I don’t think I have ever been paid for my looks,” says a candid Sandhya Mridul, while speaking about how her purpose is to act and not simply look good. “If it’s only about looking good, please call Deepika Padukone. Not that Deepika isn’t a good actor. She is a fantastic one. But she is also the most beautiful woman I have seen. For me, glamour is really not the reason to choose something. If you want me to look beautiful and make me act then, of course, I’m all for it,” she says.
Sandhya is known for her forthright nature and preference for unconventional roles. Be it her character as a homosexual man’s wife in Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) or her role as Konkana Sen Sharma’s politically incorrect roommate in Page 3 (2005), the actor has always picked varied roles. Sandhya says, “I could never do commercial cinema because I could never find a role worth my while as an actor. But today, many actors, who wouldn’t have been noticed earlier, are getting work. I have had a hard time, too. I found a lot of characters interesting, but they were not given any importance earlier.”
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Playing the second fiddle
Sandhya has also forayed into television with shows such as Banegi Apni Baat and Swaabhimaan. The actor returned to the medium this year with a show directed by Nikhil Advani. “I’m often told that I left television. I didn’t leave television, the content did. It’s sad that television has always played second fiddle [to Bollywood]. But we are to blame. The content that we are churning out deserves to be in that space,” she says.
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In an interview earlier this year, the actor had asserted that it was nobody’s business to question her about her personal life. She says, “Relationships are very hard. But I would say if you feel that you have found the right person, stand up for them and work on the relationship. I do not understand people who are in relationships and still cheat.” Sandhya adds that she doesn’t believe a relationship has to “last forever”. “I’m not cynical; I don’t think that it can’t happen. Every relationship brings something with it, so let’s respect that while it lasts,” she says.