Kabir Bedi did not one or two but four marriages. There was a lot of discussion about his affair. Kabir Bedi also told some stories of his relationship with actress Parveen Babi in his book. But an anecdote was also told about the first wife Protima Bedi. Protima Bedi and Kabir Bedi had an open marriage and Pooja Bedi is the daughter of both of them. Kabir Bedi was first married to Protima Bedi, who was an Odissi dancer. Kabir Bedi and Protima married in 1969, but got divorced in 1974.
Protima’s nude run was a publicity stunt
Kabir Bedi told in his book Stories I Must Tell that why and how his marriage with Protima Bedi broke down? In this book, he told the story when Protima ran naked on the Juhu beach and someone clicked her pictures. Kabir Bedi had also told about this in an interview. In a conversation with ‘Bollywood Hungama’, Kabir Bedi had said, ‘Protima came to me in Malaysia and said that I have scored. Streaking is when someone strips naked on stage or in the street, especially when you are protesting against something. I could not understand what Protima is talking about. He said that he was streaking and someone clicked his pictures and got them published in the magazine. She was not telling me the truth. It was later revealed that it was a publicity stunt for his magazine.
This is why Kabir Bedi broke his marriage with Protima
According to Kabir Bedi, he was shocked by that incident. Everyone was in shock. At the same time, Kabir Bedi was shooting for ‘Sandokan’ and also got an offer for a European TV series. Kabir Bedi did not want his attention to be diverted from work and hence he did not pay much attention to that incident then. Kabir Bedi maintained his relationship with Protima, which surprised everyone then. Regarding this, Kabir Bedi had said that people could not understand that how can I accept my wife who ran on the beach naked. Why didn’t I kick him out of the house? Kabir Bedi had said, ‘We were living in such times. We were trying to find independence and tolerance towards each other. We had hoped to set an example through our open marriage. But in the end this marriage gave more anxiety and tension than freedom. That’s why this marriage broke up. My children know everything.
Protima changed her name, died in 1998
Protima Bedi later passed away. After divorce from Protima, where Kabir Bedi moved ahead in life and got married for the third time after the second, Protima took retirement in 1998 and changed her name to Protima Gauri. In the same year, Protima Bedi died during a landslide during her visit to Kailash Mansarovar. His body and clothes were found a few days later.
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