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      Kabir Bedi On How He Ended Marriage With Protima Gupta & Told Her About Dating Parveen Babi: I Said Gruffly


      Actor Kabir Bedi has poured out his heart in his book Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Journey of an Actor, which will be launched soon. Ahead of its launch, we will share with you an anecdote from his book, wherein he spoke about falling in love with actress Parveen Babi while in an open marriage with Protima Gupta.

      An excerpt from his book, published by a leading daily, read, "Our open marriage may have seemed like a good idea at first. In the end, it only caused me greater anxiety. It had led to a lack of intimacy between us. I didn't feel the love that I wanted, the caring and sharing I needed. Nor was I able to give it. The old magic had gone. I was feeling alone, empty and dejected."


      Sharing about how he fell in love with Parveen Babi, he wrote that she was the one who filled the void in his life.

      "She was a ravishingly beautiful actress with fair skin, long black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes. Until then, I'd always thought of her as 'the girlfriend of Danny Denzongpa'. He was a good-looking Sikkimese actor, two years younger than me, a year older than Parveen. In the years ahead, he would become a highly successful villain in Bollywood and be nominated for many Filmfare Awards. Parveen began her rapid rise to stardom during their four years together. Her living openly with Danny, wearing jeans and smoking in public, had given her a bohemian image in India. But, morally, she was a conservative Gujarati girl. While the rest of the Juhu gang talked about the 'free sex' preaching of Guru Osho, she believed in sexual fidelity. It's what I was looking for when I fell in love with her."

      Revealing how he told his wife Protima about dating Parveen, Kabir wrote that it wasn't easy for him to tell Protima about Parveen Babi.

      "There was no easy way to break the news (to Protima). 'I'm going over to Parveen's tonight,' I said softly when she came in. 'Parveen's!' she repeated in surprise. I could see her computing what must have happened. 'But I've only just arrived. Can't you stay tonight at least?' I shook my head. 'No, I have to be with her tonight ... and every night.' In that moment, she realised that our relationship had changed forever. She let out a deep breath and looked at me. 'Do you love her?' I nodded, not without sadness. 'Does she love you?' she asked, her voice a notch higher. 'Yes,' I said gruffly, wanting to cry. I knew I was ending a relationship where we'd shared life-changing experiences together, happy and unhappy, moral and immoral, for six tumultuous years. But I didn't want to show vulnerability. I had to be strong to end it. I held her by the shoulders to embrace her goodbye. She clung to me and burst out crying. Then she sat down on the bed and sighed deeply before she spoke. 'Please leave me alone now,' she said in a firm voice as tears welled in her eyes. 'Leave me alone. Please go!' Our 'open marriage' was over."

      ALOS READ: Salman Khan Unveils Cover Of Kabir Bedi's Memoir, 'Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life Of An Actor'ALOS READ: Salman Khan Unveils Cover Of Kabir Bedi's Memoir, 'Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life Of An Actor'

      For the unversed, Kabir and Protima got divorced in 1977. Parveen, on the other hand, breathed her last in 2005 due to multiple organ failure.

      ALSO READ: Pooja Bedi: Past Relationships Have Not Made Me Bitter, My Children Are Still Fond Of My ExesALSO READ: Pooja Bedi: Past Relationships Have Not Made Me Bitter, My Children Are Still Fond Of My Exes

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