Pooja Bedi, who is best known for her act in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, was born on May 11, 1970. Pooja was born to the late Odissi dancer Protima Gauri Bedi and film star Kabir Bedi. After receiving her basic education at Besant Montessori in Mumbai, Pooja was sent to Lawrence School, Sanawar - a private boarding school in Himachal Pradesh, whose history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious schools in Asia
Very few know that Pooja Bedi is the 18th descendant of Guru Nanak from my her father Kabir Bedi's side. Her British grandmother converted to Buddhism and was associated with the Karmapa
Pooja Bedi's Buddhist name is Karma Saraswati. She married Farhan Furniturewalla - a Parsi Muslim - in 1994 and her name after marriage was Noorjahan. However, they divorced on Valentine's Day in 2003 and continue being friends
Pooja Bedi completed high-school in LA. Her film Vishkanya, where she played the lead, was her ticket to India
While Pooja Bedi's mother opposed her joining films as she believed her daughter was made for more intellectually-challenging things, her father Kabir Bedi said that if she was making a film debut, she should be launched on a bigger platform
After Vishkanya, Pooja Bedi appeared in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) with Aamir Khan. Her character as Devika is still remembered and she was also nominated in the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1993, though her career never took off in Bollywood later
Pooja Bedi and Sky, aka Akashdeep Sehgal, became friends during the show - Bigg Boss 5
Pooja Bedi confessed to being a book lover and revealed how a paperback helped in her decision to separate from her husband Farhan Ebrahim Furniturewalla. "When I read books, my life changes. I read a book 'Who moved My Cheese?' written by Dr. Spencer Johnson. After reading that book, I thought of divorce," she said
In pic: Pooja Bedi with her daughter Aalia
Talking about her Bigg Boss stint, Pooja Bedi said, "People, who come to 'Bigg Boss' to look for work, should not come to the show then...because you don't get work generated out of 'Bigg Boss'. I do not think anyone should use this show as a platform or as a career move because I don't think that out of this show, anyone has been given a career."
In pic: Pooja Bedi with Mahesh Manjrekar
In the past, Pooja Bedi has appeared in reality shows like 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa', 'Nach Baliye', 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' and 'Maa Exchange'
In pic: Shekhar Sumar, Pooja Bedi and Karan Johar
Pooja Bedi has been actively giving out relationship tips through various columns and now calls herself the agony aunt of the country. "I have become this country's agony aunt as I am doling out relationship tips through various publications. I spotlight the problems and give solutions. It's wonderful to know that so many people respond, it's a responsibility. I have seven columns a month," Pooja said
In pic: Pooja Bedi with Rekha
Pooja Bedi has always made headlines for her alleged relationships. Before marrying Farhan Furniturewala, she dated Aditya Pancholi which ended miserably
After the divorce, Pooja Bedi allegedly had an affair with choreographer Hanif Hilal. Though it ended amicably
Pooja Bedi was said to be keen to get married and start a new life after going through various failed relationships with boyfriend Dwiti Vikramaditya, who hailed from Bhubaneswar (Orissa) and was associated with United Nations Development Programme
In pic: Pooja Bedi and Aalia Furniturewala
Apparently, Dwiti Vikramaditya's family did not approve of his relationship with Pooja Bedi, thus ending their 18 months old relationship
Pooja Bedi's daughter Aalia Furniturewalla is all grown up and gorgeous! From selfies to bikini pics, Aalia's Instagram is full of hot photos of hers
In pic: Pooja Bedi and Aalia Furniturewala
Pooja Bedi's daughter from her estranged husband Farhan Furniturewalla, Aalia has done a one-year film direction and acting course in New York University. Though her daughter has already started getting a lot of film offers, Pooja reportedly wants Aalia to focus on her preparation for her Bollywood sojourn
In pic: Farhan Furniturewalla, Pooja Bedi and Aalia Furniturewala
Pooja Bedi has been a columnist with mid-day, Times of India, the Hindustan Times and has written articles for numerous publications, including L'officiel, Femina and The Week
In pic: Pooja Bedi with Hanif Hilal
Pooja Bedi's brother Siddharth, who was a computer programmer in the US, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He committed suicide on July 19, 1997. Bedi was six months pregnant with Aalia then and stayed on in the US to bear her
In pic: Hanif Hilal, Pooja Bedi with kids Aalia Furniturewala and Omar
Pooja Bedi has seen lots of ups and downs in her life. All we wish is a happy life ahead for this strong woman!
In pic: Pooja Bedi and Mahesh Manjrekar
It's Pooja Bedi's birthday today. The actress, who turned 48, has seen a lot of ups and downs in her life. From several broken relationships to independently handling motherhood, Pooja Bedi is in the true sense a strong woman in today's world. Let's have a look at the journey of the Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander actress through some rare, unseen pictures
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