Connect with us
Om Puri Om Puri


Om Puri: An actor for all seasons with remarkable range of expressions

The true tribute to any actor is in remembering some of their performances and for Om Puri, who succumbed to a sudden heart attack on Friday, there is no shortage of roles, big or small, heroic, comic or villainous, in masala or art films to recall his skill.



His craggy, pockmarked but distinctive face may have kept him from becoming a leading man in films, but Om Puri used the remarkable range of expressions he could convey, from impotent rage to blazing menace to comic exasperation, along with his trademark baritone, to play some immortal roles on the big and small screen in India and abroad.

The true tribute to any actor is in remembering some of their performances and for Om Puri, who succumbed to a sudden heart attack on Friday, there is no shortage of roles, big or small, heroic, comic or villainous, in masala or art films to recall his skill.

Will we remember him for his depiction of the victimised tribal of “Aakrosh” (1980), conveying his anguished helplessness by facial expressions till the very last shocking scene when he finally opens his mouth in a loud protest, the hapless policeman in “Ardh Satya” (1982), the enthusiastic poetry-lover in “In Custody/Muhafiz” (1993) or sinister terrorist Sanatan in “Maachis” (1996).

Or will we prefer to remember him in another light, as suspicious secretary Banwari Lal in “Chachi 420” (1998), the jovial and kind but dutiful Inspector Khan in “Pyar To Hona Hi Tha” (1997) or determined Inspector Udham Singh in “Gupt” (1997). Then there is also his portrayal of British-Pakistani George Khan, who is loving but can be authoritarian and abusive towards his mixed family in “East Is East” (1999).

Any list of his most memorable performances is bound to be most subjective, but lets try to list six of them, from a wide swathe of his work.

“Ardh Satya” – This was the movie that made his name, and fetched him the National Award for Best Actor. As Sub Inspector Anant Velankar, Om Puri well conveyed the helplessness of a low-ranking police inspector who soon realises the limits of his uniform’s power, the shameless manipulation of power by the elite and how justice is only a word.

“Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” (1983) – As Ahuja, the dipsomaniac and corrupt Punjabi builder who wears sun-glasses round the clock, Om Puri held his own against a powerhouse of abundant talent in this cult classic. He also grabbed some of the best scenes — especially the one in which he comes across Satish Shah propped in his coffin, thinks his car has broken down and tries to help him. He also pops up as a sun-glass sporting Duryodhana in the epic climax scene and has one of the film’s most-remembered dialogues, when he storms out of a meeting with his rival (Pankaj Kapoor): “Tarneja, tena main dekh lunga, D’Mello, tu te gaya.”

“Tamas” (1987) – In this disturbing story of the circumstances in which India and Pakistan were born as independent nations, Om Puri plays low-caste labourer Nathu, who is cynically manipulated into an act which leads to riots and eventually his own death.

“Bharat Ek Khoj” (1988) – Om Puri was the mainstay of Shyam Bengal’s epic journey around Indian history, popping up in most episodes in key roles as Duryodhana, Angulimala, Ashoka, Allaudin Khilji, Krishna Deva Raya, a rebel soldier in 1857, J.C. Nigam, the District Magistrate of rebellious Ballia in 1942, and so on. But his best was as Aurangzeb, especially when he faces a resentful Shivaji (Nasseruddin Shah), who does not mellow despite all his attempts at conciliation and ultimately puts gets Emperor into a towering rage.

“Kakkaji Kahin” (1988) – Based on writer Manohar Shyam Joshi’s political satire, this TV comedy saw Om Puri in the eponymous role of a thick-skinned, typical cow-belt wheeling-dealing politician who can solve any problem brought before him. Apart from his trademark guffaw, he was remembered for his literal translation from Hindi to English (eg. “Heart putting Kaushalpur king” for “Hriday rakhi Kaushalpur raja”).

“Mr Yogi” (1989) – Om Puri was the mysterious “sutradhar”, who confuses NRI Y.I. Patel (Mohan Gokhale) in India to find a bride and having to meet a dozen prospects from all the zodiac signs. In the final episode, Patel turns the tables and the sutradhar must turn into “Superman” to locate him (but being an Indian super hero, suffers due to weak batteries which see him tangled in a tree as he tries to fly and finally limp to his destination).

And let us end with two cameos where he well marked his presence – Nahari, the unrepentant rioter in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” (1982), and as Gen Zia ul-Haq in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), which shows how the Americans began their slide into the Afghan quagmire.


Rani Mukerji turns 40, pens a heartfelt note on her birthday




Mumbai, March 21: Actress Rani Mukerji, who turned 40 on Wednesday, says her 22-year journey as a woman in showbiz has been about battling discriminatory stereotypes constantly.

Rani, who is coming back to the big screen with “Hichki” after four years, wrote a heartfelt letter for her birthday. Besides her own journey, she highlighted the hiccups that other women actors face in the industry.

rani mukerji, rani mukerji hichki, rani mukerji news, hichki news, rani mukerji pics, rani mukerji images, hichki news, hichki images, rani mukerji actor, hichki film, entertainment updates

Still from Rani’s upcoming film ”Hichki”

“As a woman, I must admit, it has not been an easy journey. I had to prove myself everyday. Actresses have to prove themselves everyday,” said Rani, who is married to producer Aditya Chopra and has a 2-year-old daughter Adira with him.

