Motherhood changed my connect with children: Mandira Bedi

Not so long ago, a cranky child on a flight would've left anchor-actress Mandira Bedi upset and disturbed but she says that has all changed since she became a mother herself.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 3:23:15 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 48 Comments  |  4689 Views

Not so long ago, a cranky child on a flight would've left anchor-actress Mandira Bedi upset and disturbed but she says that has all changed since she became a mother herself.

In fact, her experiences as mother of a toddler has helped her in her first association with a children's reality show - "Indian Idol Junior". She co-hosts the upcoming edition of the music reality show "Indian Idol", which will feature kids aged 5 to 15 this time.

The 41-year-old has hosted a series of reality shows and live events in the past. How does she plan to host the new show? "The greatest experience for me for this one ('Indian Idol Junior') is that I am now a mother," Mandira, who gave birth to a son in 2011.

"It's not the anchoring experience that I talk about, but now that I am a mother, I connect with children a little differently. A couple of years ago, if I was in a flight, and there would be a yelling baby, I would get disturbed and upset by it. Now if I am in such a situation, I will go to the mother and ask, 'Do you want to eat your meal? Do you want me to hold the baby, so you can go to the bathroom'?"

Always on the move, she knows the perils of traveling with a toddler.

"I travel so much with my baby and I know it's hard. My whole 'nazariya' (outlook) has changed towards babies and children. Not that I ever disliked them, but your relationship with children changes forever once you become a mom," added the popular actess, who is married to filmmaker Raj Kaushal.

Mandira, who will co-host the reality show along with Karan Wahi, says she also hopes to learn a thing or two about parenting from the show. "You can learn from any and every mother around. There are a few parents who are very indulgent and there are some who are living their own dreams through their children, and that's not the right route.

"On 'Indian Idol Junior', we are promoting 'Singing masti hai, zabardasti nahin' (Singing is fun, and not a compulsion). There shouldn't be anything that children are pushed for, and we have encountered some pushy parents.

"So, yes, there's something to learn from there - let the child be what he or she wants to be. And then, there are some amazing kids we meet - just in the clothes they wear, the way they speak, just for the spirit they have; it just shows that they have been brought up so beautifully by their parents. So there's a learning there as well," she said.

The show, to be judged by Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravijani, will go on air on Sony Entertainment soon. The auditions are on right now.

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  • Posted on: 28 April 2013 at 6:02amydusdyus



    Loveee you Karan Wahi :-) want IIJ to start ASAP ...

  • Posted on: 27 April 2013 at 11:52amkwlover22



    GOD blesss uuu Karan Wahi. Love ya

  • Posted on: 27 April 2013 at 11:47amhosas

    Alll the best 4 everything Karan Wahi.

  • Posted on: 27 April 2013 at 11:46amhrithikrules



    Loveee you Karan Wahi :-) want IIJ to start ASAP
    ,..

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  • Posted on: 27 April 2013 at 9:14amdieHardFan_kw





    I really can't wait for IIJ to start :-)
    Love u Karan Wahi...

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  • Posted on: 27 April 2013 at 9:14amcharm_kw





    I'm just waiting for IIJ to start :P going to miss NB ...

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  • Posted on: 27 April 2013 at 4:28amwahian4life

    Loveee u sooo much KW! U rock Dude!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted on: 27 April 2013 at 4:27amxoxo_



    Alll the best 4 everything Karan Wahi.

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  • Posted on: 26 April 2013 at 2:25pmPyarme

    Love you Karan Wahi wish you would hang out with Sanaya Irani and do anchoring with her you two make. Awesome pair

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  • Posted on: 26 April 2013 at 1:20pmHR-DMG4life

    Love Karan Wahi :-))))))))))

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