While its common for Indian actors today to work in Hollywood, decades back Kabir Khan had a film career that spanned three continents covering India, the US and Europe.
Kabir Bedi is best known for playing Emperor Shah Jahan in Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, for his role of pirate Sandokan in Sandokan (Italian television series based on the novels of Emilio Salgari) and for his villainous role in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy. He also featured on popular American TV show The Bold and the Beautiful.
In Bollywood, Kabir has worked in several films but his biggest hit was Khoon Bhari Maang, which also starred Rekha.
“Director Rakesh Roshan called when I was shooting ‘Magnum P.I.’ with Tom Selleck in Hawaii. “Why me? I asked, Bollywood on strike? He said: The hero becomes the villain, no hero will accept. My biggest hit,” the veteran actor tweeted recently.
Khoon Bhari Maang is a remake of the Australian mini-series Return to Eden (1983). Rekha plays the role of a wealthy widow who is almost killed by her husband (Kabir Bedi) and sets out for revenge.
After the stupendous success of Khoon Bhari Maang at the box office, the film was remade in Telugu and Tamil as well.