Om Puri

Om Prakash Puri, OBE (18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017) was an Indian actor who appeared in mainstream commercial Hindi films, as well as independent and art films. He is best known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982), Ardh Satya and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997). He had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani.[1] Puri also appeared in non-Indian productions in the United States, Britain and Pakistan.[2]

Om Puri

OBE
Born
Om Prakash Puri

(1950-10-18)18 October 1950
Died6 January 2017(2017-01-06) (aged 66)
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India, National School of Drama
OccupationActor
Years active1972–2017
Spouse(s)Seema Kapoor (m. 1991; div. 1991)
Nandita Puri (m. 1993; div. 2013)
Children1

Puri was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990.[3] In 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[4]

Early life

Om Puri was born in Ambala in a Punjabi Hindu family. His father, Rajesh Puri, worked on the railways and in the Indian Army.[5] As he had no birth certificate or records, his family was unsure of his date and year of birth, however his mother told him he had been born two days after the Hindu festival Dussehra. When he began his schooling, his uncle chose 9 March 1950 as his "official" birthday, however as an adult when he moved to Mumbai, Puri looked up when Dussehra was celebrated in 1950, to establish his date of birth as 18 October.[6]

Puri came from an underprivileged background. When he was six years old, his father who was a railway employee was put behind bars on allegations of theft of cement. This resulted in their family becoming homeless. To make ends meet, Puri's brother, Ved Prakash Puri, worked as a coolie (railway porter) and Puri worked in a local tea shop,[7] did odd jobs, and collected coal from nearby railways tracks to support his family.[8] He and his brother's children were later brought up by a maid servant, Shanti.[9]

While working, Puri continued to study. After his primary education, he joined the National School of Drama in Delhi to study theatre acting. A fellow NSD student who became a long-term friend, Naseeruddin Shah, encouraged Puri to follow him to the Film and Television Institute of India in Poona (present-day Pune).[9][10] In an interview with The Times of India, Puri later recounted his family was so poor that he did not have a decent shirt to wear when he joined FTII. According to Shah, Puri was disappointed by his education at FTII, and also was unable to pay tuition fees—when he became well-known, the institute followed up the debt of Rs 280, which Puri refused to pay due to the "impish thrill" of owing them money.[11]

Career

Puri's first film was Chor Chor Chhup ja, a children's film. During this time, to make ends meet he also worked at the Actors' Studio, where future actors such as Gulshan Grover and Anil Kapoor would be his students.[7]

Subsequently, Puri worked in numerous Indian films, as well as many films produced in the United Kingdom and the United States.[12]

Puri made his debut in the mainstream films genre in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal,[13][14] based on a Marathi play of the same name by Vijay Tendulkar.[14] It was directed by K. Hariharan and Mani Kaul in cooperation with 16 graduates of the FTII.[15] He has claimed that he was paid "peanuts" for his best work.[16] Along with Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, he was among the main actors who starred in what was then referred to as art films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).

He was critically acclaimed for his performances in many unconventional roles such as a victimized tribal in Aakrosh (1980);[17] Jimmy's manager in Disco Dancer (1982);[18] a police inspector in Ardh Satya (1982),[18] for which he got the National Film Award for Best Actor;[19] a humble husband in Seepeeyan (1984),[20] Vinod's uncle in Zamana (1985 film) the leader of a cell of Sikh militants in Maachis (1996); as a tough cop again in the commercial film Gupt in 1997; and as the courageous father of a martyred soldier in Dhoop (2003).

In 1999, Puri acted in a Kannada film A.K. 47 as a strict police officer who tries to keep the city safe from the underworld—it became a huge commercial hit. Puri's acting in the film is memorable. He rendered his own voice for the Kannada dialogues. In the same year, he starred in the successful British comedy film East is East, where he played a first-generation Pakistani immigrant in Northern England,[17] struggling to come to terms with his far more westernised children.

