Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2017 Contents kaji Kaheen (1988) (roughly meaning "Uncle
Says") as a paan-chewing 'Kakkaji'
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 (1987) 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, followed
by Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000),
Chor Machaye Shor (2002) and Malamaal
His more recent Hindi film roles include
Singh Is Kinng, Mere Baap Pehle Aap and
Billu. Puri was seen in the role of Moham-
mad Ali Kasuri in Road to Sangam (2009). In
2010, he appeared in The Hangman. In 2011
he was in the Indian action movie Don 2.
He has also worked in some episodes of
the TV series Aahat during the second sea-
son 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.
Puri married Seema Kapoor, the sister of
actor Annu Kapoor, in 1991, but their mar-
riage ended after eight months. In 1993, he
married journalist Nandita Puri, with whom
he had a son named Ishaan. In 2009, Nan-
dita wrote a biography of her husband ti-
tled 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.
(Wikipedia and UK Guardian)
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09.01.17 11.01.17 12.04.17
Indian actor Om
Puri dies at 66
Om Puri, one of India's most critically ac-
claimed actors, who starred in films across
Hollywood, Bollywood and the UK, has died
in Mumbai. The 66-year-old was found dead
at his home on Friday morning, reportedly after
suffering a heart attack.
Puri, born in the northern state of Haryana, made
his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal.
A versatile artist, Puri became a key player in In-
dia's arthouse cinema scene in the 1980s and 1990s
but achieved international fame for his roles in Hol-
lywood films such as City of Joy, Wolf, and Charlie
Wilson's War. He was also known in the UK for his
roles in British films such as My Son the Fanatic and
East is East.
In a tweet in December Puri reflected on his
four-decade career, writing: "I have no regrets at
all. I have done quite well for myself. I didn't have
a conventional face, but I have done well, and I am
proud of it."
He received an honorary OBE in 2004 for his contri-
bution to British cinema and in 1990 was awarded the
Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours.
Actors, athletes and fans, including the Indian prime
minister Narendra Modi, have posted tributes to Puri
on social media.
Puri made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film
Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the
same name by Vijay Tendulkar. He has claimed that
he was paid "peanuts" for his best work. 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 victimised
tribal in Aakrosh (1980) (a film in which he spoke
only during flashback sequences), Jimmy's manager
in Disco Dancer (1982), a police inspector in Ardh
Satya (1982), where he revolts against lifelong social,
cultural and political persecution and for which he
got the National Film Award for Best Actor, the lead-
er 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
In 1999, Puri acted in a Kannada movie A.K. 47 as
a strict police officer who tries to keep the city safe
from the underworld. 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
the north of England, struggling to come to terms
with his far more westernised children.
Puri had a cameo in the highly acclaimed film Gan-
dhi (1982, directed by Richard Attenborough). 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) and The Parole Officer (2001). He appeared in
Hollywood films including City of Joy (1992), opposite
Patrick Swayze; Wolf (1994) with Jack Nicholson;
and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) opposite Val
Kilmer. In 2007, he appeared as General Zia-ul-Haq
in Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and
He has worked in Hindi television serials like Kak-
Actors Linda Bassett and Om Puri in the 1999 Miramax movie East Is East, in which they
play a married couple. Om Puri died yesterday.
Om Puri at the 2014 UK Gala screening of
The Hundred Foot Journey.
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