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Veteran actor Om Puri passes away at 66, PM Modi, Bollywood offer condolences

sadgati-om-puri-and-smita-patilOne of the most talented Bollywood actors – Om Puri passed away at 66 this morning following a massive heart attack. His close friend Ashoke Pandit took to Twitter to share this shocking news. The talented actor has worked across Bollywood, Hollywood and Pakistani films. Mirch Masala, Bhavni Bhavai, Ardh Satya, Aakrosh are some of critically acclaimed films. As talented as he was, more often than not, he found himself mired in controversies because of his outspoken nature.

Om Puri known to be upfront with his talks, has always had his share of name, fame and shame. The actor, who has featured in more than 100 Bollywood movies, has won incredible amount of awards and appreciation for his stunning roles in movies. On the other hand, his biography by his journalist wife revealed the dark side of his life. In the biography, she highlights some of his most private sexual incidents to market her biography, ‘Unlikely Hero: The Story of Om Puri’. On his biography he said, “I don’t care if she’s my wife. I won’t let her get away with it.”

Here’19om-puri6s looking at 7 instances when Om Puri found himself in trouble, courtesy his forthright attitude.

  1. When Om Puri’s biography – Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri released,  the actor found himself in the media glare as his journalist wife Nandita, (who had written the book) had exposed some of his sexual relationships in a disrespectful manner. He felt insulted as his wife made him look cheap. “I don’t care if she’s my wife. I won’t let her get away with it.
  2. Om Puri lashed out at all politicians from Ramila Maidan when Anna Hazare went on a hunger strike. He called them illiterate and was ashamed of the fact that an IPA officer would actually salute them. “Yeh anpadh hain, inka kya background hai? Aadhe se zyaada MP ganwaar hain” was his statement. Soon after he expressed his regret for calling politicians uneducated. He mentioned that he has always respected the Parliament and the constitutions of India.
  3. During a TV debate with an army soldier and his martyred son, he went to the extent of saying – who had asked the soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?” Post which a case was filed against him. He later w
    as embarrassed his comment. He said that he deserves to be punished.
  4. When Aamir Khan made his controversial statement of feeling ‘unsafe in India’ because of the growing tense, intolerant situation in the country, many reacted and criticised the actor for his comment. Om Puri was one among them –  “I am shocked Aamir Khan and his wife feel that way. I find Aamir’s reaction to intolerance overblown and intolerable.” He believed the Dangal actor’s reaction was paranoid and calculated and was an irresponsible statement to make.
  5. om-puri-1When the beef ban was imposed in India, Om Puri lashed out, calling those who imposed it, hypocrites. He had said, “Who wanted to put a ban on slaughtering cows in the country were hypocrites. We export beef and earn dollars from it.”
  6. Actor Om Puri once again takes dig at media during the trailer launch of his upcoming movie Rambhajjan Zindabad. Om Puri noted for his late coming to event, not only clarified that he didn’t cause the delay but called media “Devil” at the trailer lauch of Rambhajjan Zindabad. “I am not responsible for this delay. I came here on time. I was doing interviews. So please don’t try and shoot me down with your arrows. Because I know about your arrows, sometimes it cuts way too deep” said Om Puri referring to his earlier fiasco with media. “You write such elaborated stories with your pen that a person doesn’t stand a chance. So I hail you all, I respect you and I love you. I understand you have a great contribution in society to create awareness, expose evil in society, but sometimes you guys play the Devil too, which is also important” added Om Puri.
  7. PM Modi wants to bring change in society through demonetisation. While Om Puri puts the blame of pain experienced by people a result of government’s bad execution, he also has faith that the move will help reduce the problem of black money. Om Puri is fully in support of demonetisation and feels the long term gains of the move will soon be felt and enjoyed by people. The veteran actor is not oblivious to the pains suffered by the masses, especially the poor after the government abolished Rs 500 and 1000 notes in the country. While Puri puts the blame of pain experienced by people a result of government’s bad execution, the actor still has faith that the move will help reduce the problem of black money in Indian society.

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