Puri had a cameo in the highly acclaimed film Gandhi (1982, directed by Richard Attenborough).[17][21] In the mid-1990s, he diversified to play character roles in mainstream Hindi cinema, where his roles are more tuned to mass audiences than film critics. He became known internationally by starring in many British films such as My Son the Fanatic (1997), East Is East (1999)[18] and The Parole Officer (2001). He appeared in Hollywood films including City of Joy (1992),[20] opposite Patrick Swayze;[21] Wolf (1994) with Jack Nicholson;[20][21] and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) opposite Val Kilmer.[21] In 2007, he appeared as General Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.[20]

He has worked in Hindi television serials like Kakkaji Kaheen (1988) (roughly meaning "Uncle Says") as a paan-chewing 'Kakkaji', which was a parody on politicians, and Mr. Yogi (1989) as a suave 'Sutradhaar' who enjoys pulling the protagonist's leg. These two serials underlined Om Puri's versatility as a comedian. He received critical acclaim for his performance in Govind Nihalani's television film Tamas (1988)[18] based on a Hindi novel of the same name. He played comic roles in Hindi films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro which reached a cult status,[20] followed by Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Chor Machaye Shor (2002), Deewane Hue Pagal, Chup Chup Ke, Kismet Connection and Malamaal Weekly (2006) and Oh My God. He was regular in films directed by Priyadarshan and Kamal Haasan.

His notable roles in commercial Hindi films included Drohkaal, In Custody, Narsimha, Ghayal, Mrityudand, Aastha, Hey Ram, Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha, Farz, Gadar, Lakshya, Dev (2004), Rang De Basanti, Yuva, Singh Is Kinng, Mere Baap Pehle Aap, Billu, Kyunki, Lakshya, Dabang, Bhaji In Problem, Khap, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Ghayal Once Again. Puri was seen in the role of Mohammad Ali Kasuri in Road to Sangam (2009). In 2010, he appeared in The Hangman. In 2011 he was in the Indian action film Don 2.

He has also worked in some episodes of the TV series Aahat during the second season which was aired between 2004 and 2005 on Sony channel. Other notable television appearances included Bharat Ek Khoj, Yatra, Mr. Yogi, Kakaji Kahin, Sea Hawks, Antaral and Savdhaan India's second season.[22]

In 2014, he appeared opposite Helen Mirren in the comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.[13][20] At the time of his death in January 2017, he was working on the Marathi film, 15 August Bhagile 26 January.[23]

Several of his completed films released after his death including Viceroy's House and Tubelight.[24]

Personal life

Puri married director/writer Seema Kapoor, the sister of actor Annu Kapoor, in 1991, but their marriage ended after eight months.[25]

In 1993, he married journalist Nandita Puri, with whom he had a son named Ishaan.[26][27] In 2009, Nandita wrote a biography of her husband titled Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri. Upon the book's publication, Puri spoke of his anger at the inclusion of explicit details of his previous relationships.[28] In 2013, Nandita filed an allegation of domestic violence against him, and the two opted for a judicial separation shortly afterwards.[29]

His second wife reported that they kept a "secular house",[30] but that "while Om is not ritualistic, he does not mind others being so".[30] He took "solace in spiritual reading", particularly in the writings of spiritual teacher Eknath Easwaran, many of whose books he shared with friends.[30] Puri seldom took politics seriously, and often found relaxation by cooking or gardening.[30] In an interview to Rajya Sabha TV in 2012, Om Puri spoke about his interest in agriculture and cooking, and suggested that his dream was to open a dhaba by the name Dal Roti.[31]

