Birth: 15-04-1972, Kolkatta, West Bengal, India

Mandira Bedi is an Indian actress, model and television presenter who gained celebrity status playing the title role in the 1994 television serial, Shanti, shown on Doordarshan which was the first ever daily soap on Indian television.

 

She also did other shows like like Aurat (DD and Sony), Dushman (DD) and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (Star Plus). Taking her career to the next level, she started with hosting for ICC Cricket World Cups in the years 2003 and 2007 and the Champions Trophies in the years 2004 and 2006 as well as the Indian Premier League season 2 for Sony Max. She fronted the coverage of IPL season 3 for the British Network - ITV.

 

A native of Mumbai, Mandira Bedi was born on April 15 1972 in Kolkata to Verinder Singh Bedi and Gita Bedi. She has her ancestral roots in the Khatri clan of Fazilka, a town in Punjab. Her father worked with ICI on a transferable job but she spent her childhood in South Mumbai. She studied at Mumbai's Cathedral and John Connon School and did her Graduation in Economics from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai followed by a post-graduation in Media from Sophia Polytech, which is also located in Mumbai.

 

After her star-making turn in Shanti, Bedi appeared in a supporting role in the 1995 film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Among her other career highlights was a stint as one of the presenters on the Indian television talent contest/reality show, Fame Gurukul, replacing R. Madhavan as the anchor of Deal Ya No Deal, and performing hosting duties on the musical reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star on Star One. She was a judge for two comedy shows called Funjabi Chak De and Laughter Knights along with Navjot Sidhu on Star One. 

 

Ever since she turned cricket show anchor, she has hosted over 150 corporate events, shows and awards for companies like Asian Paints, HSBC, Cartier, ICICI bank, ING vysya, Anand Bazaar Patrika Group, Samsung, L&T, Deutshche Bank, BMW, Audi, LG, Canon, Citibank, Diageo, Accenture and Puma. With her involvement in cricket she was named the brand ambassador for the women's Cricket Team of India in 2004 and 2005 and toured a bit with the women's cricket team and was instrumental in getting them a few sponsorship deals in that period. 

 

Her tryst with fashion continued when she was made the brand ambassador and face of Satya Paul's cricket signature line of sarees.

 

She was the brand ambassador for Sony Max from 2004 to 2007. In 2008 she was involved in a summer campaign and music video for Nick. She has been actively involved in theatre and has acted in two plays: Laughing Wild (95 shows) and Anything But Love (150 shows). She has also anchored many award ceremonies. She has won two style awards: The MTV Lycra Style Award and the DNA Style Award for the most stylish person on television.

 

Bedi has appeared on the cover of many magazines like Femina, Maxim India, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. She has done many fashion features for magazines like Verve, Vogue India, Grazia, Elle and L'Officiel.

 

Mandira Bedi married Raj Kaushal on February 14, 1999and she gave birth to a baby boy on June 19, 2011.