Having acted in practically every regional film, actress Monica Bedi believes that the Southern film industry is more professional and punctual than Bollywood, and that Bollywood is now learning a lot from their counterparts down South.
"Undoubtedly, Bollywood is more lavish in every respect, but due to their large budgets, they also tend to be a little lax sometimes," says Bedi, in Chandigarh on Monday, and adds, "I am still waiting on my re-entry into Hindi films, and am in talks with some people regarding a few projects that are quite interesting."
With her character in the ongoing soap Saraswatichandra being brought back due to public demand, she’s of the view that the life of a TV actor is tougher than that of an actor who’s preparing a film. “Working hours are so much longer, and it’s not like your work is over in a few months, if you’re playing the leading character,” says Monica.
She does, however, add that the love and appreciation she has received from this medium is much more than what she got for any film.
Her dream role would be the one that was made iconic by Nargis in Mother India. “I want to play a very strong and principled woman like Nargis ji did,” says Bedi.
A little known fact about this Punjabi kudi is that her first language is actually Norwegian, on account of her having lived her childhood there.
Currently, Monica is shooting for director Navaniat Singh’s Rambo Ranjha alongside Jazzy B and Garry Sandhu. She essays the role of a police officer in the film.