MUMBAI: The Bollywood actress, fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur, Mandira Bedi is currently hosting the online show 'Shaadi Fit'. She recently opened up on how a girl is constantly judged by the Indian society for being career-oriented and how she faced the difficult phase when she decided to delay her pregnancy.
Referring to the different stereotypes that a girl has to face, Bedi said, "Living in Indian society, as a woman you tend to face several stereotypes. When I decided to delay my pregnancy due to work commitments, it was the most difficult decision I had to make. I was looked at differently, and people perceived me as a woman who is career-oriented. You would think that is a good trait to have, but our society thinks differently of a married woman. In fact, even after my child was born, I was always divided between my personal and professional lives."
Mandira is married to the filmmaker Raj Kaushal and while it was difficult for her to face all the societal pressures and stereotypes, Kaushal's constant support allowed her to emerge as victorious. The Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge star said, "My only relief was my husband who supported me a lot through this phase and does till date. He takes care of our son so that I can manage my shoots. I think my message to every married woman is to believe in yourself and your capabilities, rather than focusing on societal beliefs and norms. My career has made me into the person I am today. I have struggled and carved my niche in the entertainment industry and I feel very proud of it."
On the professional front, the actress is currently hosting the MX Player streaming show 'Shaadi Fit' which is about four couples prepping themselves for their big day. The couples get advises and also contest against each other to win the title of "fit couple".