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Kabir Bedi awarded Lifetime Achievement in Italy

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On July 8th 2007 Kabir Bedi will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Pegaso d’Oro (The Golden Pegasus Award) in Italy. After presenting awards at the IIFAs in England, and at the prestigious Italian national Donatello Awards, Kabir Bedi is now set to receive an award of his own. The Pegaso d’Oro is one of Italy’s most esteemed awards. Kabir is a household name in Italy with a ‘super hero’ status. He recently starred in the prime-time, top rated show ‘Un medico In Famiglia’ in Italy and his comeback to Italian television has been a roaring success since his international role as SANDOKAN. Kabir is deemed to be one of the most successful International actors from India.

Kabir who speaks fluent Italian remains the original International breakthrough actor from India. Kabir has starred as the villain Govinda in the James Bond classic OCTUPUSSY alongside Roger Moore, went on to star as Michael Caine’s tribal companion in ASHANTI then crossed borders into Italy and starred as the title hero in a blockbuster Italian-German-French television series, SANDOKAN. His role as a tough freedom fighting pirate during colonial times proved popular to mixed audiences and certainly determined his appeal across the world. To date KB has an international cult following with a mass appeal in Europe due to the success of the SANDOKAN show.

The popular actor, whose career spans thirty years across three continents, will be presented the prestigious Pegaso d’Oro award at a glittering ceremony in Pescara, Italy this Sunday July 8th. Previous recipients of the Award have been major international figures (Harold Pinter, Billy Wilder, Peter Greenaway, Ken Loach, and Susan Strasberg), as well as internationally known Italian names (Michelangelo Antonioni, Giancarlo Gianini, Virna Lisi, Etore Scuola, Ennio Moricone, Alberto Sordi, Fiorello, Vittorio Gasssman, Pippo Baudo and others).

This year the winners of the Pegaso d’Oro 2007 will also include Willem Dafoe, Dario Argento and Stefania Sandrelli. The award is presented by the Premio Internationale Flaiano, whose Jury for 2007 comprises leading Italian names like Giuliano Montaldo, Mario Monicelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Mario Sesti, Deborah Young, Franco Mariotti, Laura Delli Colli and Mario Sesti.


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