Mandira Bedi was seen as a coy, demure girl-next-door when she debuted on television with ‘Shanti’. Even in her debut film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, her character was that of a simple, homely girl. But all changed in 2003 when she hosted the show ‘Extraaa Innings’ during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. Her style statement, love for sarees and her sex appeal became her new identity and ever since, her previous avatar became a distant memory. In the years to come, Mandira became quite health conscious and is today one of the fittest actors around.
Mandira Bedi was recently seen in the suspense drama Ittefaq in a small role as Akshaye Khanna’s wife. Prior to that, she achieved a lot of praise for her role of Nikita Rai in Anil Kapoor’s fast-paced action flick show ‘24’. Mandira essayed the role played by Mary Lynn Rajskub in the original. The latter in fact wanted to feature in the Indian version of ‘24’ as well but Anil Kapoor declined, reasoning that he has found a better Indian actress for her part, referring to Mandira Bedi! However, Mandira wasn’t seen in second season of ‘24’. Her upcoming film is the big-budget tri-lingual Saaho, co-starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor.
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