TV viewers loved her as Shanti, and loved to hate her as Mandira of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. After staying away from fiction shows for nine years, actor Mandira Bedi is set to make a comeback. At 41, she is glad she won’t be playing a mother on-screen.
Mandira is confident her new show will be a “game-changer”, but doesn’t divulge any details about it.
“I can’t say anything about it because I haven’t signed the contract yet. All I can tell you is that it is going to be a game-changer on Indian television. It had to be something special for me to come back because all these years, I’ve been away from fiction and, yes, this is not even a daily soap,” she says.
The multi-faceted actor, who has been in plays, TV soaps, films and live shows — and featured in two T-20 tournaments telecasts — adds: “All my contemporaries are playing moms on screen, I’m not playing a mother in this one. I’ve been able to dodge that bullet so far. I’ve been in this business for 19 years, and so if I’ve managed to dodge the bullet for that long. I hope to do that for more time.” Mandira will also be seen playing an anchor on the music reality show, Indian Idol Junior.