Mandira Bedi was in Kolkata recently with her director-hubby Raj Kaushal. Diganta Guha speaks to the actress:
We liked you in Matrimony, one of the stories of Dus Kahaniyaan…
It was a three-day shoot and I enjoyed doing it. It was such a nice concept, ten different stories but no common thread. They were about anything and everything. You may not like every story but you do go home liking five or six of them.
Matrimony was about two timing…how would you react if your husband cheated on you?
I don’t know how I would react if that situation arose. God forbid, if something like that happens, I will deal with it at that point of time. You have to be in a situation to know what do at that point of time.
Your husband Raj Kaushal has always stood by you, isn’t it?
He is my best friend, pillar of strength and out of the two he is the better human being. I am very blessed to have him in my life. A lot of husbands are male chauvinists, but he is not. My work keeps me out of Mumbai but he is so understanding. He has come here just to be with me for a day.
There were rumours that you were going the family way…
I never plan. Whatever happens is unpredictable. When the child in our family happens it will. I am not goal oriented.
Being a cricket enthusiast, what is your take on the Harbhajan Singh issue in Australia?
As a cricket presenter what I would like to say is that I admire the very brave step that BCCI took. The players rallied around Harbhajan. My personal view is that something has been done wrong and we are looking at a country (Australia) which has faced accusations of racism. So, to accuse a person from our country of racism is quite shocking.
A lot of films on sports beyond cricket are happening in Bollywood. What is your view?
It’s great that sports like hockey and others are being showcased in films. And mind you Chak De! India was about women’s hockey. But I think you need real icons in sports outside cricket to develop people’s interest in them. After Sania Mirza made a headway, people are watching tennis.
What’s keeping Mandira Bedi occupied?
I am just through with the Dream Job show on ESPN. I am doing a lot of corporate events and then there is a TV show with Navjot Sidhu. There are some scripts coming my way from the south, so I am going through them. I have a film called Meerabai Not Out, which is on cricket.