Kabir Bedi on his return to television with talk show Director's Cut, Bollywood and his dream of directing.. interviewed by Bidisha Singha
What got you interested in Directors Cut?
I liked the concept. It's a talk show and I get to interview some popular Bollywood directors. It's a journey into the life of a filmmaker without trying to expose or confront them.
I began my career on TV with DD's Mirror of the World. Life has come full circle. <b1>
How many directors have you caught up with so far?
We have shot with 13 directors and plan to interview 13 more. All of them were interesting in their own way. I can't pick a favourite.
Where were you hiding all this while?
I was in Italy, working on a show called Doctor and Family. I did Survivor, a reality adventure series in which I finished second. I was also busy withWest End in London.
Didn't you miss out on Bollywood offers?
Nothing to regret since the money wasn't good. The only good offer was Anil Sharma's Gadar.. Ek Prem Katha. Amrish Puri did the role eventually.
Didn't Farah Khan get back to you after Main Hoon Na?
No, but even if she had, I wouldn't have had the time. <b2>
The buzz is that you're in talks with Deepa Mehta for Xclusion which also features Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham.
I've heard about the offer but Deepa hasn't approached me yet.
You have done TV, films, theatre.. which medium are you most comfortable with?
I am a multimedia international star. Every actor loves doing theatre. Television reaches the maximum people and a film immortalises you.
Despite a year-long stint on the Bold and the Beautiful and Sandokan, your international career didn't taken off.
There are few roles being written for Indian actors in the west. The fact that I have been a voting member for the Oscars for the last 30 years, proves that I'm an international actor.
All these years you've been living out of the suitcase. London today, Rome tomorrow, and Mumbai..
(Laughs) The world's a stage for me. I'm ready to go anywhere as long as the work excites me. I feel at home whether I'm in London, Rome or Mumbai.
Any Indo-Italian co-productions coming up?
Yeah, we are in talks. I have a consultancy that helps Italian productions shooting in India and vice versa.
Any plans of moving behind the camera?
I came to Mumbai to be a director. I worked at Lintas and O&M as their film chief. If I get a great script, I'll definitely go for it.
You've always been in the news for your personal life..
I don't think anyone would have been interested in my personal life if it had not been for my work. People want to know about my life because of who I am.
You've been divorced twice. Yet, you have remained friends with your exes.
I've given everything to my relationships. The parting has always been amicable.
Are you happy with the careers of Pooja and Adam?
I'm proud of my kids. Pooja's doing her bit on TV.. she's even dancing. Adam is in L A. He's working with the production unit of Ugly Betty.