I’m not the typical heroine, but a box office hit wouldn’t hurt: Sandhya Mridul
A little bit of Pearl and Dina from Page 3 and Saathiya is what makes Sandhya the person she isbrunch Updated: Dec 10, 2016 18:48 IST
Date of birth: March 28
Place of birth: Jaipur
School/College: Mater Dei School; Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi
First break: Saathiya (2002)
High Point: When I became an actor after my corporate career
Low point: After Page 3 (2005), I was supposed to have a lot of work. But I didn’t because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself and where I wanted to go
Currently I am: Working on my TV show, Prisoners of War: Bandi Yuddh Ke
Your brother is a judge at the High Court and so was your father. Do you often indulge in debates at the dinner table?
Yes, there are conversations about the government, news, justice and even poetry. They’ve ruined my chances of getting a guy because they’ve set the standards so high that nobody matches.
One thing about TV content that has changed over time.
For a long time, it was about bahus, then came the reality shows. In the last two years, it’s been a mixed bag; people are taking in what they like.
Is it a conscious decision to play strong female characters in your films?
No, that isn’t the case, unless it’s a character I’ve really liked. Also, women embody strength. When my father passed away, I thought it would sap my mother, a housewife, of her strength. But looking back, I realise that she’s the strongest woman I’ve met. She internalised her pain and did what she had to with dignity. I find such characters real, which is why I play them.
You’ve steered clear of out-and-out commercial cinema. Has that been a planned move?
I never saw myself as the typical heroine playing clichés in commercial films; I couldn’t picture myself on those sets.
Which of your characters do you relate to the most?
A little bit of Pearl and Dina from Page 3 and Saathiya is what makes me. Dina is the good girl in me and Pearl is the liberated part of me.
What’s your idea of love?
You’ve got to give it all you’ve got or don’t go through it. You’ve got to cry and laugh, it’s got to take everything that you have – I will not sit on the fence with that. If you feel it, you go for it or else you don’t.
Three things that turn you on in a man...
A sense of humour, strong arms and generosity.
Party till dawn or gym in wee hours?
Neither. I’d rather sleep early and do yoga at leisure.
A box office hit or a festival favourite?
I’ve chosen the festival favourite but a box office hit wouldn’t hurt!
What does it take to survive in this industry?
Resilience and being a little less headstrong wouldn’t be bad.
What would you change about yourself?
I think I should learn to be diplomatic but not much has happened on that front. I’m better than before though. I’m not pleasing anyone, but I’m not bashing anyone either.
A learning from a past relationship...
You will get what you will allow.
A hideout place in the city we’ll always find you at...
What’s on your bedside table right now?
A mixed powder of amla and mishri that my mother sent to strengthen my immunity.
The most embarrassing moment of your life...
When I ran into a packed elevator and told the liftman ‘Versova’, thinking it was a taxi. Everyone recognised me and they were all laughing.
One thing that stirs you up...
Passion. I love passionate people.
Socially awkward or the life of a party?
A bit of both. I’m socially reticent. But if I’m with people I’m close to, then I’m the life of the party.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday...
It would start with eating aloo paratha and move on to spending time on music, reading, and ideally, with a wonderful companion to love, who would read his own books. If I’m in Delhi, it would be with my mom, just watching random television with her and eating food cooked by her.
If you were on Tinder, your bio would read...
Do not call me, I’ll call you.
Three often used phrases or words.
You don’t understand, seriously and full siyyapa.
If you were given a chance to have dinner with any three people from the industry, who would you invite?
Can I invite four please? It would be Tabu, Gauri Shinde, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar.
Film: Angoor (1982)
Food: Daal chawal and jeera aloo made by my mother
Travel destination: Ladakh
Book: Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
From HT Brunch, December 11
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