Death

On 6 January 2017, Puri died at the age of 66, after having a heart attack at his residence in Andheri, Mumbai.[32][33][34] He was honoured at the 89th Academy Awards in memoriam segment for his contribution in Indian and world cinema.[35]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975Kalla Kalla Bachitko
1975Chor Chor Chhupja
1976Ghashiram KotwallGhashiramMarathi film based on play Ghashiram Kotwal
1977Smothered Voices
1977Bhumika
1977Godhuli
1977Tabbaliyu Neenade MaganeKannada film
1978Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb DastaanMarxist man
1978BhookhColonel
1979ShaayadNandlal
1979Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin
1980SparshDubey
1980Chann PardesiTulsiPunjabi film
1980Bhavni BhavaiMaanav Bhagat
1980Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata HaiMadhu (mechanic)
1980AakroshLahanya BhikuWon Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1981Hari Hondal Bargadar : Share Cropper
1981KalyugBhavani Pandey
1981ShodhSurendra
1982GandhiNahari
1982Disco DancerDavid Brown
1982Waqt-Waqt Ki Baat
1982Raaste Pyar KeSuldev
1982VijetaArvind
1982Naseeb Ni BalihariGujarati film
1983Gumnaam Hai Koi
1983ChokhJadunath
1983Jaane Bhi Do YaaroAhuja
1983ArohanHari MondalWon, National Film Award for Best Actor
1983Ardh SatyaAnant VelankarWon, National Film Award for Best Actor
Won, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Actor
1983MandiRam Gopal
1983Bekaraar
1983Ashray
1984PartyAvinash
1984Maati Maangey KhoonDurjan Singh
1984DuniyaVasudev
1984Shrant
1984RaavanSamant (Staiton Master)
1984PaarRam Naresh
1984Ram Ki GangaLaalu / Lal Dandhwani
1984TarangNamdev
1984Sheeshay Ka Ghar
1984GiddhBhashya
1985PaththarResham Singh
1985ZamanaShyamlal
1985Bahu Ki AwaazAdvocate Jaswant Srivastav
1985HoliPrincipal Pandey
1985NasoorDr Sunil
1985SanjhiBhikhu
1985AghaatTrade Unionist
1985DebshishuPoor Labourer
1986Antaheen
1986GenesisThe weaver
1986New Delhi TimesAjay Singh
1986Long Da LishkaraDittuPunjabi film
1987Debshishu
1987Mirch MasalaAbu Mian
1987Goraa
1987SusmanRamulu
1987Marte Dam TakDaulat / D.K.
1988Achanak
1988Hum Farishte NahinGopi / Tala Master / Murlidhar
1988Ek Hi MaqsadDr. Ram Kumar Verma
1988PuravruthamRamanMalayalam film
1989Shagun
1989Sava Ser Gehu
1989Darshana
1989IlaakaBheema (Raja's Foster Father)
1990Sankranti
1990Kayedi
1990Halaat
1990GhayalACP Joe D'SouzaNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990DishaParshuram 'Pagal Parsa' Sarpat
1991IradaShanker
1991Sam & MeChetan Parikh
1991NarsimhaSuraj Narayan Singh 'Baapji'
1991Meena Bazar
1991Antarnaad
1992Karm YodhaSub-Inspector Patwardhan
1992RaatSharjiHindi film
1992CurrentVelu
1992City of JoyHazari PalEnglish film
1992AnkuramParvez HussainTelugu film
1992DharaviRajkaran
1993Aakanksha
1993Maya Memsaab
1993The Burning SeasonRajiv Sharma
1993PatangMathura
1994AnkuramSatyam
1994In CustodyDeven
1994WolfDr. Vijay AleziasEnglish film
1994DrohkaalDCP Abhay Singh
1994Purush
1994TriyacharitraBillar
1995Ek Ka Jawab Do
1995Beparoa
1995Zakhmi SipahiOm Chaudhary
1995Aatank Hi AatankSharad Joshi
1995Brothers in TroubleHussein Shah
1995TargetRambharosa
1995TarpanJassu
1995KartavyaGhulam Rasul
1996PremGranthBaliram
1996KrishnaMinister Amar Prabhakar
1996The Ghost and the DarknessAbdullahEnglish film
1996MaachisSanatanNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1996Ghatak: LethalSachdev
1996Ram Aur ShyamD.I.G. Suryapratap Thakur
1996TalaashiInspector Puri
1997Zameer: The Awakening of a SoulJaichand Marwah
1997Gupt: The Hidden TruthInspector Udham SinghNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1997My Son the FanaticParvezEnglish film
1997BhaiAdvocate Satyaprakash
