Back on TV as a government agent in an Indian version of an American show, Mandira opens up to CS about her new project, return to acting and motherhood….
A team apart
Anil sir (Anil Kapoor) is a livewire. He brings a different kind of energy onto the sets. People younger than him flop into a chair after running around for an hour, but he’s indefatigable. He is a great motivator, and I feel privileged to be a part of a project that has the likes of him and Shabanaji (Shabana Azmi). They encourage you to bring out give your best as a performer. Funnily, I wasn’t being considered for this particular role.
Return to acting
I thoroughly enjoyed being a cricket anchor on TV. I feel great when I see female sports anchors on almost every sports channel. It feels nice to know that I was the first to take the plunge. The last show I did was Kyunki…, which was nine years ago. I came to TV with a show like Shanti, which had great content. I could not see myself as a part of the shows being made lately. I find them very regressive and uninspiring. So, when I got this chance I grabbed it with both hands. People had stopped looking at me as an actor, I hope to change that with this show.
Well, designing just happened by chance. I enjoy dressing up and creating my own clothes. Sometime back, I bought fabric for a sari, and told the tailor to make a border and give a piping. My husband saw the final product and encouraged me to pursue my designing skills.
Pillar of support
I have been working since the past 19 years. However, life has changed after my son, Vir has come into my life. I really understand how hard it is for a working parent to devote equal time to work and kids. I try to work for five days in a week as much as possible. On days when I am home, I am with him 24x7. My husband, Raj is a hands-on dad. We make sure that if I am travelling, he’s home with the kid and vice versa. He is my biggest pillar of support and source of encouragement.