Actor Pooja Bedi, who made her debut with the hit film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, recently opened up about her departure from Bollywood in an IGTV chat with actor Samir Soni.
Bedi said she quit movies because her ex-husband Farhan Furniturewala came from a conservative family. Bedi said she had “great fun” working in Bollywood, but “then I got married.”
“My ex-husband told me that if I got married I couldn’t go on in movies because his family is very conservative. My mother always taught me, ‘Whatever you do, you either give it 100 percent or you don’t.’ So I thought, ‘Okay, if I want to be a housewife and wife, let me be the best I can be.’ So for me it was like, ‘Okay, I’ll give up this journey of my life and start a new one,’ Bedi told me.
Pooja spoke about making those choices at a young age, saying that she might have chosen differently today, but is still happy with her decisions. “Now, when you’re younger, you think differently, don’t you? Today I may make different choices. But the fact is, for the time, they were the right choices and I’m really glad I made those choices. So then I gave up everything for a sacred marriage and became the best wife,” she added.
Pooja and Farhan divorced in 2003. The two share two children – Omar and Alaya. Alaya made her Bollywood debut in 2020 with Saif Ali Khan in Jawaani Jaaneman. Pooja shared that despite the divorce, they share a great bond today. “I am good friends with my ex-husband, he is married to a childhood friend of mine. They have a child together. I went for their wedding with the kids. We are good friends. He comes to Goa, we go to each other’s houses, we hang out. It’s really fun,” she said.
“You can end something well, with love and respect. Just because something ends doesn’t make the person a bad person. Thanks for the good times. Thank you for the two beautiful children. It’s not that because of the 12 good years I have to go through 50 bad years. Thank you for the 12 good years and someone else has come along who will really make the next 50 years beautiful, and also his, because he too is entitled to happiness. Everyone has the right to happiness,” she added.
Pooja is now engaged to Maneck Contractor.