She steered the content to gender disparity in the industry and wrote about the preconceived notions that exist.

“A woman has a short career span, a married woman’s equity dies, women are not bankable commodities at the box office, ‘female-centric’ (I hate this word!!) films are huge risks.

“A married actress who is also a mother is the final nail in the coffin of her dreams, ambitions and aspirations – these are some of the discriminatory stereotypes that we have to live with and try to overcome every single day.

“For a woman, the disparity with a man is huge and glaring in this industry.”

Rani also commented how women are always under the scanner.

“We are judged for our looks, our dancing skills, our height, our voice, our acting, how we carry ourselves every time we step out of the house – we have to be the best and yet we are thought to be extremely dispensable.

“I have been asking my friends to talk about their weaknesses and how they overcame them. On my birthday, I cannot skirt these massive ‘hichkis’ that my fellow actresses and I have faced/face and will face every day,” she said.

Her own way to take on “this sexist stereotype” is by coming back to acting after my marriage and motherhood.

“I promise you, I will continue working and battling these stereotypes with all my fellow stunning, beautiful, kind and talented actresses and hope to see our society and the film industry mature further,” she said.

Rani acknowledged that change is setting in.

“I can already see the changes for the better and it fills me with joy. It makes my journey, my career meaningful. I want to see many more victories for all of us. It’s about time. I will be back soon – to try and entertain you, to push the envelope again.

For her roles in the films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Yuva (2004) and No One Killed Jessica (2011), Mukerji won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Rani Mukerji as ‘Meera Gaity’ in ‘No One Killed Jessica’

Rani Mukerji as ‘Meera Gaity’ in ‘No One Killed Jessica’

She also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her roles in Saathiya (2002) and Black (2005), and received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her roles in Hum Tum (2004) and Black (2005).

rani mukerji, rani mukerji birthday, rani mukerji bday, rani mukerji pictures, rani mukerji films, rani mukerji saathiya, rani mukerji black

Rani Mukerji in ‘Black’

Here’s Wishing the Queen of Bollywood ”Rani Mukherji” a very Happy Birthday!!

Rani Mukerji


Continue Reading


‘Tezaab’ maker finds new ‘Ek do teen’ crass



ek do teen baaghi 2 Jacqueline Fernandez

Mumbai, March 21: “Tezaab” filmmaker N. Chandra is irate over the reworked version of his film’s popular song “Ek do teen”. He says it is crass and that there must be laws against such creative vandalism.

N. Chandra says it was the original song’s choreographer Saroj Khan who informed him of a new version, which has Jacqueline Fernandez stepping into Madhuri Dixit’s shoes. The track features in the upcoming “Baaghi 2”.

Now that the new “Ek do teen” is out, Chandra said: “I can’t believe they’ve done this to ‘Ek do teen’. It’s crass beyond imagination. And Jacqueline Fernandez doing Madhuri Dixit’s number? Give me a break! It’s like turning the Central Park into a botanical garden. Madhuri danced with such grace and innocence.”

Chandra feels there need to be strict laws against such creative vandalism.

“Anyone can do anything to your creation just because there are no laws to protect our property. I remember some years ago, R.D. Burman’s ‘Dum maro dum’ had been similarly vandalised.”

He was referring to Rohan Sippy’s “Dum Maro Dum” in which Deepika Padukone had done an item number performing on the legendary Asha Bhosle number “Dum maro dum” from the film “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”.

Chandra said Saroj Khan and he “are definitely taking action”.


Continue Reading


Katrina Kaif Bollywood’s most popular actress outside India: Report




Mumbai, March 21: Actress Katrina Kaif has secured the top spot in a list of popular Bollywood actress outside India, according to a study.

She is followed by “Pari” star Anushka Sharma, “Highway” actress Alia Bhatt, “Udta Punjab” star Kareena Kapoor Khan and “Dilwale” star Kajol.

The findings are a part of consumption trend study done by Spuul, a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming platforms for Bollywood and regional movies, read a statement.

The report is based on a demographic data and consumption pattern which resulted in interesting insights about what Indians and Indian diaspora are viewing.

As per the study, Diljit Dosanjh is the most popular Punjabi actor outside India. Neeru Bajwa finds the second spot in the list, followed by Jimmy Sheirgill.

Punjabi movies are also popular on foreign shores, with the highest consumption in Australia followed by the US, New Zealand, the UK, Pakistan and Canada.

Tamil movies have more popularity and its viewership is the highest in the US, followed by Singapore, Malaysia, the UAE and the UK.

The study says that 50 per cent of consumers of video-on-demand content fall in the age group of 25-34 years, followed by 21 per cent in 34-44 years and 20 per cent in 18-24 years of age. Of this, 80 per cent are male.

Subin Subaiah, CEO, Spuul, said: “Last year, we saw high demand for Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies. This year we aim to make Bhojpuri, Marathi and Bengali movies accessible to all as we see it getting more popularity.

“Simultaneously, we are working towards upping the ante in terms of our technology to create superior customer experience.”

The data in the report was gathered from January 1 to December 31, 2017 from more than 40 million registered Spuul users in India, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and the UAE.


Continue Reading

Most Popular