Pooja Bedi life and biography

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Pooja Bedi biography

Date of birth : 1970-05-11
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Mumbai, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-07
Credited as : Actress, Bollywood, Talk show host

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Pooja Bedi is a former Bollywood actress and currently a television talk show host. She is the daughter of actor Kabir Bedi.
Pooja Bedi was born in Mumbai on 11 May 1970. She is the child of the late Indian classical dancer Protima and international film star Kabir Bedi. She was brought up in a bohemian progressive artistic environment. Bedi, the 18th descendant of Guru Nanak, was given the Buddhist name Karma Saraswati by the Karmapa. She changed her name to Noorjehan upon marrying Farhan Furniturewalla whom she met in 1990. She practises "Poojaism" which is an amalgamation of the best and most positive teachings across all faiths. She has two children, daughter Aalia born in 1997 and son Omar, born in 2000. Bedi and Furniturewalla divorced in 2002. She loves water sports, chess, reading and travelling.
She received her basic education at Besant Montessori in Mumbai and later the acclaimed Lawrence School, Sanawar. She was a member of the debating team, the hockey team, the basketball team and the swimming team. She was an exceptionally bright student and signed the highly coveted school "Book of Honour" on multiple occasions.
Pooja Bedi is the Chairperson of her foundation THE GRASSROOTS FOUNDATION. The foundations objectives and activities include Poverty housing, Livelihood skills programs, Education, Farming reforms and water harvesting. Trustees of the foundation are Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Suhel Seth, Shekhar Kapur, Anil Harish and Kabir Bedi.
From 1991 to 1994,Pooja Bedi worked in Bollywood movies, and appeared in many commercials and campaigns. She is best remembered for the Kama Sutra condom campaign which she endorsed and used as a vehicle to raise awareness of AIDS.
She has 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 1991 film Vishkanya. She went on to act in her most popular film to date, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) with Aamir Khan and appeared in a few more films such as Lootere (1993) and Aatank Hi Aatank (1995).
In 2000, she complied and edited Timepass, the memoirs of her mother Protima Bedi. She has been a columnist with the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, and Midday newspaper, and has written articles for numerous publications, including L'officiel, Femina and The Week. In 2000 she had a very public tiff with Amitabh Bachchan.
She has hosted celebrity talk shows since 2004, one of which, formerly titled Not just Page 3 was later known as Just Pooja. It was broadcast on zOOm. This show went on to win multiple awards.
In 2007, she participated in Jhalak Dikhlaja on Sony Entertainment Television and has since taken up Latin American ballroom dancing. She later performed with her choreographer/partner Hanif Hilal at events and functions all across the globe. She took part in Nach Baliye (Season 3) on Star Plus and Khatron Ke Khiladi on Colors channel. She hosted the Saturday special episode of Bigg Boss season 2 where she interviewed the evictees.
In 2010 She participated in "maa exchange" the Indian version of "wife swap" on SONY tv.
She has been a brand ambassador for Kaya Skin Clinic, Allergan India and the Country Club (CCIL INDIA).
Pooja is currently a relationship counsillor with her column "HEART CHAKRA" in India's leading newspaper, the Times of India, and also with her column in "FEMINA", India's leading women magazine. She also writes a monthly column for Men's health.

Filmography:
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Lootere
Vishkanya
Aatank hi Aatank
Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee
Chittemma Mogudu (Telugu)
Shakti

Television:
Not Just Page 3
Just Pooja (award winning talk show)
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
Heartbeat
Mum tum aur hum
Jodi Kamaal ki
Nach Baliye
Bigg Boss (Season 2) - Aakhiri Salam
Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi
Maa Exchange

Commercials:
KamaSutra condoms
Frooti (drink)
Tips and Toes

Theatre:
Wow What a Girl
Carry on Papa
Adalate Nirobh Sakshi (Bengali Jatra)

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