Kabir Bedi Once Asked His Third Wife To Change Her Name To Avoid Confusion With Parveen Babi

In his recent interview, Kabir Bedi narrated an incident related to his second wife, Parveen Dusanj and the love of his life, Parveen Babi.


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Kabir Bedi Once Asked His Third Wife To Change Her Name To Avoid Confusion With Parveen Babi

Kabir Bedi had swooned the hearts of every girl in the country with his macho man personality and sharp looks in the 70s. During the lockdown, Kabir Bedi had penned a memoir titled, Stories I Must Tell. In his memoir, the actor opened up about a lot of things that affected his personal life and his professional life. Kabir Bedi also mentioned his immense love for late actress, Parveen Babi and penned many anecdotes pertaining to the same.

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Kabir Bedi had first gotten hitched to Protima, with whom he had an open marriage. According to the actor, he had openly declared his love for Parveen Babi in front of his first wife, Protima. Kabir Bedi had then married an American model, Susan Humphreys. Kabir Bedi's third wife's name is Parveen Dusanj and in his recent interview, he narrated an incident related to his second wife and the love of his life, Parveen Babi.

Kabir Bedi

In an interview with Bollywood Hungama had once asked his wife, Parveen Dusanj, to change her name, because he had already 'had a Parveen' in his life. He then mentioned that dismissed his request. The actor said, "I said, 'I've had a Parveen in my life, would you mind changing your name or something because people get confused.' And of course, she had this very British (reaction), 'How dare you ask me to change my name?'" He continued, "But when things went on, and she came to India and realised that Parveen (Babi) had been a major part of my life, in people's consciousness, I started calling her 'V'. My longest relationship has been with Parveen (Dusanj), we've been together for 15 years, married for six of those years, and it's a beautiful, fitting climax to my life."

Kabir Bedi

In the same interview, Kabir Bedi mentioned that Parveen was 'capable of great love', but had 'her problems which caused great traumas.' In his words, "The love that I felt for her was extraordinary and intense," he said, adding that seeing her suffer, 'because of her mental problems'."

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Kabir Bedi

In his autobiography, Kabir recalled the night when he had told his wife, Protima about his brewing love with Parveen and how he wants to be with her for the rest of his life. The actor shared, "There was no easy way to break the news (to Protima). “I’m going over to Parveen’s tonight,” I said softly when she came in. “Parveen’s!” she repeated in surprise. I could see her computing what must have happened. “But I’ve only just arrived. Can’t you stay tonight at least?” I shook my head. No, I have to be with her tonight … and every night.” In that moment, she realised that our relationship had changed forever. She let out a deep breath and looked at me. “Do you love her?” I nodded, not without sadness. “Does she love you?” she asked, her voice a notch higher. “Yes,” I said gruffly, wanting to cry."

Kabir Bedi

Kabi further shared how Parveen came into his life and filled the void, which was caused by his unfulfilled marriage with Protima. The actor wrote, "Parveen Babi filled that void. She was a ravishingly beautiful actress with fair skin, long black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes. Until then, I’d always thought of her as “the girlfriend of Danny Denzongpa”. He was a good-looking Sikkimese actor, two years younger than me, a year older than Parveen. In the years ahead, he would become a highly successful villain in Bollywood and be nominated for many Filmfare Awards. Parveen began her rapid rise to stardom during their four years together. Her living openly with Danny, wearing jeans and smoking in public, had given her a bohemian image in India. But, morally, she was a conservative Gujarati girl."

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