Remembering Om Puri: The actor who redefined intensity

Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
1/6/2017 5:49:22 PM

Om Prakesh Puri aka Om Puri is no more. The master actor who debuted with the Marathi film GHASIRAM KOTWAL in 1972 went on to redefined intensity in AAKROSH (1980) in which he played a peasant fighting the oppression in a feudal system.

Om served the Indian, British, and American film industry in the commercial, art and independent films format remarkably. Awarded Padma Shri in 1990 Om was a celebrated alumni of NSD (National School Of Drama) who like a chameleon shifted shades of his acting genius be it the angry cop Anant Velankar from the award winning ARDH SAYTA to the alcoholic builder Ahuja from the unforgettable cult JAANE BHI DO YAARO.


The outsider, who came into the film industry with comparatively less command over English, and unconventional looks started a trend of elusive rage that became a case study for others to follow.

While the aspirants of stardom in commercial Hindi cinema dreamt and sweared on Mr. Bachchan’s iconic angry young man ‘Vijay’, the afficandos of meaningful, serious or to be precise parallel cinema where awed by Om Puri’s Anant Velankar from ARDH SAYTA.

It’s an interesting fact that in spite of Om’s lack of command over English, he has done more international projects then his NSD class mate Naseeruddin Shah, who has a formidable command over the English language.
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Both Om and Naseer have been the integral part of the revolution of parallel cinema during the 70s, 80s spearheaded by Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani and co.

Om despite the presence of the acting powerhouse Naseeruddin Shah who was impeccably brilliant in ALBERT PINTO KO GUSSA KYU AATA HAI, MIRCH MASALA, made his mark as the garage mechanic and Abu Miya in the above films respectively.

His sudden demise has send shock waves in the industry and amongst his followers, remembering those iconic characters that had now made Om Puri’s brilliance immortal.