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Date of Birth 18 October 1950Ambala, Punjab, India
Date of Death 6 January 2017Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India  (heart attack)
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Om Puri is an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE.

Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India. He is also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student.

Puri has worked in numerous Indian films and in many films produced in the United Kingdom and the United States. He made his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the same name. He has claimed that he was paid "peanuts" for his best work. He has collaborated with Amrish Puri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in art films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992). He has been active in cinema. He was critically acclaimed for his performances in many unconventional roles such as a victimized tribal in Aakrosh (1980) (a film in which he spoke only during flash-back sequences); Jimmy's manager in Disco Dancer (1982); a police inspector in Ardh Satya (1982), where he revolts against life-long social, cultural and political persecution and for which he got the National Film Award for Best Actor; 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 movie 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 movie is very memorable. He has 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. Om Puri had a cameo in the highly acclaimed film Gandhi (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) alongside 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 Julia Roberts. 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 him performance in Govind Nihalani's television film Tamas (1987) based on a Hindi novel of the same name. He essayed 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 Weekly (2006). His more recent Hindi film roles include Singh Is Kinng, Mere Baap Pehle Aap and Billu. 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 movie Don 2. He has also worked in Aahat TV Series in some episodes during second season which was aired between 2004-2005 on Sony channel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tariq I. Samy

Spouse (2)

Nandita Puri (1993 - 2013) (separated) (1 child)
Seema Kapoor (1991 - 1991) (divorced)

Trivia (32)

