Kabir Bedi reveals how he fell in love with Parveen Babi while being in an open marriage with Protima Gupta
Kabir Bedi is hands-down one of the most charming and most handsome actors of his time. The veteran actor is known for his work across the three mediums- film, television and theatre. Apart from his persona and good looks, Kabir often grabbed headlines for his personal life. The Khoon Bhari Maang actor will soon be sharing some unheard and unknown facets of his life in his book- Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Journey of an Actor.
A section of the soon-to-be-launched book focuses on Kabir’s failed marriages and relationships. The veteran actor also revealed how he fell for actress Parveen Babi while being in an open marriage with Odissi dancer Protima Gupta.
In his book, Kabir shared how the old magic in his open marriage with Protima was slowly fading away. That void in Kabir’s life was filled by Parveen Babi. An excerpt from Kabir’s book published by the Times of India reads, “Our open marriage may have seemed like a good idea at first. In the end, it only caused me greater anxiety. It had led to a lack of intimacy between us. I didn’t feel the love that I wanted, the caring and sharing I needed. Nor was I able to give it. The old magic had gone. I was feeling Alone, empty and dejected. Parveen Babi filled that void. She was a ravishingly beautiful actress with fair skin, long black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes. Until then, I’d always thought of her as ‘the girlfriend of Danny Denzongpa’. He was a good-looking Sikkimese actor, two years younger than me, a year older than Parveen. In the years ahead, he would become a highly successful villain in Bollywood and be nominated for many Filmfare Awards.”
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The excerpt further read, “Parveen began her rapid rise to stardom during their four years together. Her living openly with Danny, wearing jeans and smoking in public, had given her a bohemian image in India. But, morally, she was a conservative Gujarati girl. While the rest of the Juhu gang talked about the ‘free sex’ preaching of Guru Osho, she believed in sexual fidelity. It’s what I was looking for when I fell in love with her.”
Kabir later told his wife that he wants to end their marriage as he is in love with Parveen. Kabir and Protima were blessed with two kids- daughter Pooja Bedi and son Siddharth Bedi. The couple got divorced in 1977.