If you're big on social media in India then you know there's a Game of Thrones-esque battle raging on Twitter between father-daughter duo Kabir and Pooja Bedi (she was born of his first marriage, to dancer Protima Bedi). The script reads like something thought up by Ekta Kapoor's saas-bahu series. The source of the fight? Kabir Bedi's fourth and most recent marriage to his long-time partner Parveen Dusanj in Alibaug last weekend.
Pooja Bedi drew interesting parallels on Twitter likening her father's newest wife to an ‘evil stepmother’ and a 'wicked witch', airing her dirty laundry in public. Thence ensued a hilarious (for viewers) back and forth between father and daughter, in public, with each calling the other names and flinging such barbs as "venomous", "deeply disappointed", "bad behaviour" to this latest tweet from Pooja Bedi.
@iKabirBedi why r u spewing a DAY LATER over a tweet that was DELETED instead of being happy about the next tweet that wished you well??
— Pooja Bedi (@poojabeditweets) January 19, 2016
Bedi, who tied the knot with Dusanj, a social researcher from UK, on his 70th birthday, took to Twitter to share his displeasure over the unwelcoming remarks made by Pooja. Do you sense a parallel here? The key word being "Twitter."
All this drama begs the question, have either of you heard of a magical device we 21st century humans use to communicate with each other called a phone?
I don't know how I would take it if my father married someone younger than me (and thankfully I don't have to) but after ten years together wouldn't one be accustomed to that by now? Pooja Bedi's rants on social media read more like an angsty 17-year-old's than the "mature" 45-year-old woman she is. And the father, Kabir, is just as bad. Pick up the god damn phone and call your daughter. At least that's the mature thing to do. But it doesn't seem like the thought struck either of these two adults.
You'd think that after four days of having at each other in public and the scores of articles being written about the feud since, they'd have wisened up by now. Sadly, not. According to Vagabomb, Pooja opened up to Spotboye about the tweets, saying she had no idea about the wedding and was not invited to any of the celebrations. But she learnt of it from her children who found out when they arrived at the party venue.
This is Kabir Bedi's fourth wedding. After his divorce to Protima, he married British-born fashion designer Susan Humphreys and the couple had a son, Adam. Bedi divorced Humphreys and tied the knot with TV and radio presenter Nikki Bedi. They had no children and divorced in 2005.
Rumour has it that Bedi and daughter Pooja have been estranged for over two years now. Pooja had apparently asked father Kabir and his partner Parveen to move out of the house that she said belonged to her mother, Protima.
For the rest of us it's safe to say this saga is far from over and we can look forward to a few more amusing days for us in the Twitterverse.