Actress Mandira Bedi is returning to acting after a long break with Short film called ‘The Gift’. Mandira said, ‘The Gift’ will keep audience guessing till the end she was speaking to the media at the screening of her film in Mumbai.
Mandira Bedi playing lesbian girl in the film, talking about the film, she said, “It was an interesting script and interesting character. When Kushal (director) narrated this character to me that time, I loved the twist in the end as till end of the film, no one will able to know where this story is going to head and that was attracting aspect for me as an actor.”
Today, people like to guess ending of the each film but in this film they have to try very hard as this film will engross them completely. I never played character like this and I feel short film give freedom to actors and filmmakers to experiment with different things”.
Mandira has been one of the finest female cricket commentators in India, when asked about returning to cricket commentary, she said, “I haven’t disconnected myself with cricket at all. Each year, whenever, there are big cricketing events are happening, various news channels approach me to talk about cricket but due to time constraints, off late, I haven’t been able to take those offers but audience very soon will see me hosting cricketing events”
Mandira also talked about changing mindset of Indian audience, she said, “Now, we are open for different kind of relationship which are shown in the films for sure. In television or in films, audience are still not ready to see homosexual or lesbian relationships but on digital platform, actors and filmmaker can express themselves because digital platform gives you freedom to enjoy what people enjoy watching but I feel in coming years there will be censorship on digital platforms as well”
The Gift is a thriller which describes the complexities of contemporary relationships with actors Kushal Punjabi, Gul Panag and Mandira Bedi portraying powerful roles. The stylised narrative lays special emphasis on the visuals while the quick-paced editing throws light on how the ruthlessness of modern life and its overarching desires make one commit incomprehensible acts. This is a 19-minute short film.
It is directed by Kushal Punjabi and it will air on Sony Liv.