Kabir Bedi

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Kabir Bedi is an Indian international film actor, most famous for his roles of Sandokan in the TV series Sandokan, Prince Omar Rashid in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful and Gobinda in the James Bond film Octopusy.


Bedi was born on January 16, 1946 into a Punjabi Khatri-Sikh family in Mumbai (formerly Bombay until 1996) Bharat(India). His mother converted to Buddhism and his family was easy going generally regarding personal religion and morality although he did rather try their patience as he has acknowledged himself.

Married three times with numerous children. He was married to the late Protima Bedi, an Odissi dancer, and their daughter Pooja Bedi was an actress in Hindi films and now is a magazine\newspaper columnist. Their son Siddarth who had been doing well at University in the USA had a long history of schizophrenia and tragically committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 26.

As his marriage with Protima began to break up he started a relationship with the late Parveen Babi. They never married. He later was married to British born fashion designer Susan Humphreys (born in 1950) but this marriage also ended in divorce.He was also linked with Sonu Walia, a former Miss India.

Married to TV & Radio presenter Nikki Bedi from the late 1990s to 2005 in which both travelled extensively not actually seeing each other very much and in the end he decided that it wasn't working out and they divorced amicably - unlike his other two marriages they had no children.

His international model son, Adam Bedi [1], has made his debut in Bollywood with a thriller; Hello? Kaun Hai! in which Kabir Bedi also has a lead role.

Currently, Kabir Bedi is based in London and Mumbai.

Acting history

Over the last three decades, Bedi has acted in over 60 Bollywood films, with starring roles in Kuchche Dhaage, Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain, and Khoon Bhari Maang. He also played a Mafia Don in Feroz Khan’s Yalgar.

Bedi shot onto the international stage in the role of Sandokan, a Malaysian, Robin-Hood-like pirate created by the Italian author Emilio Salgari. The Sergio Solima directed mini-series was filmed in 1976 on location in South-East Asia. He later reprised the Sandokan role in two films shot in the 1990s.

In the James Bond film Octopusy, he played Gobinda, the villain who battled Roger Moore from start to finish. In Europe, his greatest success was the title role in “Sandokan”, a record-breaking Italian-German-French television series, the saga of a romantic Asian pirate and freedom fighter during British colonial times. Many also saw Bedi as Prince Omar in the TV series The Bold And The Beautiful for over a year (1994-1995 and a guest appearance in 2005)

Bedi has also starred in the Bollywood epic, Akbar Khan’s The Taj Mahal, as the embattled Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the world’s greatest monument to love.

He is currently starring in Deepa Mehta's next film, Kamagata Maru with Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham.


Do Raha (2006) (Under Production)
Jaanleva (2006) (Post-Production) ...... Rakesh Khullar
A All About Her (2006) (Stuck/On Hold)
Tere Pyaar Ki Kasam (2006) (Stuck/On Hold)
Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story (November 18, 2005) (Released)
Socha Na Tha (March 4, 2005) (Released)
Bewafaa (February 25, 2005) (Released) ...... Anjali'S Father
Main Hoon Na (April 30, 2004) (Released) ...... Gen. Amarjeet Bak<shi
Kismat(February 20, 2004) (Released) ...... Raj Mallya
Rudraksh (February 13, 2004) (Released) ...... Ved Pujan
The Hero (April 11, 2003) (Released) ...... Mr. Zakaria
Talaash (January 3, 2003) (Released) ...... Chhote Pathan
Maine Dil Tujhko Diya (August 23, 2002) (Released) ...... Mr. Varma (Ayesha'S Father)
Kranti (March 15, 2002) (Released) ...... Mahendra Pratap Rana
Kohram (August 13, 1999) (Released) ...... Brig. Bedi
Aatank Hi Aatank (August 4, 1995) (Released) ...... Police Inspector
Kismat (June 16, 1995) (Released) ...... Rajan
Salaami (Film) (March 18, 1994) (Released)
Kshatriya (March 29, 1993) (Released) ...... Thakur Ganga Singh (Police Officer)
Yugandhar (1993) (Released)
Dil Aashna Hai (December 25, 1992) (Released) ...... Digvijay Singh
Yalgaar (October 23, 1992) (Released) ...... Raj Pratap Singhal
Lambu Dada (1992) (Released)
Kurbaan (May 31, 1991) (Released) ...... Inspector Suraj Singh
Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi (April 19, 1991) (Released)
Vishkanya (1991) (Released) ...... Forest Officer Vikram Singh
Police Public (May 11, 1990) (Released) ...... Senior Inspector Shah Nawaz Khan
Haar Jeet (1990) (Released)
Shera Shamshera (1990) (Released)
Khoon Bhari Maang (August 12, 1988) (Released) ...... Sanjay Verma
Mera Shikar (1988) (Released)
Asambhav (1984) (Released)
Yuvraj (October 5, 1979) (Released)
Aakhri Kasam (1979) (Released) ...... Kishan/Badal
Thief Of Baghdad (1977) (Released)
Daku Aur Mahatma (1977) (Released)
Bullet (1977) (Released) ...... Durga Prasad/D.P.
Nagin (January 22, 1976) (Released) ...... Uday
Daaku (1976) (Released)
Harfan Maula (1976) (Released)
Vishwasghaat (1976) (Released) ...... Uday
Anari (1975) (Released)
Manzilen Aur Bhi Hain (1974) (Released)
Maa Bahen Aur Biwi (1974) (Released)
Ishq Ishq Ishq (1974) (Released) ...... Diwana/Ravikant Vyas
Kachche Dhaage (1973) (Released) ...... Roopa
Yauwan (1973) (Released)
Rakhi Aur Hathkadi (1972) (Released) ...... Suraj
Sazaa (1972) (Released)
Anokha Daan (1972) (Released)
Hulchal (1971) (Released) ...... Mahesh Jetley
Seema (1971) (Released)

Voting memberships

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Screen Actors Guild
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
The British Actors' Equity Association