Monica Bedi

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Monica Bedi
Monica Bedi at the 8th Aap Ki Awaz Media Excellence Awards.jpg
Monica Bedi at the 8th Aap Ki Awaz Media Excellence Awards
Born (1975-01-18) 18 January 1975 (age 40)[1]
Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Cinema/ TV Actress
Years active 1995–present
Website
www.monicabediofficial.com

Monica Bedi (born 18 January 1975, in Hoshiarpur, Punjab) is an actress and television presenter. She debuted in Hindi films in the mid-1990s.

Early and personal life[edit]

Bedi was born to Dr. Prem Kumar Bedi and Shakuntala Bedi in 1975 in the village Chabbewal, district Hoshiarpur, Punjab. Her parents moved to Norway in 1979. At the end of her under-graduation in India, she joined Oxford University, United Kingdom for reading literature; simultaneously, her acting education got completed at Delhi University in 1995.[1]

Career[edit]

Bedi got her first break in Tollywood in the film Taj Mahal (1995), produced by D. Ramanaidu. Apart from Taj Mahal, Ramanaidu also cast her in Sivayya and Speed Dancer (produced by TVD Prasad).[2] She debuted in Bollywood with Surakshaa (1995 film), opposite Saif Ali Khan.

Bedi was a participant in Big Boss Season 2, a television-based reality show.[3] She was one of the contestants of the reality dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3. She was also a contestant on the Desi Girl reality show.

She sung the chants "EkOnkar" for a spiritual music album on Universal Music.[4]

Bedi acted in her first Punjabi movie Sirphire (2012), directed by Harjit Singh Ricky and winning the PTC Award for "best debut".

Jail sentence[edit]

In September 2002, she was arrested with Abu Salem by the Lisbon police for entering Portugal on forged documents.[5] They served jail sentence in Portugal.[6] On 29 September 2006, an Indian Court convicted Bedi for passport forgery for procuring a passport on a fictitious name.[7] In November 2010, the Supreme Court of India upheld her conviction but reduced the jail term to the period that she had already served.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Role Directed by
1994 Main Tera Aashiq Hindi
1995 Tajmahal Telugu
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
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 Sivayya Telugu R Suresh Varma
1998 Choodalani Vundi Telugu Gunasekhar
1998 Zanjeer Hindi
1999 Kalicharan Hindi
1999 Nannaseya Hoove Kannada E.Channagangappa
1999 Sikander Sadak Ka 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[9] 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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
2013–14 Saraswatichandra Guman Laxminandan Vyas Star Plus[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The tale of Monica Bedi". Times of India. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Monica Bedi makes Telugu producers wary". Times of India. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ IANS (2008-09-06). "Monica Bedi bids adieu to Bigg Boss". Sify. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Monica Bedi turns singer!". Times of India. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Monica Bedi writes pardon letter to PM". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 7 November 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Kumar, Vinay (29 November 2003). "Abu Salem, Monica Bedi sentenced to jail in Portugal". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Monica Bedi lives tough life in jail". CNN-IBN. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Fake Passport Case: SC Upholds Bedi's Conviction". Outlook. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
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  10. ^ Maheshwri, Neha (25 February 2013). "Saraswatichandra: A lavish love story". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 

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