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actor , presenter

Kabir Bedi is an Indian television and film actor. His career has spanned three continents including India, the United States and many European countries in three mediums: film, television and theatre. He is very popular in Italy.

Background

Bedi was one of three children born into a family that had devoted itself to India's fight for independence from British colonial rule.

Career

Kabir Bedi began his career in Indian theatre and then moved on to Hindi films. Bedi is the only international actor from India to have originated from Bollywood, worked in Hollywood, and become a big star in Europe.

As a stage actor, Kabir has performed Shakespeare’s Othello as well as portrayed a mad historical Indian king, Tughlaq; and a self-destructive alcoholic in The Vultures. In London he also starred in The Far Pavilions, the West End musical adaptation of M. M. Kaye’s novel, at the Shaftesbury Theatre. In 2011 Kabir played Emperor Shah Jahan, in 'Taj' a play written by John Murrell, a celebrated Canadian playwright for the Luminato Festival in Toronto.

Film career

In the James Bond film Octopussy, he played the villain's aide Gobinda who battled Roger Moore from start to finish. He remains the only Bollywood actor to appear in a James Bond movie.

Kabir has acted in over 60 Indian Bollywood films. In the historical epic Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, Kabir starred as the Emperor Shah Jahan. Other starring Bollywood roles include Raj Khosla’s Kacche Dhaage, Rakesh Roshan's Khoon Bhari Maang and Farah Khan's Main Hoon Na.

Kabir played pivotal roles in Columbia Pictures' The Beast of War, a film on the Russian war in Afghanistan, directed by Kevin Reynolds, as well as the acclaimed Italian film Andata Ritorno by Marco Ponti.

Television career

Kabir’s has had extensive roles on American television - primetime and daytime, series and miniseries - including Hallmark’s African epic Forbidden Territory, and Ken Follett’s On Wings of Eagles and also Red Eagle. He played Friar Sands in The Lost Empire for NBC. Kabir also played roles on Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, Magnum, P.I., Hunter, Knight Rider and Highlander: The Series amongst others.

Achievements

  • Since 1982 Kabir has been a voting member of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who are responsible for presenting the Oscar awards. He is also a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Connections

father:
Baba Pyare Lal Bedi - Indian - An author , a philosopher

mother:
Freda Bedi - British - spiritual leader
Freda Bedi - mother of Kabir Bedi

She was a British woman born in Derby, England, who became famous as the first Western woman to take ordination in Tibetan Buddhism.

1-st wife:
Protima Gauri Bedi - Indian - dancer , model
Protima Gauri Bedi - 1-st wife of Kabir Bedi

She was an Indian model turned odissi exponent. In 1990 she established "Nrityagram", a dance village near Bangalore. Their son, Siddharth, who went to Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, had a long history of schizophrenia and committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 26.

2-nd wife:
Susan Anne Humphreys - Canadian - a figure skater
Susan Anne Humphreys - 2-nd wife of Kabir Bedi

She is the 1997 Canadian national champion and a 1994 Olympian.

3-d wife:
Nikki Bedi - British - television and radio presenter
Nikki Bedi - 3-d wife of Kabir Bedi

She married to Kabir Bedi from 1992 to 2005.

4-th wife:
Parveen Dusanj - Indian - TV Producer
Parveen Dusanj - 4-th wife of Kabir Bedi

daughter:
Pooja Bedi - Indian - a magazine/newspaper columnist
Pooja Bedi - daughter of Kabir Bedi