Did you know? Mandira Bedi had first met husband Raj Kaushal at an audition 25 years ago
Mandira Bedi and Raj Kaushal’s love story is no less than a true-blue romantic Bollywood film. The couple had been married for more than two decades. But alas! Their 25 years of togetherness came to an end on June 30, 2021. For the unversed, back in 1996, Raj and Mandira first met during the audition of the show Philips Top 10. Mandira was called for the show’s audition and it was Raj( who was Mukul Anand’s chief assistant at that time) who was taking the auditions. And from there started their sweet love story.
The kind of times that we all are living in, finding true love is magical. Raj and Mandira were soulmates and their relationship over the years helped restore our faith in love and marriage. In 1996, Raj was working as an assistant for director-producer Mukul Anand. And it was at producer Nitin Manmohan’s office when Raj and Mandira met for the first time. Interestingly, till then Mandira had already featured in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. And Raj, though he had seen that film, but he hadn’t actually noticed , Mandira until he met her at the audition.
Recalling his first meeting with Mandira, Raj had told ShaadiTimes, “We met seven years ago at producer Nitin Manmohan’s office. I was Mukul Anand’s chief assistant, and was busy with auditions for a countdown show called Philips Top 10. Mandira was also called for an audition. That’s when I saw her for the first time. She was wearing a red and white striped T-shirt and khaki pants. I had seen her in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but I never really noticed her till then.”
The couple dated for three years before tying the knot in 14 February 1999. While Mandira fell for Raj’s honesty and the ad filmmaker found her beautiful, intelligent, supportive and cultured. Interestingly, while Raj’s family didn’t have any concern about their decision to tie the knot, Mandira’s family was little apprehensive. “My parents were a little concerned with the fact that I was planning to marry a director because its an unstable line of work. Now they just love him,” the actress had told Shaadi Times.
The couple exchanged wedding vows in two ceremonies. Yes, they got married in two weddings. They had an Arya Samaji Hindu style and the Anand Karaj, traditional Sikh ceremony on on February 14, 1999.
The couple welcomed their first child after 12 years of marriage. The actress gave birth to son Vir on June 19, 2011.
In 2013, Raj and Mandira had applied for the process of adopting a girl child. It was only last year on July 28th, when they adopted a 4 year old girl and named her Tara Bedi Kaushal.
On June 30, 2021, Raj and Mandira’s love story came to an end. The director’s sudden demise sent shockwaves among the industry. Mandira broke down while performing her husband’s last rites. Everyone in the industry right from Manoj Bajpayee to Anupam Kher expressed their disbelief on losing Raj so soon.