More than two decades the iconic show Shanti changed the face of women in Indian television. A demure Shanti, essayed by actor Mandira Bedi, catapulted her to heights of success unheard of any woman in the TV industry.
However, it is cricket, Bedi believes, that came as the turning point of her life. Donning several hats, actor and comparer, her recent venture is fashion.
In the latest edition of Lakme Fashion Week Mandira showcased her collection.
Talking to media Mandira Bedi shared that it was the compeering stint she has enjoyed in course of her career in the entertainment industry spanning more than 20 years.
"I have loved doing live shows and that gives me a pump. It is a very different feel. There is no chance of retakes during live shows and that really challenges me," Mandira said.
The actor-turned-comparer had never planned anything and revealed it wasn’t a conscious decision to make career choices and she took whatever came her way.
She even went on saying cricket had been a turning point of her life and after her stint as an anchor she was offered similar roles in films which she had to deny.
"People forgot I was an actor before gaining success in anchoring. That was one of the turning phases of my career," Mandira said
Tracing her journey Mandira said she would have been a part of many more films, but she chose to do influencing roles rather than taking up anything served on her plate.
About the overhaul in entertainment industry over the years Mandira said though things have gone for a toss, Indian television still needs a show with a powerful character like Shanti for audiences to take inspiration from.
"We need more Shantis’ in this world. Had the show come today, it would have been more appreciated and impactful."
The actor was in Indore on Monday.