Late Om Prakash Puri is counted amongst one of the most real actors of the Indian film industry. His performances in art as well as commercial movies have impressed viewers of all ages. Born on October 18, 1950 in Ambala to a Punjabi family, Om Puri began doing odd jobs at a very small age.
Om Puri's stint at the dhabas and tea stalls never deterred him from completing his studies. He completed his education and joined the National School of Drama and later went to the Film and Television Institute of India.
Even though his first film was a children movie titled Chor Chor Chhup Ja, his debut in the mainstream cinema happened in 1976 through a Marathi movie Ghashiram Kotwal. On the occasion of his 68th birth anniversary, let's have a look at his films which have set a benchmark in acting in the Indian cinema.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
The 1983 film introduced the genre of dark satire in Bollywood. It revolved around rampant corruption in politics, bureaucracy, media, etc and also featured Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik and Neena Gupta.
Om Puri played the role of a builder, Ahuja in the movie
Om Puri played the role of a fair and frustrated cop in this 1983 movie, directed by Govind Nihalani. The film had actors like Amrish Puri, Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah. Om Puri won the National Award for his stellar acting in the film.
Aakrosh, which was the debut film of ace director Govind Nihalani, won 1980 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and several Filmfare Awards. It was based on the corruption in the judiciary and victimisation and suppression of underprivileged.
The 1987 film, directed by Ketan Mehta, had critically acclaimed actors in leading roles such as Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Smita Patil. The movie is set in the background of colonial India.
Directed by legendary director Satyajit Ray, Sadgati was primarily made for TV. The 1981 film was based on a short story by famous writer Munshi Premchand. Om Puri played the role of a poor village shoemaker.