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Stories I must tell by Kabir Bedi


World famous Indian actor Kabir Bedi tells some of the key stories from his life, in Bollywood, Hollywood, London, Italy and Europe. Over the course of his extraordinary career Kabir has been a trailblazer, finding success across continents, languages and genres at a time when this was rare, especially in popular cinema. Here he reflects on his triumphs and setbacks, the milestones and mistakes, and on a deeply personal level looks back on the important relationships of his life, the women he has loved, the affairs and the marriages. Stories I Must Tell is the tumultuous and emotional journey of a middle-class boy from Delhi whose career as an actor has spanned the globe. Many will know him from Sandokan, and The Bold and the Beautiful, the James Bond film Octopussy, and Bollywood’s Khoon Bhari Maang. Over the years Kabir has built an international career in film, television, theatre and radio.

Here he shares it all with honesty and humour – the fascinating insights into the worlds of Hollywood and Bollywood and how he came to be a household name in Italy and across Europe. He begins by telling the story of how in June 1966 as a twenty-year-old freelance reporter with All India Radio he somehow managed to secure an exclusive interview with the Beatles, then the most famous band on the planet - an event which in a round-about-way was to lead to him embarking on a new career in acting and leaving Delhi forever. Over the course of his stellar acting career Kabir has enjoyed major success in both film and tv, but, has also suffered bitter blows and setbacks along the way. Here he opens up about the highs and lows he has faced as an actor. There are also the personal stories of the romances that made headlines, his four marriages and the trauma of his three divorces. During his lifetime Kabir has been no stranger to pain and loss. A devoted family man and father, he describes his heart-wrenching battle to try to save his schizophrenic eldest son Siddarth and of losing some of those closest to him. Going back to his roots, he reveals the incredible love story of his Indian philosopher father with his British-born mother, who in later life was to become the world’s highest ranked Tibetan Buddhist nun.

Kabir Bedi’s life has been a roller-coaster ride. In Stories I Must Tell he looks back on it all and explains how today he has finally found fulfilment.


Kabir Bedi began his career in Bollywood, worked in Hollywood and became a star in Europe. He was the villain in the James Bond film Octopussy, and starred in The Bold and the Beautiful, one of the most watched series in the world. In Europe his Sandokan series broke all television records. He has millions of fans and well-wishers across the world.

Kabir’s career has spanned three continents in three mediums: film, television and theatre. He starred with Michael Caine in Ashanti and Roddy McDowell in Thief of Baghdad. He played the title role in the Italian film The Black Pirate (Il Corsaro Nero). On American television he has acted in popular series like Highlander, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P.I. and Dynasty, and many HBO series. On stage he starred in John Murrell’s Taj at the Luminato Festival in Canada, and M.M.Kaye’s Far Pavilions in London’s West End. In India he has acted in over 65 Bollywood films and is also an expert commentator on television and is the voice behind many ad films and documentaries.

Kabir has been honoured with Italy’s highest civilian award, “Cavaliere,” knighting him for his lifetime achievements. He is a voting member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars.

Kabir is also known for his support of philanthropic and social causes. He is Brand Ambassador of SightSavers India, which gives sight to the visually challenged, and of Care & Share Italia, which looks after street children and educates them, from kindergarten to university in India.

Kabir lives with his wife, Parveen Dhusanj, a film producer on Juhu Beach in Mumbai. He travels regularly to his three favourite cities, Rome, London and Los Angeles. For Kabir, ‘All the world’s a stage’.

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