With a career spanning across three continents India, United States & many European countries, Kabir Bedi is a renowned actor who has starred in films, television and theatre extensively.
He is noted for his role as ‘Emperor Shah Jahan’ in Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story in 2005. He is best known in Italy and Europe for playing the pirate Sandokan in the popular Italian TV miniseries and also for his role as the villainous Gobinda in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy.
Kabir began his career in Indian theatre and as a stage actor, he performed Shakespeare's Othello as well as portrayed a historical Indian king in Tughlaq, and a self-destructive alcoholic in The Vultures.
He has acted in over 60 Indian films and some of his blockbuster hits are Kacche Dhaage, Khoon Bhari Maang and Main Hoon Na.
He also starred in Deepa Mehta's film, Kamagata Maru with Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham and acted in the Tamil film Aravaan, directed by Vasanthabalan.
Kabir has acted on American television, in Hallmark's African epic Forbidden Territory & On Wings of Eagles, he also played the character of ‘Friar Sands’ in The Lost Empire, for NBC and a much more popular TV series.
In Europe, his greatest success was Sandokan, an Italian-German-French TV series that broke viewership records across Europe. He also acted in a prime-time Italian television series, Un Medico in Famiglia (2016).
He acted in The Bold and the Beautiful in 2005, which was the second most-watched television show in the world then, seen by over a billion people in 149 countries.
Kabir is a regular contributor to Indian publications including the Times of India and Tehelka on political and social issues affecting the country.
He has given voiceovers for various big ad campaigns including TAJ Hotels, Resorts & Palaces in 2014, DHL & Yamaha in 2015, and Parle & Tanishq in 2016.
Kabir supports the anti-Government struggle in Myanmar and is an official ambassador of the Burma Campaign UK. He is also the brand ambassador for Rotary International South Asia for their Teach Programme and the Total Literacy Mission in India and South Asia.
Awards and Accomplishments
Awards and Accomplishments
He has received the highest ranking civilian honor including being bestowed with the title of ‘Cavaliere’ of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Since 1982 he has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the jury responsible for presenting the Oscar awards.
He is also a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Kabir is the honorary brand ambassador for Italian Charity Care and Share Italia, which educates and looks after street children, from school to university, in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
He received an Honorary Degree from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University in Bhubaneswar.
Why Kabir Bedi ?
One of India’s most famous actors, Kabir Bedi has made a mark globally as well. In a career spanning nearly 47 years, Kabir has dabbled in film, television, theatre and radio, both in India and abroad. From All India Radio in Delhi to advertising and theatre in Mumbai, and finally into the world of cinema, Kabir has proved to be a versatile actor. His immense experience over the years and larger than life attitude, along with his excellent diction, make him an inspiring & captivating speaker.