The husky laughter reaches before the visual does — of a slim woman in jeans, boots and a transparent black Tee showing off perfect abs. Sandhya Mridul is at ease with her sexiness and the effect she has on men.
Right now, she's Rhea, the manipulative shrew in the play Double Deal, keeping her co-actor (Mahesh Manjrekar) on stage, dithering between come-hither and get lost looks. But she can be anything those killer cheekbones and attractive square jaw allow her to be.
Are you doing a play till a good film offer comes along?
I have been wanting to do a play. Theatre is a very satisfying medium. Doing a play mobilises your mind and body, I wanted that experience. I mean how many times do you leave a film or TV set with the feeling that you’ve learnt something?
When I got nominated for awards for
, I thought I’d cheated because I was just playing myself.
If praise comes easy, you get complacent. But at this play’s rehearsals, I’m like a child, craving to learn something new.
|Sandhya Mridul will next be seen in the film Just Married.|
Double Deal. What was that like?
I enjoyed doing Zen Katha because I had to take martial arts classes. But it was much easier compared to
I keep thinking I can still make my character go places.
Do you think because you come across as a strong person, you get slotted in negative parts?
Probably, the old school thinks that way. Nadiraji once said, “
Ek baar Shri 420 mein cigarette kya peeli, mujhe to vamp hi bana diya.
Yeah, so I am not a doll, I like strong parts. That's why I do films like
Deadline 24 Ghante
. I don't mind playing vamps, they don’t have to be sleazy.
And if you’re giving me sleaze, be clear about it. This kind of clarity comes only from a certain kind of filmmakers. I’ve been working with a new breed of directors who’re absolutely fantastic.
Some filmmakers may have preconceived notions about me till they meet me. Having said that, I ‘d add that I’m not the typically sweet, haan mein haan milane wali.
After Saathiya, I got many offers of the same kind but I didn’t want to be wasted. I did Pearl in Page 3 because the part had substance. I love to act, just being in a film does not excite me though.. acting does.