Sandhya Mridul (born 28 March 1970) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films and television. She is most known for her roles in films like Saathiya (2002) and Page 3 (2005) and was first runner up on the reality dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Season 2) (2007).
Sandhya, also called 'Sandy', was born in Mumbai to P. R. Mridul and his wife. Later, the family moved to New Delhi. At age ten, she left home to attend school at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' Public School in Jaipur. She later attended Mater Dei Convent School in New Delhi. At age 14, her father, a lawyer and later a judge of the high court, died and she was brought up by her elder brother Siddharth Mridul who is a sitting judge of Delhi High Court. She has another elder brother named Pankaj.
She attended Lady Sriram College, Delhi. She graduated in Mathematics, did her post graduation in marketing and went on to do a corporate job with KLM in Mumbai.
Mridul first arrived back in Mumbai to be a marketing executive. She first started her career with the popular TV serial Swabhimaan. After that, additional roles followed in serials like Banegi Apni Baat, Koshish and Hu Ba Hu.
She made her breakthrough in movies with Yash Raj Films, in Saathiya in 2002. It was critically and commercially successful and critics appreciated her performance. Her character Dina was an important supporting role that got her noticed.
She also appeared in Extraa Innings, the programme during the Cricket World Cup 2003.
In 2004, she acted in Pratap Sharma's Zen Katha, a play based on the life of Buddha in Mumbai opposite Rajeev Gopalkrishnan.
Mridul's show Koshish Ek Asha in which she played the role of the female protagonist has been dubbed in Chinese; in 2005, it was telecast in China. Through this show, Sandhya became a household name in China.
She decided to walk away from television soap operas because the roles felt repetitive. Of her decision, she remarked, "If you want to play the protagonist these days, you have to be the bahu. I'm not ready to do that again. I can't be wearing heavy saris with dark pink lipstick all my life."
Since 2006, she has focused exclusively on film roles. She played Maya, a restless soul who keeps on moving in and out of things in an off-beat film called Strings. She acted in 13th Floor, an interesting story of two people stuck in lift on the 13th floor. As a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, Sandhya's desire to show her dancing skills is being fulfilled in Chowki. In Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., she plays a wife stuck in a marriage with a gay man. In the thriller Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante by Tanvir Khan, she acts with Irfan Khan. In The Great Indian Butterfly, she shows her talent in how a young Indian couple climbing the ladder of the corporate rat race.
Her versatility and her penchant for taking non-conformist roles have made her a darling of cross-over films. She proved her talent again in another off-beat film called Via Darjeeling in which she plays an alcoholic. "I would like to step into the shoes that Smita Patil left behind", says Mridul about where she sees herself in the Bollywood acting space.
She was judged the runner-up at the popular dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Season 2). This decision did court some controversy since judge Urmila Matondkar declared that Mridul should have won. There were allegations of rigging and interference on the decision to declare Prachi Desai the winner of the show. Mridul said of the decision, "Don't tell me that I lost. Like I have said before, you lose only when you lose heart, and I haven't. I may have only lost out on a trophy and cash but I have won many hearts."
In 2008, she served as a member of the jury in the 14th Television Festival held in Shanghai. She was youngest and lone Indian in the festival. In 2014, Sandhya worked in Ragini MMS 2, in which she kissed Sunny Leone.
In 2016, she is portraying the role of Nazneen Khan in POW Bandhi Yudh Ki, mother of two children who single-handedly brings them up while her husband Imaan Khan (played by Satyadeep Misra) is missing in action since the Kargil War.
|1994||Banegi Apni Baat||Sakshi|
|1997||Hamen Jahan Pyar Mile|
|1997||Jeene Bhi Do Yaaro|
|2000||Koshish ek aasha||Kajal Khanna|
|2002||Hubahu||Aditi and Ananya|
|2003||Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II||Inspector Agni Sinha|
|2004||Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin||Yana|
|2004||Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai||Sangeeta Chaudhry|
|2005||Page 3||Pearl Sequiera|
|2005||Socha Na Tha|
|2005||Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye||Rachna Singh|
|2006||Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante||Roohi K. Vaidya|
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Madhu|
|2007||Say Salaam India||Sonali|
|2007||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Season 2)||Herself|
|2008||Mr. Black Mr. White||Teenie|
|2008||Via Darjeeling||Mallika Tiwari|
|2008||Ustaadon Ka Ustaad||Herself|
|2009||Quick Gun Murugun||Masala News Reporter|
|2010||The Great Indian Butterfly||Meera K. Kumar|
|2010||Hum Tum Aur Ghost||Mini|
|2013||Ragini MMS 2||Monali|
|2013||That Day After Every Day||Didi|
|2015||Angry Indian Goddesses||Suranjana|
|2016||P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke||Nazneen Khan|
|2019||Mentalhood||Web series on ZEE5 & ALT Balaji|
|2006||BFJA Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Page 3||Won|
|2006||Filmfare Awards||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Page 3||Nominated|
- A shoulder to lean on: Elder brother Siddharth has been like a father to actress Sandhya Mridul, The Telegraph, 2 July 2005.
- "My acting school was my balcony" – Sandhya Mridul Archived 17 July 2012 at Archive.today, IndiaFM, Wednesday, 17 May 2006.
- Aisa bhi hota hai[permanent dead link], The Indian Express, 2 July 2004.
- "all or nothing for Sandhya Mridul". Hindustan Times. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012.
- 'I'd like to step into the shoes of Smita Patil' The Times of India, 2 March 2005.
- "Bollycircle.com". www.bollycircle.com.
- 'Prachi is more popular because of her bahurani image' Rediff, 17 December 2007.
- Sandhya Mridul on jury of Shanghai Television Festival Archived 10 September 2012 at Archive.today Screen, 20 June 2008.
- "Sunny Leone & Sandhya Mridul's Steamy Kiss In Ragini MMS 2".