On a comeback trail

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chat The vivacious and versatile Pooja Bedi is set to work in her second Telugu film with NTR

south bound Pooja Bedi impresses with her multi-tasking abilities photo: Rajeev Bhatt
south bound Pooja Bedi impresses with her multi-tasking abilities photo: Rajeev Bhatt

P ooja Bedi might dress to kill but she is conservative in values, she's urbane but not bohemian, her statements aren't provocative, she's just upfront. She was unflappable when her marriage ended, took up her responsibilities and the role of a provider, nurturer with enthusiasm, and also vowed to help others in distress. “It was a new beginning and when I thought I was nervous I told myself to go up there and be there for the others,” says the mother of two who has wrapped up her shoot for her second Telugu film in Hyderabad.

Pooja has invested in the right places and today she works because she wants to and not because she has to. She writes seven columns for various publications and magazines, and is writing a book on relationships for Penguin. She's also involved with a girl child project that fights against female foeticide.

Multi-tasking comes easily to Pooja Bedi. Into reality and talk shows she loves trying out new things and gaining new experiences. While she participated in Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhlaja and Khatron Ka Khiladi on the small screen and now she had signed Shakti, the NTR and Ileana starrer. This is not her debut film though; she did Chittema Mogudu with Mohan Babu and Divya Bharati earlier. “I signed that film in 1992 and remember dancing to some bizarre numbers,” laughs Pooja.

She's bonded well with her co-stars in Shakti and says Tarak (NTR) refused to do a fight scene with her in the climax . “I never fight with woman,” he kept saying she adds and terms him a gentleman, very humble and a decent person. Ileana, she says, is young and beautiful and Shakti a multi-coloured experience.

How does she manage to keep her children busy when she is travelling and out on work? “My father-in-law takes care of them. They leave for school at seven and are back by three after which they are into learning French, cycling, art, swimming and various other pastime activities,” informs Pooja. “When a relationship ends, one needs to have a strong sense of responsibility and emotional upbringing cannot be compromised.”

With such a busy and a meticulous lifestyle, have there been moments when she wanted to lean on someone for comfort? “Yes at a certain level, there is this craving to have someone's arms around me. I've had couple of wonderful relationships post my divorce,” she says wistfully. The lady who wanted to become a stock broker at Wall Street has become a multi-faceted personality who has turned circumstances to her advantage. Not resting on her laurels, Pooja Bedi stresses a woman should not be an extension of the man but she's there on the planet to revel as a human being.

y. sunita chowdhary



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