By Subhash K Jha
BOLLYWOOD: For the past week or so, a property dispute between Pooja Bedi and her father Kabir Bedi’s companion Parveen Dusanj have been making headlines.
Apparently, the hot-headed Pooja asked Parveen and Kabir to move out of the property which Pooja claims belonged to her mother Protima Bedi, and Pooja then sold off the property.
However a close friend of Kabir Bedi says the aforementioned flat was in fact Kabir gifted it to Pooja way back in 1977.
Says the friend, “The apartment called Beach House is not Pooja’s mother’s flat, as claimed in the press. Kabir had gifted the flat to Pooja in 1977 by Trust Deed and had been paying her rent for staying there ever since Kabir returned to India in the early 1990s.”
The dispute, says Kabir’s friend, was not about who owned the property. “The dispute was about Pooja raising the rent on the flat after Kabir had refurbished it at great personal expense. Pooja didn’t need to exercise that right. After all, she lives in a lavish Versova penthouse that once belonged to her ex-husband.”
Kabir’s friend says Kabir left the disputed home when she asked him to. “Kabit vacated the home in January. There was absolutely no reason to bring Parveen into this sordid business.”
Pooja Bedi’s close friend has another story.
Says the friend, “This matter is a year old. Pooja doesn’t wish to react negatively to any of the nonsense being thrown her way. Time will reveal the truth.”
Pooja’s friend blames a socialite for bringing out this old family dispute into the public domain. “A bitchy South Mumbai socialite whom Pooja has been ignoring and snubbed openly at a function recently, is behind this.”
Kabir Bedi finally broke his silence to say, “I am very upset that Pooja is targeting Parveen when the dispute was between me and her.”
We sincerely hope the father and daughter would sit down and sort this matter out like two mature adults.