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chat Kabir Bedi on his role in the tele-series ‘Buddha’

At 67, Kabir Bedi is turning a new leaf. Often limited to cameos in popular Hindi cinema, Bedi found bigger recognition abroad where he became a household name with shows like Sandokan and The Bold & The Beautiful. Says the actor feted for his killer looks and distinctive voice, “My career abroad has largely been on television. The Sandokan series and The Bold & The Beautiful are one of the most watched television series in the world. I have been a part of it for more than a year. I can say that I have done more of television abroad than I have done films in India.”

His forays into Indian television have also been few and far between. Despite his many years in the field, he has not given top priority to Hindi cinema or Indian television.Now all this might change with B.K. Modi’s magnum opus Buddha that opens on Zee TV this Sunday where Bedi essays the role of Asit Muni. The seasoned actor is confident that in a limited role he will be able to make an immediate impact.

“Asit Muni’s character is a very strong one. In fact, it is the framework of the show. The character is like a prophet who says that Buddha is coming, Buddha has come but King Suddodhana, the father of Buddha,never wanted his kid to become Buddha, he wanted him to become a great king. This character sets the stage for Buddha’s coming,” says Bedi. About the concept behind the show, he says, “ “Looking at the results I can say that it is going to be a beautiful series and we should be proud of it. I congratulate Modi who has done nearly 30 years of research on the life of Buddha.I also congratulate the writers of the show for doing such a commendable job.”

Looks like Bedi has more to offer to the television audience. “I am shooting for two other shows Vande Mataram in Hindi and Guns and Glory in English.”

The one-hour show will be telecast at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

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