Pratima Bedi Pooja Bedi's Mother - Ran Nude on Juhu Beach in 1974
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This indeed is a true incident it happened way back in 1974's when there was a rush of hippi culture and world was suddendly getting bolder and bolder those days.
Cineblitz was a new magzine being launched by Russy Karanjia. His daughter Rita Mehta was the editor. Protima Gauri Bedi did something which was unimaginable to most of the Indians during those days. She ran naked on the the streets of Mumbai. First at the Flora Fountain in south mumbai and then a re-shoot took place at Juhu Beach,Mumbai.
Moreover she was not just the mother of Pooja Bedi, She was Wife of Actor Kabir Bedi and most important of all she was a very well renowed classical dancer of her times ( odissi dance form) she had received a lots of awards and and recognitions both nationally and internationally for her contribution towards classical dance and charity work.She opened "Nrityangram" a school for learning classical dance(now a renowed school) and was also very active for social causes and charity work.Protima Bedi was a great woman who was way ahead in time she ran nude on the beach of bombay as a mark of being free and librated woman enjoying her life.
It was said that Protima Bedi,Shoba De (Famous writer and former editor of Star Dust) and Late. Parveen Babi ( Very Famous Bollywood Actress) were very good college friends in some college in Gujarat and even in those days they were very bold and they all used to wear mini and micro mini skirts in college( the kind of skirt Jeenat Aman wore in movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna) it was a craze to be a hippi and bold in those days and they used to flaunt their feminity.
Unfortunately Protima Bedi is no more ------
She died in an earthquake/landslides while on the pilgrimage trip to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in Dharchula-Pitthoragarh district in Uttranchal in 17-August 1998 . She was sleeping in a Camp when a big landslide rocked uttranchal caused by bursting of cloud and heavy rains flooding the rivers . more that 300 people died in that incident....
Rescuers were not able to recover her body for a few days .................
Later Indo Tibet Border Police confirmed the recovery of her body in Malpa Village on August 22,1998
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