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Rakesh Bedi
Rakesh Bedi

Actor Rakesh Bedi tells why he chose to make people laugh

If his very name brings a smile to one's face, a chat with Rakesh Bedi fills you with laughter.

Just like in reel life through various films and television serials where he had us in splits, he lives up to his roles in real life too.

During his school days at DPS Mathura Road, Delhi, and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bedi was active in theatre. In 1972-73 he formed his own theatre group, called Ankur Arts, in Delhi. He reminisces, “With little money in hand, we used to produce, direct, write and market our own plays. ”

His love for acting made Bedi join the Film and Television Institute of India, , Pune.

“My father wasn't angry as he knew this was the only thing I could do. Moreover, we were also an artistically-inclined family, as my maternal grandfather used to act in films and his co-stars used to be those days' big actors, like Ram Kumar and Chaman Lal,” he says.

After the course, Bedi knew exactly what he wanted to do — comedy. And in his debut in Saeed Mirza's film Diploma, he played the lead role of a comedian.

The film Diploma brought him the famous serial Yeh Jo Hai Zindagion Doordarshan.

It also opened more doors in the film world, where he again preferred comic roles.

Bedi has made great friends in stalwarts like Rajkumar, Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra.Bedi has consciously stayed away from daily soap operas on TV. He says, “I am the only actor who has been regular on television without daily soaps for over 27 years.

I can't work in serials where I have to stand in a corner for ages and execute only one emotion,” he laughs.

That's why Bedi, a father of two children aged 23 and 19, has been active in theatre for several years. Few know that he is a poet too.

And the poet in him sees the serious side of life.

RANA SIDDIQUI ZAMAN

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