Pooja Bedi

Pooja Bedi (born 11 May 1970) is a former Bollywood actress, television talk show host and newspaper columnist. She is the daughter of actor Kabir Bedi and the late Protima Bedi. Pooja participated in the popular reality show, Bigg Boss in 2011.

Pooja Bedi
Pooja Bedi in 2019
Born (1970-05-11) 11 May 1970[1]
OccupationActress, television presenter, relationship columnist
Spouse(s)Farhan Furniturewalla (1994–2003; divorced)
Children2
Parent(s)Kabir Bedi (father)
Protima Bedi (mother)

Life and career

Early life and career beginnings (1970–2006)

Pooja Bedi was born in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to the late Indian classical dancer Protima and film star Kabir Bedi. She was brought up in what she calls a bohemian progressive artistic environment.[1] She received her basic education at Besant Montessori in Bombay and then at Lawrence School, Sanawar.

From 1991 to 1995, Bedi worked in Bollywood films, has appeared in many commercials and campaigns. She is remembered for the Kama Sutra condom campaign which she endorsed and used as a vehicle to raise awareness of AIDS.

She appeared in plays such as Carry On Papa, Wow What a Girl and A Bengali Jatra.

She made her film debut with Jag Mundhra's film Vishkanya (1991). She went on to act in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) with Aamir Khan for which she earned a nomination in the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1993. Her other films include Lootere (1993) and Aatank Hi Aatank (1995).

Breakthrough role and debut in reality shows (2006-11)

In 2000, she compiled and edited Timepass, the memoirs of her mother Protima Bedi. She has been a columnist with the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, and MiD DAY newspapers, and has written articles for numerous publications, including L'officiel, Femina and The Week. In 2000, she had a public tiff with Amitabh Bachchan.[2]

In 2005, Bedi along with Hanif Hilal participated in Nach Baliye. In 2006, Bedi participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in its first season followed by Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. In 2011, Bedi was a celebrity contestant in the fifth season of the Indian version of the reality TV show Big Brother, Bigg Boss.[3] She got evicted after surviving for 8 weeks in the house and got evicted on Day 56 (27 November).[4][5]

Personal life

Bedi married Farhan Ebrahim Furniturewalla whom she met in 1990.[1] She has two children, a daughter Alaia (as per recent legal changes) Furniturewalla born in 1997 and son Omar Ebrahim, born in 2000. Bedi and Farhan divorced in 2003. [6]

In February 2019, Bedi got engaged to Maneck Contractor.[7]

Filmography

Year Title Role Director
1991 Vishkanya Lead Actress Jag Mundhra
1992 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar Supporting Actress Mansoor Khan
Chittamma Mogudu Co-starring Mohan Babu
1993 Lootere Dharmesh Darshan
Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee Mahesh Bhatt
1995 Aatank Hi Aatank Guest Appearance Dilip Shankar
2011 Shakti Supporting Actress Meher Ramesh

Television

YearShowsRoleChannelNotes
2006Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 1ContestantSony TVAlong with choreo partner Hanif Hilal
2007Nach Baliye 3Star PlusAlong with boyfriend Hanif Hilal
2008Bigg Boss 2HostColors TV
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke KhiladiContestant
2011Maa ExchangeSony TV
Bigg Boss 5Colors TVEvicted Week 4, Day 28

References

Pooja Bedi Official

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