fads that come and go. I believe what truly works is a tried and tested age-old mantra. My grandmother passed this on to me. We are so quick to adopt western fads, but something that has, over generations proven to be beneficial, we conveniently forget. In our house, my grandma used to wash copper pateelas and glasses every night, then fill them with drinking water before she slept. Before we were up our respective copper jugs and glasses were by our bedside. Looking back, we always took it for granted – it is only now when I manage a house that I know how time-consuming this must have been for her. But she did it because she knew that copper water has so many health benefits. Better immunity, digestion, and also a way to fight obesity! The other smaller long-term benefits are countless.”

  • How to start your mornings?

    We all know that your first waking hours set the tone for the rest of the day. Mandira adds, “I wake up in the morning and drink copper infused water from my Pureit Copper RO. This really kickstarts my metabolism, and only after that do I eat my breakfast of eggs, lunch is usually dal, roti, sabzi or of late, rice, and my evening meal is minus carbs. I can truly say that having my Pureit Copper RO means I can literally wakeup, walk to the kitchen and get my huge helping of copper water immediately. Whether I’ve had a late night, or an indulgent dinner, I know I can simply wake up and make sure my husband, my son and I get our daily copper nutrition. It has definitely been the most sensible addition to my kitchen and I would recommend it to everyone.” Don’t wait any longer. Go get the Pureit Copper RO today, and become a part of the fitness revolution.

  • What is Mandira Bedi's 45 min workout tip?

    Because of my frequent travel, I have devised various workout routines that can be done in a hotel room with minimal space. I call it the 5-4-3-2-1, comprising many different kinds of exercises, depending on my mood and energy levels. For instance, five-minute squats, four-minute jumping jacks, three-minute glute bridges (on heels, toes up), two-minute double crunches (abs), one-minute full burpee (with push-ups) — 15 minutes for the complete set. Repeat three times without a break, and bam, a full and complete 45-minute workout is done!

  • How important is working out and frequently does she exercise?

    Keeping fit also keeps me mentally and emotionally balanced, and I enjoy it thoroughly. I love swimming and running. When I broke my foot, which took two months to heal, I would swim 50 laps in a 25-metre-long pool every day. With my various travels, I sometimes end up at hotels that don’t have a gym. In those cases, I put on my running shoes and run, wherever my shoes and music take me. A good run will get my heart rate pumping and I break out into a serious sweat. That’s when I feel truly exercised.

  • What is her diet like?

    When it comes to food, I’ll eat anything vegetarian. I load up on paneer, soya, moong sprouts, eggs, yogurt and almond milk for protein. I enjoy food almost as much as I enjoy working out. I have a massive sweet tooth and the only way to keep a check on that is to give up sweets for a period of time at a stretch. I do this only because, when it comes to sweets, I know no moderation. Sunday is the day when I commit ‘carbicide’! With dosas, kadi-chawal and toast. I love nuts, makhana, puffed rice, cheese and popcorn. I eat plenty of fruits like kiwi and strawberry, which are full of antioxidants. I love green tea. If there is one unhealthy item on my list, it would have to be the high levels of caffeine in the few cups of coffee I consume every day!

  • What prompted you to write the book?

  • Did you consciously put the personal details about your life in the book?

  • How did the transition happen from "Angry for no reason" to "Happy for no reason"?

  • What are your viewpoint on Acceptance and Expectations?

  • What is your take on Faith?

  • You have quoted a lot of famous writers, Are you a reader?

  • How has Shanti helped you in your career and where you are?

  • Did you plan to be a Cricket commentator?

  • Was it daunting being between people who knew way more cricket than you? How did you manage?

  • What according to you is "fitness"?

  • What did Mandira Bedi have to say about her experiences?

    “With utmost gratitude, I look at my life having taken the most blessed and divine turns these last 25 years in entertainment. Each passing year, it has been getting and feeling better than the year gone by. I have lived life, going with the flow and that has brought me to the only goal I ever hoped to get to – being happy from within. Happy for no Reason is an attitude and an intent I put out, to wake up with every day of my life. Moreover, being invited by Penguin to author this book is a dream come true for me. But when you are in a place of true bliss you get to reach beyond what could be and what is!”

  • What are the different professions and roles she has exhibited in her life?

    In her life, Mandira Bedi has donned many hats. In addition to being a versatile actor, she is a successful entrepreneur, a social influencer, a sports lover, a fitness enthusiast, an advocate of body positivity, and now an author as well. A deeply personal narrative, her part-memoir-part-lifestyle manual will capture the many roles she juggles as a professional, a parent, and a home-maker.

  • What did Mandira's fitness video consist of?

    Mandira first explains about the routine saying that it is a high-intensity session. Then she begins the workout with different variations of squats. She then continues the workout with a mix of lunges and squats, jumping jacks, simulated skips, scissors sideways, and planks. She ends the 12-minute workout with more jumping exercises.

  • What is Mandira's plea to people during lockwdown?

    The 47-year-old urges people to stay positive during these times and advises them to stay away from rumours, citing how her attack was a result of that. “The day I got my attack, I worked myself into a frenzy to get into that space. The night before the incident, the last thing I saw was a video of someone coughing and people not taking it seriously. It was so negative and depressing. The next morning I woke up at 5.30am in a total state of panic,” she says.

  • What is Mandira's lockdown mantra?

    Bedi says she is now focusing on just being positive about the situation and wants people to not feel dejected. “I just want people to know that whatever they are going through is real but it is okay. The only thing to now do is to just be positive,” muses Bedi, while adding a tip or two about what one can do at home.

