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 in 2019
|Occupation||Actress, television presenter, relationship columnist|
|Spouse(s)||Farhan Furniturewalla (1994–2003; divorced)|
|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. 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.
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. She got evicted after surviving for 8 weeks in the house and got evicted on Day 56 (27 November).
Bedi married Farhan Ebrahim Furniturewalla whom she met in 1990. 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.
|1991||Vishkanya||Lead Actress||Jag Mundhra|
|1992||Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar||Supporting Actress||Mansoor Khan|
|Chittamma Mogudu||Co-starring Mohan Babu|
|Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee||Mahesh Bhatt|
|1995||Aatank Hi Aatank||Guest Appearance||Dilip Shankar|
|2011||Shakti||Supporting Actress||Meher Ramesh|
|2006||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 1||Contestant||Sony TV||Along with choreo partner Hanif Hilal|
|2007||Nach Baliye 3||Star Plus||Along with boyfriend Hanif Hilal|
|2008||Bigg Boss 2||Host||Colors TV|
|Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi||Contestant|
|2011||Maa Exchange||Sony TV|
|Bigg Boss 5||Colors TV||Evicted Week 4, Day 28|
- Sawhney, Anubha (1 June 2003). "Pooja Bedi: The siege within". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Vivek Fernandes; Priyanka Bhattacharya (17 May 2000). "'Why is the man such a grump?'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "Bigg Boss 5: Juhi Parmar to Shakti Kapoor, here's the final list of contestants". 2 October 2011.
- "Pooja Bedi evicted from Bigg Boss 5 house". 26 November 2011.
- "'Sky is the most fake person in Bigg Boss'". 5 December 2011.
- "My kids wanted me to settle down for many years now, says Pooja Bedi"
- "Pooja Bedi engaged to childhood friend Maneck Contractor; to get married soon". Newsd www.newsd.in. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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