Pooja Bedi has chosen to dwell a life in a different way and be a trailblazer of kinds. “I march to the beat of my own drum,” she says. The actor-host who turns 52 immediately, is in a cheerful house.
“I always believe in keeping the child in me alive. Look at an average 50 year old — jaded, bored, in a rut. We shut up our playful, curious, joyful inner child and tow the line of seriousness. Life is so short. We complicate a simple journey. I choose to live differently,” Pooja advised indianexpress.com.
Born to icons Kabir Bedi and Protima Bedi, Pooja calls herself a “positive product of that incredible liberal, bohemian, firebrand upbringing.” Her father’s performing profession spreads throughout industries globally. At 70, he tied the knot for a fourth time with Parveen Dosanjh regardless of an age hole of 30 years. Her mom was a model-turned-Odissi exponent.
“To love deeply, to question limiting conventions, to stand up for what is right, to empower and fight for the rights of others, and to always maintain a sense of humour, especially at myself have been some key highlights (of my upbringing),” she mentioned.
Taking a cue, one can recall how Pooja turned a nationwide sensation when after getting related to a condom marketing campaign together with mannequin Marc Robinson. Directed by Alyque Padamsee, the advert was shot in Goa and confirmed Pooja beneath a bathe. It was finally banned on Doordarshan, but it surely began a dialog round the usage of condoms to unfold AIDS consciousness in India.
Looking again at changing into a part of one thing so revolutionary, Pooja mentioned, “It was great to be a fire-starter. The campaign was touted as the beginning of the sexual revolution in India by British tabloids. It won many awards and made advertising history. It was great to have been a trailblazer because of it.”
Further expressing happiness that the youth of immediately are way more comfy about their sexual wishes, be it live-in-relationships, inter-caste marriages or gender, she went on to “thank heavens that people today are so open about their sexuality.”
The condom endorsement acquired her Bollywood affords too. Pooja Bedi signed her first movie Vishkanya in the identical 12 months, 1991. She finally, additionally landed her memorable look in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), the place she performed the love curiosity of Aamir Khan’s Sanju. Her flying-dress sequence in “Pehla Nasha” is taken into account an iconic shot in Bollywood. “That flying red dress in Pehla Nasha song has immortalised me. It was so much fun shooting the film. It was the best thing that ever happened to my public image and to keep me in everyone’s memory,” she reminisces. Though she confessed that she laughs at her film performances immediately. “And my kids laugh even harder,” she added.
Pooja entered showbiz on the age of 18, met her ex-husband Farhan Furniturewala at 20, and acquired married when she was 24. “In that era, once an actress was married, it was the end of her career.” But not for her. Post her divorce in 2003, she did TV actuality exhibits like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Nach Baliye, Khatron Ke Khiladi, Maa Exchange and Bigg Boss 5. She additionally hosted the speak present Just Pooja on Zoom channel.
And amid all of this, she additionally introduced up two children – Alaya and Omar. For Pooja, essentially the most tough half as a single mom was “being the solo dominant parent and having to multitask work, home, kids, friends, perhaps a new relationship, playing both good cop and bad cop, and dealing with the inevitable guilt of any time spent away from them.”
According to her, she focussed on remaining mates together with her former husband in order that her children retain a wholesome bond with him, “Your divorce does not affect their relationship with either parent.” Pooja believed that no youngster must be denied that love.
Now that her daughter Alaya F is an actor herself, does she really feel protecting? Alaya made her Bollywood debut with Jawaani Jaaneman reverse Saif Ali Khan in 2020. Pooja shared that she is a protecting mom, however not possessive. “My role as a mother is to guide them and not control them. I believe in giving both Alaya and Omar the space and freedom to make their own choices and nurture their individuality.”
Pooja acquired engaged to businessman Maneck Contractor in 2019. Sharing how he introduced “love, stability, fun, adventure and kindness into all our lives”, she revealed that every one these years, her main focus has been her children liking and respecting the lads in her life, and vice-versa. “Only then do I allow them into our space,” she mentioned. “I’ve had multiple relationships post my divorce in 2003 and each has been exactly what was needed for that point in my life. Maneck has been an incredible human being and someone who I can envision spending the rest of my life with. We absolutely love and adore him.”
Pooja, who at the moment resides in Goa, may come throughout as a fashionista within the Mumbai circuit, however she claims to guide a simple life again residence. “In Rome, do as the Romans do! You should see me here in Goa. I’m in chappal with flouncy clothes and virtually no make up. It’s a delight to dress up and be in another avatar in Mumbai,” she mentioned with a smile.
Pooja Bedi turned an entrepreneur few years again. Today, she is the founding father of a wellness market Happy Soul and companion of Magicians of Wellness (India) LLP.
“I thank my parents and life for shaping me to be the person I am today and thank the universe for all the opportunities and guidance it sent my way,” she indicators off.
Happy birthday, Pooja Bedi!