1997Chachi 420Banwari lal-Secy
1997MrityudandRambaran Mahto
1997NirnayakInspector Nanak
1997ChuppKeshav Narang
1997AasthaAmar
1998Vinashak – DestroyerInspector Khan
1998Zor: Never Underestimate the ForceShah Alam
1998Pyaar To Hona Hi ThaInspector KhanNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998Such a Long JourneyGhulam MohamedEnglish film
1998China GateCol. Krishnakant PuriHindi film
1999East Is EastGeorge KhanEnglish film
Nominated, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1999A.K.47Commissioner Yashwant SinhaKannada film
1999KhoobsuratDilip Chaudhary
1999Mon petit diable
2000Dulhan hum le jayengeBhola Nath
2000PukarColonel Hussein
2000Hey RamSubhash Goel
2000Hera PheriKhadak Singh
2000KunwaraBalraj Singh
2000KurukshetraBaburao Deshmukh
2000GhaathAjay Pandey
2000Zindagi Zindabad
2000Bas Yaari RakhoTom
2001FarzACP Arjun Singh
2001ZahreelaArun Dev
2001Gadar: Ek Prem KathaNarrator
2001The Parole OfficerGeorgeEnglish film
2001Happy Now?Tin Man
2001The Zookeeperthe VetEnglish film
2001The Mystic MasseurRamloganEnglish film
2001IndianJoginder Singh
2001DeewaanapanPrakash Saxena - Suraj's dad
2001Bollywood CallingSubramaniam
2001Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
2002PitaahThakur Avadh Narayan Singh
2002Maa Tujhhe SalaamVoice
2002KrantiCol. Krishnakanth
2002Ansh: The Deadly PartBhagat Pandey
2002Pyaar Diwana Hota HaiDr. S. Puri
2002Awara Paagal DeewanaMafia Don / Baba Baldev Prasad
2002ShararatDCP Bhosle
2002Chor Machaye ShorDCP Pandey
2002White TeethSamadEnglish series adaptation of White Teeth by Zadie Smith
2002Guru MahaaguruCrocodile
2002Ghaav: The WoundInspector Gautam
2002DhruvaKannada film
2003Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha HaiSam
2003Kash Aap Hamare HoteYashwant Raj Mankotia
2003Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by CrookNarratorUncredited
2003Code 46BahklandEnglish film
2003Miss India: The MysteryInspector Yograj
2003MaqboolInspector Pandit
2003Chupke SeQasim Khan Qayamat
2003Second GenerationSharmaA British TV serial
2003Kagaar: Life on the EdgeSub-Inspector Gokhale
2003DhoopFather Of Dead Military Man
2003Pyaar Kiya Nahin JaataOm Prakash Khurana
2004YuvaProsonjit Bhatacharya
2004Aan: Men at WorkPolice Commissioner Khurana
2004DevSpecial Commissioner Tejinder Khosla
2004LakshyaSubedar Maj. Pritam Singh
2004Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...Mr. Khanna
2004King of BollywoodKaran KumarSatire of the Indian Film Industry
2004A. K. 47Commissioner Yashwant Sinha
2004Stop!Anand Mehra
2005Zinda Dil
2005Kisna: The Warrior PoetJumman Miya
2005Mumbai XpressACP S.P. Rao
2005Mangal Pandey: The RisingNarrator
2005Amar Joshi Shahid Ho GayaWriter
2005Kyon KiDr.Khurana
2005Deewane Huye PaagalMehboob / Scientist Khurana
2005The HangmanShiva Sathe
2006Rang De BasantiAmanullah Khan
2006BaghiHaakam Singh
2006Malamaal WeeklyBalwant 'Balu'
2006Chup Chup KePrabhat Singh Chauhan
2006BaabulBalwant Kapoor
2006Don: The Chase Begins AgainCBI Officer Vishal Malik
2007Khallas: The Beginning of EndA.C.P. Akhlaq Khan
2007Delhii HeightsTimmy Kohli
2007Panga Naa LoKartar Singh
2007Fool & FinalFather of Rahul / Raja
2007Buddha Mar GayaVidyut Baba / Vidya
2007Victoria No. 203Rana
2007DholTripathi
2007Dum KaataRanade / Aabu
2007Charlie Wilson's WarMuhammad Zia-ul-HaqEnglish film
2007Shoot on SightJunaid
2007WelcomeNarrator
2007DholInspector Om
2008YaariyanJagpal Bir 'J.B.' Singh
2008Lovesongs: Yesterday, Today & TomorrowAftab Jaffrey
2008Mere Baap Pehle AapMadhav Mathur
2008Kismat KonnectionSanjeev Gill
2008Money Hai Toh Honey HaiNarrator
2008Singh Is KinngRangeela
2008MukhbiirSP Intelligence — Rathod
2008MaharathiACP Gokhale
