Mumbai: One of the most prominent faces on television, actress Mandira Bedi says all her energy is directed towards ensuring to be a good parent to her two children, ever since she lost her filmmaker husband Raj Kaushal in June. She said her children – her 10-year-old son Vir and daughter Tara, 5, mean the world to her.
“My motivation to keep working, striving and doing better… My greatest motivation is my children. Everything I do, I do for them. They are my reason to carry on, my reason to live, to do better, to be better. They are the reason that I have courage, strength, the reason for me to earn. I need to be a good parent for them,” Bedi told in a media interview.
The 49-year-old actor has given appearances in films like ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, and the anthology ‘Dus Kahaniyaan’, she found acclaim and fame on the small screen with hit shows like ‘Shanti’, ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and ’24’.
Mandira has also hosted ICC Cricket World Cups in the years 2003 and 2007, the Champions Trophies in the years 2004 and 2006, and the Indian Premier League season 2.
Bedi considers her career to have been full of challenges, however, she feels no regrets as the setbacks have only taught her lessons that success would not have been able to. “There have been many challenges, the downs have been challenging, there have been difficult times. But the public memory is short. You are known by the last project you have done. By God’s grace I have had a lot of work behind me. The ups are wonderful, when you are experiencing them they are great. “When you are down, they make you appreciate the good times. You learn more from your failures than you do from success. The downs give you perspective in life, that’s the way I look at challenges. I have had a lot that I have faced in my life and there is always growth and learning from them,” she added.
On professional front, Bedi is currently back with the third season of the Romedy NOW original, ‘The Love Laugh Live’ Show, where she reprising her role as the host. Talking about the show she said it is a “happy, positive show,” adding that, “The world could do with a lot more positivity, I know I could. Every time I meet any of our guests, the line of questioning is so lovely, upbeat that anyone who is watching it can get that vibration. I feel it when I am hosting it. There is a lot that people have gone through in the last year and a half.
“To know that people who are in the public eye have also struggled and how they have overcome those struggles is something that audiences would love to hear, experience and see,” she added.
Over the years, Bedi has transitioned herself to the digital medium, working on web series like ‘Smoke’ and ‘Qubool Hai 2.0’ and now she believes she is in the best phase of her professional life. “I have got to see change in the way entertainment is consumed, looked at, and evolved. I am blessed to be around at a time like this, there is social media, OTT platforms. There is so much more an artiste can do now. I feel grateful that the best work that is coming my way, is coming now,” she further added.