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My saris salute simplicity: Mandira Bedi

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu   April 14, 2014
First Published: 11:11 IST(14/4/2014) | Last Updated: 11:15 IST(14/4/2014)

Ever since her demure debut in TV serial Shanti, Mandira Bedi hasn’t left a single stone unturned to prove her versatility — from acting to anchoring to modeling. Now, the pretty damsel is ready to embark on a new artistic journey, that of designing saris.

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“If you ask me to design an Anarkali or a Patiala salwar kameez, I will fail, miserably. But, when it comes to a sari, I will exceed your expectations. I have been adorning this six-yard beauty for the past two decades — be it on the red carpet or at social events,” maintained Bedi.

On Thursday evening in Ludhiana, Bedi announced her association with Tara Jewellers, where her brand of saris would be available for sale. Interestingly, she chose Ludhiana as the first city in north India to exhibit her contemporary creations because she feels “women here are highly fashionable and the city is one of the biggest business hubs of the country.”

When asked who motivated her to take this route, she said, “Although I knew that my love for saris was going to culminate in a similar fashion, my husband was the one who noticed my love for this piece of garment. Finally, last September, with my husband’s support, I opened up my first store in Mumbai — Sarees by Mandira Bedi.”

About her design outlook, she added, “My saris salute simplicity; they are not embellished with heavy embroidery but they are effective, flattering and contemporary.”

About her versatility, she said, “I am of the opinion that we all must discover ourselves and should never underestimate ourselves. There is talent wrapped in all of us. But, we can unlock it only if we explore it. I feel happy for the fact that I rose above acting, which has added lot of variety and charm in my life. After all, variety is the spice of life”.

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