2009Chal Chala ChalOmkar Nath
2009BilluSahukaar Daamchand
2009Delhi-6Madan Gopal Sharma
2009BaabarrDaroga Chaturvedi
2009London DreamsArjun's uncle
2009Life Goes OnAlok
2009KurbaanBhaijaan
2009Bolo RaamInspector Indrajeet Singh Rathi
2010Road to SangamMohammad Ali Kasuri
2010Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat KeSankata Prasad Tripathi
2010KushtiJiten Singh
2010DabanggPolice Inspector
2010West Is WestGeorge KhanEnglish film
2010Action ReplayyRai Bhahadur
2011Teen Thay BhaiChixie Gill
2011Kucch Luv JaisaaMadhu's Father
2011Love ExpressKhadak Singh Bakshi
2011Bin Bulaye BaraatiSub Inspector Pralay Pratap Singh
2011KhapSarpanch
2011Don 2: The King is BackCBI Officer Vishal Malik
2011Society Kaam Se Gayi
2012AgneepathAdditional Commissioner Gaitonde
2012Tere Naal Love Ho GayaChaudhary
2012Chaar Din Ki ChandniFatoor Singh
2012Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki HaiBaig Saab - Writer
2012Krishna Aur KansKansVoice
2012Son of FlowerMunshi Pyare Lal Suman
2012The Reluctant FundamentalistAbu
2012Kamaal Dhamaal MalamaalDavid
2012OMG: Oh My God!Hanif Qureshi (Hanif Bhai)
2012ChakravyuhGovind Suryavanshi
2013PolicegiriCommissioner
2013Jatt Boys Putt Jattan DeJora VaillyPunjabi film
2013Bhaji in ProblemPunjabi film
2013The LoversUncredited
2014HeartlessDr. Sanjay Trehan
2014Bazaar E HusnKishan Chand
2014The Hundred-Foot JourneyPapa KadamEnglish
2014Aa Gaye Munde U.K. DeDaleep Singh Dhillon
2014Little TerrorsAbdul-Wadood Kamil
2014Chaar SahibzaadeNarratorPunjabi film
Voice
2015Jai Jawaan Jai KisaanDr. Rajendra PrasadHindi
2015Dirty PoliticsLaddu Babu aka Sai Kumar KonakandlaHindi
2015Leather Life
2015Jai Ho DemocracyPandeyji
2015UvaaHukum Pratap ChoudharyHindi
2015Miss Tanakpur Haazir HoMatang SinghHindi
2015Bajrangi BhaijaanMoulana SahabHindi
2015Welcome BackNarratorVoice
2015BuniyaadBapuji
2015Hogaya Dimaagh Ka DahiMirza Kishan Singh Joseph
2015TraffickerSupreme Court Judge
2016Ghayal Once AgainACP Joe D'SouzaHindi
2016A Million RiversShivEnglish[36][37]
2016AadupuliyattamMuniMalayalam
Nominated, IIFA Utsavam for Performance In A Supporting Role – Male
2016Project MarathwadaTukaram
2016Warrior SavitriYamraj
2016Actor In LawRafaqat MirzaPakistani film[38]
2016A Death in the GunjO.P BakshiEnglish, Bengali
2016MirzyaMunna (Lauhar)Hindi
2016GandhigiriRai Saheb
2016Yeh Hai LollipopMasoom
2016Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh BahadurNarrator
2016Chapekar BrothersBal Gangadhar Tilak[39]Hindi
2016The Jungle BookBagheeraHindi dub[40]
Voice
2017Viceroy's HouseAli Rahim NoorEnglish[41]
2017The Ghazi AttackAdmiral V.S. NandaTelugu, Hindi
2017Tiger
2017TubelightBanne Chachaposthumous release
2017Mr. KabaadiChannulal Surmewala
2017Mathangi
2018Lashtam PashtamSaleemposthumous release
2018Gul MakaiGeneral Kayani
2018Load WeddingRaja's Fatherposthumous release, cameo to gave special tribute
(archive footage)
2019The Gandhi MurderT.G., Director General of Policeposthumous release

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1981SadgatiDuKhiTelevision film
1984The Jewel in the CrownMr De SouzaBritish series[42]
1985Khandaan
1988Bharat Ek KhojVarious characters[42]
1988TamasNathuTelevision film[42]
1988–1989Mr. YogiNarrator[42]
1988Kakaji KahinKakaji[42]
1993–1994KirdaarVarious characters[43]
1994Woh ChokriTelevision film
1997Sea HawksUncle Sam[44]
1999AntaralShreevee
2001CIDJoe Santose2 episodes
2002White TeethSamad Miah IqbalBritish miniseries
2002–2003Jasoos VijayPresenter
2003Second GenerationSharmaTelevision film
2003The Canterbury TalesJetenderBritish series

Awards and nominations

Wins
Nominations

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