- Name : OmPuri
- Date of Birth : Oct 18, 1950
- Passed Away On : Jan 06, 2017
- Religion : Muslim
- Death Place : Mumbai
- Address : Ambala, Punjab, India
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INDIAN CINEMA LEFT WITH VOID WITH THE DEMISE OF VETERAN ACTOR OM PURI
The shining star of parallel cinema as well as mainstream Indian films, Om Puri proved his mettle as a performer. A Padma Shree winner of the year 1990, he was also honoured with several other accolades during his career.
As the journey of this fundamental pillar of Art, as well as Commercial cinema, comes to an end, let us take you back in time to acclimatize you with the personal history of this legend.
Om Puri was a Punjabi born on 18th October 1950 at Ambala to a father who served in the British Indian Army. Later on, his father left his job after World War II and started working in the Indian Railways. Consequently, Puri’s childhood drifted between various jobs, and he kept struggling to make ends meet. Though his father was a strict person, he never stood in the way of his son’s ambitions. Considering his financial status, Puri thought to follow his father’s footsteps into army life as well as railways and thus, collected coal from the railway tracks as mentioned in his Biography ‘Unlikely Hero’ written by his wife Nandita Puri on 24th November 2009.
COMMENCEMENT OF HIS JOURNEY AS AN ACTOR
Puri was a student at Khalsa College where he did unpaid theatrical work. It was here that he was noticed by the leading Punjabi playwright Harpal Tiwana, who invited him to join his semi-professional theater company named Punjab Kala Manch. It was Puri’s first step into the world of acting that later on took him to the coveted National School of Drama in Delhi, where he learned the fine details of acting and the associated nuances. He studied the classics of Ibsen, Shakespeare, Brecht, etc. along with Naseeruddin Shah, who was his classmate then. He graduated from NSD in the year 1973. To hone his acting skills further, Puri joined the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.
THE ENTRY INTO BOLLYWOOD
The time when Puri entered the Indian Film Industry was the era of ‘Good Looking’ actors. The legend himself made an honest confession that “Fat noses have no place in the Hindi film industry.”His bulbous nose and childhood bout of chickenpox was a clear impediment to his attempt of making it in the Bollywood. But breaking all clichés, the actor started out his Bollywood journey in the era of 70s.
His debut movie was a Marathi flick Ghasiram Kotwal based on the famous play by eminent playwright Vijay Tendulkar. It was directed by K. Hariharan and Mani Kaul along with sixteen graduates of the Film and Television Institute of India. Other leading actors who shared the screen space in this film were famous Bollywood stars Amrish Puri, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah.
SOME OF HIS NOTABLE WORKS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING
· Aakrosh in the year 1980
· Disco Dancer in the year 1982
· Ardh Satya in the year 1982), he got the National Film Award for Best Actor for this role. In an interview, Puri said, “As a young man, I was very introverted and quiet, but with a lot of intensity and feelings,” says Puri. “I was very sensitive to the environment around, and this disparity in people, seeing beggars and laborers not paid well, used to disturb me. So these emotions in these roles came very naturally to me.”
· Maachis in the year 1996
· Gupt in the year 1997
· Dhoop in the year 2003
HIS FORAY INTO INDIAN TELEVISION
Puri was a versatile actor who did not restrict himself to films. The acting was his passion, and he did not shy away from trying different genres and n different platforms. Consequently, he also worked in Hindi television serials like Kakkaji Kaheen that aired in the year 1988. Another popular serial was Mr. Yogi that was telecast in the year 1989. He was a 'Sutradhaar' in this series.
He went on to do another popular Hindi television serial in the year 1987 that enticed the nation; Tamas based on a Hindi novel of the same name. The actor received critical acclaim for his performance for his role in this series.
PURI’S PERSONAL LIFE
Puri’s first marriage was with Seema Kapoor, the sister of famous actor Annu Kapoor, in the year 1991, but their marriage did not last long, and the couple divorced after eight months.
His second marriage was with journalist Nandita Puri in the year 1993. The couple has a son named Ishaan.
UNLIKELY HERO: THE STORY OF OM PURI
In the year 2009, Nandita wrote a biography of Puri, entitled Unlikely Hero: The Story of Om Puri. The piece of work agitated Puri as he reprimanded his wife for revealing his intimate relationships in an explicit manner.
THE DEMISE OF THE SHINING STAR
Indian Film industry is in mourning today as Puri has
left behind a legacy that cannot be matched. He has left for his heavenly abode
at the age of 66 following a heart attack in the early hours of 6 January
2017 at his residence in Andheri Mumbai.
In 1999, Puri acted in a Kannada movie titled A.K. 47