Mumbai Film Festival Honors Cricketing Legend Bishan Singh Bedi in Heartfelt Tribute
The 24th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival commenced with grandeur and heartwarming moments as Bollywood and television luminaries graced the event. The star-studded gathering witnessed the presence of renowned figures such as Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Bhuvan Bam. However, one actor, in particular, Bollywood's own Neha Dhupia, not only attended the festival but also assumed the role of hosting the grand opening day, adding an extra layer of glamour and charm to the occasion.
Yet, it was Neha Dhupia's poignant tribute that resonated with the audience and added depth to the festival. In a unique and touching gesture, she paid homage to her late father-in-law, Bishan Singh Bedi, the former Indian cricketing legend, by donning a black band on her arm. This somber act is a customary symbol of mourning in the world of sports, where teammates wear a black armband to grieve the loss of a fellow player.
The heartfelt response from these celebrities highlighted the profound impact of Bishan Singh Bedi's passing. He was not only the father of Angad Bedi but also the father-in-law of Neha Dhupia. The news of his demise sent shockwaves through the realms of both cricket and Bollywood, prompting an outpouring of condolences from notable figures, ranging from the charismatic Shah Rukh Khan to the versatile Suniel Shetty.
Angad Bedi, deeply affected by the loss of his father, shared glimpses of their special bond through a series of photographs on social media, offering an intimate portrayal of their close relationship. This emotional response from the Bedi family further emphasized the profound impact Bishan Singh Bedi had on their lives.
Bishan Singh Bedi's presence extended beyond the cricket field; he made a notable foray into the world of Bollywood. His appearance in the film "Ghoomar," released in August of the current year, alongside stars like Abhishek Bachchan and Saiyami Kher, demonstrated his versatility. Intriguingly, Angad Bedi, his son, also had a role in the same film, showcasing their shared passion for the world of entertainment.
Delving into the early chapters of Bishan Singh Bedi's career, we discover that he embarked on his cricketing journey in 1966, representing the Indian cricket team until 1979. Throughout his illustrious career, he participated in 67 Test matches, claiming an impressive 266 wickets. In addition, he made a significant mark in One Day Internationals (ODIs), amassing 7 wickets in 10 matches. Bishan Singh Bedi's reputation as a phenomenal Indian spinner was widely acknowledged and celebrated.
- PTC PUNJABI