Mandira Bedi (Punjabi: ਮੰਦਿਰਾ ਬੇਦੀ, Hindi: मनढ़दिरा बेदी, Urdu: مندٝرا بیدی), is an Indian Bollywood actress, who shot to international fame first as television star in the soap Shanti and then as a television presenter during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and also in 2007 Cricket World Cup. Although she doesn't quite contribute to the cricket talk shows in sense of knowledge, she does contribute to the X-factor leading to increased TRPs of the show. Bedi created a stir in Bangladesh over her unwarranted criticism of the Bangladeshi Cricket Team following their win against India in the World Cup 2007 group stages. She also reportedly loves wearing off-shoulder tops. She recently posed for the magazine Maxim. She was born (April 15, 1972) and brought up in Bombay and is married to an Indian movie director Raj Kaushal on February 14, 1999, and lives in Bandra, Mumbai. She received national acclaim through her debut television serial Shanti (1995).
She was in the middle of a controversy recently when she was spotted wearing a tatto on her back. This infuriarated the Sikh community. She has reportedly apologised to the SGPC.
She was also one of the presenters in the Indian television show, Fame Gurukul which ended on 20 October 2005. Mandira Bedi replaced R. Madhavan as the Anchor of Deal Ya No Deal.
Among her notable films are Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) and Manmadhan (2004) Tamil film.
She was also one of the main villains in the hit Indian drama Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, in which she played Mandira in the old days.
Another controversy has hit Mandira Bedi with her wearing of a saree in which the Indian flag was at the bottom of the cloth near her feet causing outrage among Indian nationalists. A complaint has been filed against Mandira Bedi for anchoring the program Extraaa Innings, telecast live all over India by Sony Max, within public view, wearing a saree using the Indian national flag as a portion of her costume worn below her waist, thus showing utter disrespect, affront and indignity to the Indian national flag. In the complaint filed through Advocate S.K.Premraj it is alleged that Mandira Bedi has committed offence punishable under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 as amended by the Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2003 and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2005. The pioneer fashion designer Satya Paul also has been arrayed as an accused in the said case.
She studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai.