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Old February 25th, 2017, 09:00 AM   #1

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Most famous Indian: Kabir Bedi

What about this cultural world phenomenon?

I wonder if Indians know how this actor is famous ...

Kabir Bedi [ कबीर बेदी] is probably the symbol of India [again, I don't know if Indians know this].

If you ask to an Italian about Indian personages ... the answer will be automatic and direct: Sandokan.

Sandokan was and is Kabir Bedi.

The cultural process which has made this man so famous is particular and interesting: his personage has become a romantic European hero [thanks to an Italian author] even if he's Asian. And pay attention ... this happened in 19th century when Salgari told the deeds of this great hero.

Then, I have to admit that Kabir added a lot to the personage, with his aspect and his powerful presence.

In a few words ... this is an Indian ... a guy able to kill a tiger jumping against it ...

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Old February 25th, 2017, 01:35 PM   #2

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I was an avid reader of Emilio Salgari in my young days and followed the TV show “Sandokan”, even bough the DVD collections a few years ago when it got our. In the beginning I also thought that Kabir Bedi was from Malaysia.

Anyway, you pick a video with an awful music

Here is the main theme, curiously still like to hear it today:

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Old February 25th, 2017, 06:41 PM   #3

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Nice Sharings. Unfortunately Kabir Bedi was not that successful in his home country.
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Old February 25th, 2017, 08:44 PM   #4

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I didn't know about this, although I have known he has been active in western film industry.
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Old February 25th, 2017, 08:46 PM   #5

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Nice Sharings. Unfortunately Kabir Bedi was not that successful in his home country.
I remember watching him as a main villain in the Hindi movie Khoon Bhari Maang.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 04:50 PM   #6
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I also read some of the novels and enjoyed the TV show, it is one of those cases where the actor became associated with the character as in retrospective is difficult to imagine anyone better for the role. As far as I remember the character Sandokan was Malaysian, Tremmal-Naik and his companion Kammamuri featured in the Mystery of the Black Jungle and who eventualy joined the Tigers of Mompracem were the Indian ones.

It was not the only romantic savage theme from an Italian auhor brought to a popular televison show at the time either Orzowei was another, though the novel was never as popular as Salgari's.

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