Mumbai, Jul 20: Veteran actor Om Puri, who is looking forward to his up-coming film 'Khap', that deals with the issue of honour killing, says, cinema has become a business and he is not happy with the kind of roles he has been offered.
“Cinema has become business minded...it has become more greedy and money-minded. I am not happy about it. I don't believe in the cinema that only entertains. I believe entertainment is important but at the same time it is also important that we raise social issues. We need to talk about or show issues through the medium cinema,” Puri told PTI.
‘Khap', directed by Ajai Sinha, who is known for TV shows like ‘Hasratein', ‘Astitva' and ‘Ghar Ek Sapna', is a story about much-talked about Khap Panchayat and the issue of honour killings.
“There are several other issues like unemployment, crime and corruption that need to be highlighted. In villages people do not have electricity, water and proper roads. If we talk about Mumbai, there is so much dirt on the street, due to which, diseases spread. There is mosquito and rat breeding. The municipality is effective only in places where high class society people reside. Like in Malabar Hill area you will not find dirt while in Ghatkopar, Malad, Charkop areas you will see unclean environment,” Puri said.
The veteran actor is also not satisfied with the roles that comes his way.
“Ageing is there not only in films. You grow...you age...and you retire. I am not happy with the roles I am getting...I think I deserve better,” he said.
For the past few years, Puri has largely been associated with several madcap comedies such as Hera Pheri (2000), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Singh Is Kinng (2008) and Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and Teen Thay Bhai (2011).
Presently, the 60-year-old actor is looking forward to his role as a stern sarpanch (head of Panchayat) in ‘Khap'.
“I heard about the issue through newspaper for last ten years. I am against this. I believe any person does not have the right to kill anyone. There is no law existing in our country that allows anyone to kill someone. The need of the hour is to implement the law,” Puri said.
“You make people aware about the issue and you expect people to raise their voice against it and hope the government to change the laws...to make effective laws. The movie will evoke some kind of debate in the society,” he said.
Puri will be seen in Karan Johar's remake of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Agneepath' with Hrithik Roshan in the lead and in the sequel of Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Don'.
Produced by Sangita Sinha and Siddhant Sinha of Ananda Film and Telecommunications, ‘Khap' also has actor Govind Namdev, Manoj Pahwa, Anooradha Patel, Mohnish Bahl and Yuvika Choudhary of ‘Om Shanti Om' fame. The film releases on July 29. PTI