Although an Indian Citizen he was created and invested, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE (Honorary) in 2004 for services to The British Film Industry.
Starred in the shelved movie P.N.J.Films "Jan Gun Man"(1997) Starring Om Puri,Arif Rizvi,Narendra Jha,Ravish Kumar, Sadhu Meher,Raza Murad,Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Music by Bappi Lahiri, Produced by Nishikant Jha, Directed by Arvind Rajan Das.
Starred in the shelved movie Shalimar International's "Jaidev"(1995) Starring Om Puri,Ashish Vidyarthi,Aruna Irani,Arun Bakshi,Gulshan Grover,Mohan Joshi, Music by Anand Milind, Produced by Ashok.K. Ranglani, Vijay.K.Ranglani, Directed by Raj .N. Sippy.
Starred in the shelved movie Ramkrishna Productions "Raktapaat"(1995) Starring Dharmendra ,Somy Ali, Rajat Kumar, (Replaced Divya Kumar),Om Puri,Deepak Zaveri,Sadashiv Amrapurkar,Asrani, Bharat Bhushan,Tiku Talsania,Shiva, Harish Patel,Shashi Puri. Music by Vijay Singh, Produced by Deepak Joshi, Directed by Vijaideep.
Starred in M.J. Films "Ittefaq"( Previously titled Waqia)(1996)Starring Chandrachur Singh (Replaced Sanjay Kapoor),Namrata Shirodkar(Replaced Karishma Kapoor)Suman Raganathan(Replaced Ramya Krishna),Om Puri, Mink, Danny Denzongpa,Lyrics by Gulzar, Music by A.R. Rahman, Produced by Milan. C. Jhaveri,Bishun. B. Singh, Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
Starred in the shelved movie P.N.J. Films "Kasam Tirange Ki" (1999) Starring Jaya Pradha, Om Puri,Ayub Khan,Indrani Bannerjee,Shoaib Khan,Raza Murad,Kiran Kumar,Kader Khan,Music by Bappi Lahiri,Produced by Nishikant Jha, Directed by Swaroop Kumar,Reels:5.
Has a a elder brother named Ved Puri. Ved had four boys who came to live with Om in Bombay. Eldest son Bobby was a trainee chef with the Horizon Hotel in Juhu.Then Bobby worked as a chef in Pune's Shantai Hotel. Bobby then decided to try his hand in real estate. He now lives in Pune with his wife and son. The second son of Ved Puri is Vicky Puri. Vicky is married with a daughter and manages a resort in Pune. The third son of Ved is Yash Ved Puri (Rinku) who use to work in the special effects department in television.Yash worked on Mahabharat. Yash also wrote a episode for CID television serial. Yash passed away from a cardiac arrest in 2014 at the age of 40. Yash was at a party dancing when he had the attack. He left a wife and 2 children. Ved Puri fourth son in Rocky Puri. Rocky works as a chef in the famous Indigo restaurant in Bombay.
He was engaged to Seema Sawhni, daughter of director Shaheed Latif.
Was engaged to costume designer Mala Dey.
Was engaged to Mala Dey. Sister of world famous lawyer Subhash Shah.
Om had 8 brothers and sisters who all died in their childhood due to various diseases and lack of proper diagnosis and medical facilities. Om had a elder sister named Vedvati.She was married with a daughter. She also passed away at a young age due to sickness.Om only remember's some of their names.Gyan, Kabli and Baby. These are the names he heard his mother mention.
He was engaged to Jyoti Deshpande. Sister of writer Govind Deshpande.
Starred in the shelved movie,Bappi Sonie Productions "Tere Pyar Ki Kasam"(2001) Starring Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty,Mahima Chaudhary,Tarun Khanna,Hrishita Bhatt,Om Puri, Shivaji Satam,Kabir Bedi,Music by Anu Malik, Produced by Shagun Wagh,Sanjay Jumani,Bhappi Sonie,Saagrika, Shakti Sonie, Directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.
Starred in the shelved movie "Daini" (1999) (Previously titled Sorciere) Starring Om Puri, Pallavi Joshi,Sofi Marcon. Directed by Kajal Chowdhury , The film was set in the western districts of West Bengal and in Chhotanagpur, Bihar. The story centres around the Santhal tribals and the witchcraft which they still practise. Marie Claire a young French woman studying anthropology wants to write a book about them and meets Sambit Banerjee, a professor at Calcutta University. The two of them meet Samuel Tudu an educated Santhal who has converted to Christianity. When the tribals persecute Dhani, a local woman accused of witchcraft, Marie Claire and Tudu, with the help of the local police manage to save the woman from being crippled and burnt to death.
Starred in the shelved movie The Fine Arts "Khajuraho"(2000) Starring Raveena Tandon,Deepti Bhatnagar,Pooja Batra,Sharad Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Divya Dutta,Bikram Saluja,Om Puri, Music Anu Malik, Produced by Sunil Bohra, Directed by Aruna Raje.
Starred in the shelved movie Mark Films International"s "Samna" (1996) Starring Ayub Khan, Deepti Bhatnagar,Om Puri,Mohan Joshi,Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Music by Anu Malik, Directed by Gurudev Bhalla. Reels:7.
Starred in a shelved movie Kamna Arts ''Kashmakash'' (Faraar) co-starring Juhi Chawla ,Pooja Batra, Mayuri Kango, Om Puri, Alok Nath,Raju Kher, Karminder Kaur, Neeraj Vohra, Produced by Jimmy Nirula,Maan Singh Deep.The film was directed by Priyadarshan and 90% of it was completed. Akshay Kumar did a cameo appearance in the film.
Naseeruddin Shah suggested Om Puri use the screen name "Vinamra Kumar" or 'Antim Khanna. Om Puri rejected both. Om Puri was scared he would be mistaken for Om Shivpuri due to both having similar sounding names.
In one or two of his first films he was actually billed as 'Vilom Puri' and 'Azdak Puri', both names he considered and then wisely discarded, finally deciding that the one his parents thought up was indeed the best.
Starred in the shelved film Plus Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. "Benaras 1918 - A Love Story" (2008) Starring Om Puri, Jeet Goswami,Rashmi Ghosh,Yashpal Sharma, Music by Khayyam, Directed by Ajay Mehra.
Starred in the shelved film MAQSADD The Plan (2008) Starring Mithun Chakraborthy, Zarina Wahab, Om Puri, Kaifeena Khan,Ali Khan,Kiran Kumar, Raza Murad,Produced by Anup Jalota/Farook Sayed, Directed by Farooq Shardul.
Starred in the shelved film Pahel Entertainment's D Gangs Of Mumbai (2012) Starring Sanjay Kapoor, Mahima Chaudhry, Om Puri, Arya Babbar.Directed by Wilfred Lobo.
His father wanted Om Puri to have an arranged marriage to his costar of Shrant, Geeta Khanna. Om Puri refused.
Starred in the shelved movie "Exchange Offer" (2008) (Previously titled Ghost Ghost Na Raha" Cast : Rahul Bose, Esha Deol, Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Vatsal Seth.
Starred in the shelved film Gup Chup Gup Chup (2010) Starring Om Puri,Anuj Sawhney,Kainaat Arora,Directed by Priyadarshan.
Starred in the shelved film K. Sera Sera and Vijayta Films "Gurudakshina" 2007. Starring Sunny Deol,Ritupurna Sengupta . Co starring Om Puri, Priya Soni,Producer Sunny Deol,Parag Sanghvi, Music by Adnan Sami,Director Ashwini Chaudhary.
Starred in the shelved film S.D. Productions JANEMAN JAAN LE TU (2002) Starring Amod Sinha (son of producer Vinay Sinha) and Sai Deodhar (daughter of director Shrabani (SILSILA HAI PYAR KA) Deodhar and cinematographer Debu Deodhar) in the lead along with Rajat Kapoor, Aditya Shrivastava, Vijay Raj and Om Puri. Music is by Anand-Milind..
Starred in the shelved film "Sab Chai Paani ?" (2009) Starring Sonu Sood, Rituparna Sengupta,Om Puri,Goga Kapoor,Mukesh Rishi, Directed by Manish Gupta.
Starred in the shelved film Smita Thackeray's Society (2011) Starring Randhir Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia,Om Puri,Paresh Rawal,Seema Biswas,Sarika, Javed Jaffery,Reema Sen,Aditya Raj Kapoor,Produced by Smita Thackeray, Directed by Rahul Dholakia.
Starred in the shelved film E-Dot Entertainment's Tension Mat Le Yaar (2012) Starring Avinash Wadhavan, Om Puri,Alok Nath, Dalip Tahil,Sunil Pal, Upasna Singh,Razak Khan,Guddi Maharuti,Rajpal Yadav,Rakhi Sawant,Reema Lagoo, Muddassir Zafar, Music and Direction by Asgar Khan.
Starred in the shelved film The Legend of Santa Banta (2011) Starring Gurpreet Guggi,Gurleen Chopra,UpasanaSingh,Asrani,Jagdeep,Rana Jung Bahadur,Mukesh Rishi,Sunil Grover,Om Puri,Jaswinder Bhalla,DirectorDeepak Grewal,ProducerDeepak Grewal.
Starred in the shelved film Percept Films "Carry On Pandu" (2010) Starring Ranvir Shorey,Surveen Chawla,Om Puri,Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar,Director Chandrakant Kulkarni. Carry On Pandu is a story of a PhD holder, played by Ranvir Shourie, who is unable to find himself a suitable job despite all his efforts. He ends up entering as a havaldar and helps out the system. His love interest, a glamorous yoga teacher played by Surveen Chawla, stands by him all through his ordeals.

Personal Quotes (1)

Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor and I am thankful that he refused Ardh Satya

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