Kabir Bedi honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice
Legendary artist Kabir Bedi, who was one of the first Indian actors to work in Hollywood, was honoured on with a lifetime achievement award at Venice on Saturday.
Bedi has worked extensively in Italy and also played the lead in the all-time favourite TV series 'Sandokan'.
According to reports Bedi was presented with the Filming Italy Movie Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Production Bridge. Bedi was present at the event to receive the award and in his acceptance speech stated, "I have tried to make people in Italy focus on India for many years, and people in India focus on Italy."He continued, "Since the time of `Sandokan,` I`ve done over six major series in Italy and not many people realize that really Bollywood and Hollywood are a far lesser part of my life than my career in Italy."
The actor has for years, played an unofficial bride between India and Italy's cultural ties.
Bedi said that he realized very quickly that unless he wanted to be a singing-dancing star, he could not be a leading man in Bollywood and added, "So I knew I had to reach out for a career abroad. And it was the Italians that gave me the opportunity to come to Italy by giving me this iconic role of 'Sandokan'."
Based on Emilio Salgari's novels, the television series began in 1976 and fired the Italian popular imagination, gathering a record 34 per cent audience share.
It was followed by several subsequent series and films revolving around the character. The award was presented to Bedi by producer and actor Tiziana Rocca and Roberto Stabile, the head of the international department of Italian national audiovisual body ANICA.
Bedi's early hits in Bollywood include 'Kuchhe Dhaage', 'Ishk Ishk Ishk' and 'Nagin' and he continues a prolific career in that industry.His career in the US includes a long run on 'The Bold and the Beautiful' and roles in 'Dynasty', 'Murder, She Wrote', 'Magnum, P.I.', 'Hunter', 'Knight Rider' and 'Highlander: The Series'.
He also played the lead in 'The Thief of Baghdad', having had prominent roles in 'Ashanti' and James Bond film 'Octopussy'.