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. We would meet quite frequently at Mukul Anand’s house. It took us three meetings before I knew that she was the one.