  • What advise does Mandira give?

    “My advise would be to have a routine. Use your time to exercise. I am putting a lot of home workout videos because that is what is keeping me going. Besides, I am also home schooling my son (Vir),” adds the actor. While socialising is out of question, Bedi says she and her husband, Raj Kaushal, have devised a unique way to keep in touch with friends. “What we do is we open a bottle of wine and then we video call our friends and we raise a toast together. Few days ago, I also celebrated my mother’s birthday on video,” she says.

  • What happen to Mandira in Australia?

    Like many others around the world, actor Mandira Bedi, too, is cooped up inside her home amid the coronavirus crisis. She reveals that she had a brief anxiety attack a few days back because of all the negativity with regards to the present situation. “I was in Australia for the women’s cricket World Cup and came in on March 9. I was in self-isolation and have been counting the days because the symptoms take 14 days to show. I have been so anxious, nervous and fearful that I actually did work myself up to get an asthma attack out of anxiety,” shares Bedi.

  • You have recently launched your own saree collection. What according to you defines a modern Indian woman?

    A modern Indian woman is one for whom the sky is no limit. There are women today who are storming every kind of bastion (not just the male bastions) and excelling in whatever they do. They can be successful bankers or pilots or fire fighters and wrestlers while at the same time balancing their home and family lives alongside. The modern Indian woman, is hardworking, a loving parent, daughter and wife, and a great multi-tasker!

  • What are your upcoming projects? And how hard is it running your fashion label?

    I have just finished shooting a web series called Smoke, a Hindi film called Vodka Diaries and am in the process of shooting a Tamil film called Adangatheyand Telugu-Hindi bilingual film called Saaho. Running my fashion label is one of the hardest things that I have done. I started designing sarees on a whim because I enjoy wearing them. But designing on a regular basis and the whole business of retail, is another world altogether. And it’s tough. But I am learning every day.

  • What is your fitness mantra?

    There is no secret to it. I work out and eat clean on a general basis. I do binge once in a while but always try to find my way back to good food habits and self-discipline.

  • Which actor or actresses’ fashion sense do you like the most?

    I think Deepika Padukone dresses beautifully and so does Priyanka Chopra. I love the style of Rekha too — classic and timeless.

  • What do you prefer wearing the most?

    I love wearing a pair of jeans and a singlet. That’s me all the time, when I’m not working. Else for shows and events I wear a lot of sarees and am often asked to wear evening gowns as well. On a night out I enjoy wearing shorts, dresses or jumpsuits.

  • How do you balance work and motherhood?

    I think that every working mother who is a hands-on mom will find balancing work and family life difficult. But we find solutions on a day-to-day or week-toweek basis. My formula works for me but each mother has to find out what works for her and the children.

  • What advice would you give to those who are aspiring to make a career in this industry?

    Please don’t drop out of school or give up your education to be in this business. Your education will always hold you in good stead. So don’t give it up. The second thing you have to know is that, along with the highs, there will always be some lows. But nothing is permanent. Enjoy the good times. Hang in there through the tough times. Good times or bad, remember that this too shall pass!

  • Why a memoir? (Happy for no reason)

    It isn’t really a memoir as much as a lifestyle book. It will talk of letting go, reinvention, fitness and my favourite topic: gratitude!

  • So, what will be the biggest takeaway for readers from your book?

    It talks of things that have mattered to me and the challenges I have encountered. I expect it to be relatable with some sort of takehome for everyone. A fool learns from his own mistakes and a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Let those who read this book learn from mine.

  • Were there any particular challenges that pushed you towards a more holistic lifestyle?

    Whose life isn’t without challenges? I’ve struggled with my weight and the downs and lows in my life. Being in the business of entertainment, I have struggled with insecurities. I have had anger issues and have been fully aware of having them. So, I have worked on myself very hard to become a better person.

  • Do you miss being a cricket anchor? Would you go back to it?

    I absolutely loved my cricket stint [2003–2015], so when the channel stopped calling me to be a part of the broadcast, I was crestfallen. But I let go of the sadness. Now, when I see female cricket anchors, I’m happy that being the first, I opened doors for others. I am doing some fabulous roles in movies and web shows now. I have a saree label and am a busy, working, hands-on mom. So, if people call me for cricket, I don’t have the time now.

  • Do you get to travel for work?

  • What's the best thing about travelling for work?

  • Tell us about your favorite hotel?

  • What's your favorite holiday destination?

  • What kind of traveller are you?

  • Are your co-travelers like you, too?

  • Are you a light traveler?

  • What do you usually shop for when on a holiday?

  • What's on your travel wishlist?

  • Any morning ritual you do for health?

  • How often do you eat?

  • What's your breakfast like?

  • What are your lunch and dinner like?

  • What do you snack on?

  • Around what time do you have your last meal?

  • What time do you usually workout?

  • Favorite meal of the day?

  • What's your favorite cuisine?

  • What do you usually have post-workout?

  • Do you prepare specially for events and shoots?

  • What is your weakness?

  • Do you believe in cheat meals?

  • How do you manage to stay fit during travelling?

  • Which is the healthiest alcohol?

  • Do you count your calorie intake?

  • What's the craziest diet you've ever followed?

  • What keeps you motivated?

  • Do you have any "tweaks"?

  • Any major lifestyle changes after motherhood?

  • How do you get abs?

  • Message to women in their 40s?

  • Were you a model first or a copywriter?

  • How did “Shanti” happen?

  • How many episodes did you do for Shanti?