After Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar, Mandira Bedi is set to host yet another song-and-dance reality show on television — Ek Se Badhkar Ek — taking over the reins from Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kissen. We caught up with her as she came to the city to celebrate the opening of the 100th Café Coffee Day outlet.
Why did she agree to take on the show? “It’s the first time that I am stepping into somebody else’s shoes,” she says. “The reason is the six-week extension of the show, something that Ravi could not fulfill due to his professional commitments. So I took the opportunity.”
Mandira or Ravi, who according to her would have conducted the show in a better way? Says Mandira, “Ravi Kissen has a certain flow that he provided to the show but I’m taking it to a completely different level altogether. I can’t do what he does and he can’t do what I do.”
Though audiences are bound to compare the two anchors, Mandira is confident of doing the job well. “There are bound to be comparisons, but I’m always up for a challenge.” But she agrees that it’d take some time for her to “get into the groove”. “By the second episode,” she says, “I will be perfectly warmed up and all set to rock.
Moving on, we talk about her fetish for anchoring. Is she not scared of appearing monotonous? “No, not really,” she says. “If you enjoy anchoring as I really do, then I don’t think there is any need to set a limit. I do films, I do theatre, I host corporate events, and so I have lot of variety. Moreover, my audience sees me on one channel, so till the time I am not giving them an overdose of myself, I am happy.”
As far as going back to acting in television serials is concerned, Bedi says she has no plans to do so at the moment, citing lack of positive roles. “Acting on television right now is a big ‘no’ as there is not even one role that excites me.
Neither would I like to play the role of a suffering victim as I would not like to promote such stereotypes.”
The inspirational character she played in the 1995 TV serial Shanti is the kind of role she wishes to portray on the small screen. So she puts in a request to scriptwriters to come up with fresh characters, those that the audience will easily associate with.