Actress-anchor Mandira Bedi, who gained celebrity status playing the title role in the 1994 television serial, ‘Shanti’, shown on India’s national channel, Doordarshan, which was the first ever daily soap on Indian television.
The actress runs marathons and has worked her way towards washboard abs.
She feels her fittest ever, and finds it interesting that she is mostly offered roles of either a gangster or a police officer.
She said, “Over the last two years, the roles that get offered to me are either of a gangster or of a cop. By the way, I am pretty bada. So, it’s nice.”
“I am happy. The short hair and the whole fitness thing. People can only see me as a cop or a gangster,” she added.
Mandira, who has in recent times played a government agent in TV show ‘24’, says, “I have changed a lot from then, of course.”
Mandira said, “Running has become a huge thing. People are taking to it more than ever. Even if I step out at 7 a.m. in my neighborhood, there are around 20 or 25 runners, a mix of struggling and seasoned ones. The running culture has picked up over the last two years… For me, running is like meditation.”
Mandira said the trigger for her journey towards fitness was an invitation to be a part of reality TV show ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’.–CINEWS