Monica Bedi

Monica Bedi (born 18 January 1975) is an Indian actress and television presenter. She debuted in Hindi films in the mid-1990s and her notable work includes Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat and Jodi No.1 (both 2001). She is well known after participating in Bigg Boss 2 and also for playing Gumaan Kaur Vyas in Star Plus' Saraswatichandra from 2013 to 2014.

Monica Bedi
Monica Bedi at the 8th Aap Ki Awaz Media Excellence Awards.jpg
Bedi at the 8th Aap Ki Awaz Media Excellence Awards, 2013
Born (1975-01-18) 18 January 1975 (age 46)[1][2]
Chabbewal, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Occupation
  • Actress
  • television presenter
Years active1994–present
Partner(s)Abu Salem 1999?-2010?[3]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Bedi is a Punjabi and was born to Prem Kumar Bedi and Shakuntala Bedi in the village Chabbewal, Hoshiarpur district, Punjab. Her parents moved to Drammen, Norway in 1979. At the end of her under-graduation in India, she attended Oxford University, United Kingdom for reading literature; simultaneously, her acting education was completed at Delhi University in 1995.[1]

In September 2002, Bedi and Abu Salem were arrested and later served prison sentences in Portugal[4] for entering the country on forged documents.[5][6] In 2006, an Indian Court convicted Bedi for procuring a passport on a fictitious name.[7][8] In November 2010, the Supreme Court of India upheld her conviction but reduced the prison sentence to the period that she had already served.[9][10]

CareerEdit

Bedi got her first role in Telugu language film Taj Mahal (1995), produced by D. Ramanaidu. Ramanaidu also cast her in Sivayya and Speed Dancer.[11] She debuted in Bollywood in 1995 with Surakshaa.

Bedi was a participant in Bigg Boss Season 2, a television reality show.[12] She was one of the contestants of the reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 and Desi Girl.

She sang the chants "EkOnkar" for a spiritual music album on Universal Music.[13]

Bedi acted in the Punjabi movie Sirphire (2012), directed by Harjit Singh Ricky.

In 2013, Bedi played a negative role of Ghumman in Star Plus' show Saraswatichandra.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Language Role Directed by
1994 Main Tera Aashiq Hindi
1995 Taj Mahal Telugu Muppalaneni Shiva
1995 Surakshaa Hindi Kiran Raju Mavani
1995 Aashique Mastane Hindi Ajay Kashyap
1996 Khilona Hindi Kajal Deepak Pawar
1996 Soggadi Pellam Telugu Tulasi Muthyala Subbaiah
1996 Subash Tamil Anitha R. V. Udayakumar
1997 Ek Phool Teen Kante Hindi Anup Malik
1997 Jeeyo Shaan Se Hindi Talat Jani
1997 Tirchhi Topiwale Hindi Sanam Oberoi Nandeem Khan
1997 Circus Sattipandu Telugu C H Srinivas
1998 Jabab Dihi Bengali Bangladeshi & West Bengal joint production
1998 Charidike Santrash Bengali, Bangladeshi Movie Amin Khan
1998 Sivayya Telugu Inspector Roja Suresh Varma
1998 Choodalani Vundi Telugu Gunasekhar
1998 Zanjeer Hindi
1999 Kalicharan Hindi
1999 Nannaseya Hoove Kannada Lakshmi E.Channagangappa
1999 Sikander Sadak Ka Hindi T L V Prasad
1999 Jaanam Samjha Karo Hindi Monica
1999 Kaala Samrajya Hindi Monica K. Singh
1999 Speed Dancer Telugu
1999 Lohpurush Hindi Hersh Kinnu
2001 Jodi No.1 Hindi Rinky David Dhawan
2001 Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat Hindi Maya Dhillon Rajiv Rai
2003 Tada Hindi Sisir Mishra
2011 Devadasiyin Kathai Tamil Swathi Varma, Mukesh Rishi Renuka
2012 Parichaya Nepali Rekha
2012 Hridoye Lekho Naam Bengali
2012 Sirphire Punjabi Simran Harjit Singh Ricky
2014 Romeo Ranjha Punjabi Reet Kaur Navaniat Singh
2017 Bandookan Punjabi Balwinder Daljit Singh Baath

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role
2008 Bigg Boss 2 Herself
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 Herself
2010 Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl 1 Herself
2013–14 Saraswatichandra Guman Laxminandan Vyas
2015 Bandhan Narayani Deshpande

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The tale of Monica Bedi". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  2. ^ "जेलर पर लगा था इस एक्ट्रेस के बाथरूम में कैमरे लगाने के आरोप, अंडरवर्ल्ड डॉन से भी जुड़ा नाम". Rajasthan Patrika (in Hindi). 19 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  3. ^ Bedi, Aneesha (3 July 2015). "I am happy for him, says Abu Salem's ex-partner Monica Bedi on his impending marriage". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  4. ^ Kumar, Vinay (29 November 2003). "Abu Salem, Monica Bedi sentenced to jail in Portugal". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 December 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Monica Bedi writes pardon letter to PM". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 7 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  6. ^ "The tale of Monica Bedi". The Times of India. 10 August 2005. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Monica Bedi lives tough life in jail". CNN-IBN. 1 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Top 10 Celebrities and Their Run-ins With the Law". The New Indian Express. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Fake Passport Case: SC Upholds Bedi's Conviction". Outlook. 9 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Supreme Court upholds Monica Bedi's conviction in fake passport case". Daily News and Analysis. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Monica Bedi makes Telugu producers wary". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  12. ^ IANS (6 September 2008). "Monica Bedi bids adieu to Bigg Boss". Sify. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Monica Bedi turns singer!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.

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