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Stardust (English) - - RUMOURS & REJOINDERS - Words: Ahad San­wari

1991 marked the free-spir­ited Pooja Bedi’s big Bol­ly­wood de­but with Vishkanya. But noth­ing could pre­pare us for her Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe mo­ment in 1992’s JoJeeta Wohi Sikan­dar op­po­site Aamir Khan. Bedi took that fame and ran with it in even more cine­matic ven­tures but didn’t man­age to hit it as big again till she de­cided to star in the Kama Su­tra ad cam­paign. Any other ac­tress would’ve been em­bar­rassed to even talk about con­doms but not Pooja Bedi. She cap­i­talised on that spot­light and turned the cam­paign into a mo­ment to bring greater aware­ness to AIDS na­tion­wide. She stepped down from the Bol­ly­wood man­tle to give mar­ried life with Farhan Fur­ni­ture­walla a try which, de­spite bear­ing two chil­dren, re­sulted in a cor­dial divorce come 2003. Sev­eral re­al­ity show stints like Nach Baliye, Jha­lak Dikhla Jaa and Bigg Boss later, Bedi is now liv­ing the con­tent life with new beau Ma­neck Con­trac­tor. Aditya Pan­choli on the other hand, de­spite many more scan­dals, is still with his wife Za­rina.

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