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Mandira Bedi
Bedi in 2017
Born (1972-04-15) 15 April 1972 (age 52)
Occupation(s)Actress, television presenter, fashion designer
(m. 1999; died 2021)

Mandira Bedi (born 15 April 1972)[1] is an Indian actress, fashion designer,[2] and television presenter. She gained recognition by playing the title role in the 1994 television show, Shanti, which was telecast on India's national channel, Doordarshan. In 2019, she played a negative role in the movie Saaho.[3] Bedi also appeared in many Hindi TV serials like Aurat, Dushman and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Following this, she began hosting ICC Cricket World Cups in 2003 and 2007, Champions Trophies in 2004 and 2006 and Indian Premier League for Sony Max.[4][5] Bedi has been a promoter of faux leather for PETA.[6] She debuted as a fashion designer during Lakme Fashion Week 2014 with her saree collection.[5] In 2013, Bedi launched her signature sari store.[7]

Early life and family[edit]

Mandira Bedi was born in Calcutta[8] to Verinder Singh and Gita Bedi. She has a maternal relation with (late) Teji Singh who is wife of (late) Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. Her elder brother is a bank investor.[9] She did her schooling at Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay[10] and graduated from the St. Xavier's College, Bombay.[10] Thereafter, she did her post graduation from Sophia Polytechnic College, Bombay.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bedi with her husband Raj Kaushal at Esha Deol's wedding reception in 2012.

Bedi married Raj Kaushal on 14 February 1999. It was announced on 27 January 2011 that the couple was expecting their first child. Bedi gave birth to a boy named Vir on 19 June 2011 at the Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai.[11] In 2013, Bedi and her husband applied to adopt a girl. On 28 July 2020, they adopted a 4-year-old and named her Tara Bedi Kaushal.[12]

Kaushal died on 30 June 2021 due to a cardiac arrest.[13]



Year Film Role Language
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Preeti Singh Hindi
2000 Badal N/A Hindi
2004 Shaadi Ka Laddoo Tara Hindi
Manmadhan[14] Psychiatrist Tamil
2005 Naam Gum Jaayega Nalini Hindi
Bali Anchal Hindi
Divorce Renuka Joshi Hindi
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Pooja Hindi
2008 Meerabai Not Out Meera A. Achrekar Hindi
2009 42kms Sanjana Hindi
2014 O Teri Sherry Hindi
2017 Ittefaq Dev's wife Hindi
2018 Vodka Diaries Shikha Dixit Hindi
2019 The Tashkent Files Indira Joseph Roy Hindi
Saaho Kalki Telugu/Hindi


Year Title Role
1994–1998 Shanti Shanti
1995 Aahat
1996 Aurat Pragati
1997–1998 Ghar Jamai Chandni
1998–1999 Aap Ki Shanti Host[15]
1999 Hello Friends Julie
2000–2001 Dushman Sujata Prem Verma
2000 CID Reshma
2001 Dil Chahata Hai Radhika
2001–2003 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Dr. Mandira Kapadia
2002 Jai Mahabharat Rajkumari Draupadi / Maharani Draupadi
2003 Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin Mandira
Extraaa Innings[16] Host/presenter
2005 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Cookie Sharma
Fame Gurukul Host
CID: Special Bureau Sagarika
Deal Ya No Deal Host
2006 Fear Factor India Contestant
2007–2008 Funjabbi Chak De Host
2008 Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star Host
2009 Ek Se Badhkar Ek – Jalwe Sitaron Ke Host
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 2 Contestant
2013 Indian Idol Junior Host
24 Nikita Rai
2014 Gangs of Haseepur Judge
2015 I Can Do That Contestant
2016 India's Deadliest Roads[17] Herself
2023 The Railway Men Rajbir Kaur

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Language Ref.
2018 Smoke Tia Hindi [18]
2019 Thinkistan Anushka Shroff Hinglish
2019 Shaadi Fit Host Hindi
2017 Romil & Jugal Ahalya Hindi [19]
2021 Qubool Hai 2.0 Ms. Damini Sood Hindi [20]
2021 Six Ruhana Dhulaap Hindi


  1. ^ "Birthday Special: Taking fashion lessons from Mandira Bedi". Rediff. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  2. ^ "LFW 2014: Neha Dhupia stuns on the ramp, Mandira Bedi makes her ramp debut as designer". The Indian Express. 14 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Shanti the iconic woman character from dds1994". 7 November 2020.
  4. ^ Bamzai, Kaveree (6 July 2019). "From Mandira Bedi to Mayanti Langer– how Indian cricket shows went beyond noodle straps".
  5. ^ a b "Mandira Bedi to debut as a Designer at Lakme Fashion Week 2014". news.biharprabha.com. Indo-Asian News Service. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Mandira Bedi to promote faux leather for Peta". The Times of India. 25 July 2012. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Mandira Bedi's sari store open for public now". DNA India. 27 October 2013. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ Dasgupta, Sumit (20 March 2003). "Born in Calcutta, reborn in the Cup". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Archived from the original on 24 April 2003. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Manria Bedi marriage and relationship". 5 February 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "After 24, the appreciation has been very gratifying: Mandira Bedi". Hindustan Times. 24 January 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  11. ^ "A Glimpse Of Mandira Bedi's Mother-Son Moment With Vir". NDTV.com. May 2020.
  12. ^ "Mandira Bedi, husband Raj Kaushal will soon adopt a girl child". Mid-Day. 26 August 2013. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Actress Mandira Bedi's husband Raj Kaushal passes away". Karuna Tyagi. Times Now. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Mandira Bedi says yes to Silambarasan!". www.rediff.com.
  15. ^ "Real life Shanti". 13 December 1998. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  16. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup: Love her or hate her, no one could ignore Mandira Bedi". India Today.
  17. ^ "Get ready to see Mandira Bedi driving a truck on India's Deadliest Roads". India Today. 3 October 2016.
  18. ^ Rao, Soumya (4 November 2018). "Web series 'Smoke' lets a dream cast go to waste". Scroll.in. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Ekta Kapoor's Romil and Jugal is a modern, gay take on Romeo-Juliet. Actors Rajeev Siddhartha and Manraj Singh reveal more". The Indian Express. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Mandira's role in Qubool hai 2.0". 12 March 2021.

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