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Obituary: The demise of Om Puri creates a void not to be filled anytime soon

Obituary: The demise of Om Puri creates a void not to be filled anytime soon

Om Puri

Veteran actor Om Puri passed away today morning at his Andheri residence after suffering a massive heart attack, around two and a half months after his 66th birthday.

Born in Haryana to a Punjabi family, Puri had an interesting story behind his birth. His parents had no records or papers of his birth. His mother could vaguely remember that he was born two days after that year’s Dussehra (a Hindu festival that marks the ending of Navratri). When Puri was enrolled in a school, his uncle ‘chose’ March 9, 1950 as his official birthday.

However, an adult Puri later sought the date of Dussehra in 1950 and changed his birth date to October 18.

The actor trained at National School of Drama and Film and Television Institute of India, before he made his debut in the 1972 Marathi film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’. From 1972 to 2016, he has appeared in numerous Hindi and regional films, along with a number of American and British films. He had recently made his debut in Pakistani films with ‘Actor in Law’, a film by Naveel Qureshi. A few of his noted international films are ‘Wolf’, ‘The Ghost and The Darkness’ and ‘My Son The Fanatic’. His English TV series, ‘A Jewel In The Crown’ became pretty popular.

Puri will be remembered for choosing vivid and versatile characters. While he has appeared in critically acclaimed films like ‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Dharavi’, ‘Sadgati’, ‘Ardh Satya’ and has worked with the finest actors of Indian cinema, he believed he was paid ‘peanuts’ for his best work.

His personal life has never been flowery. He tied the knot with Seema Kapoor, actor Annu Kapoor’s sister, only to separate within a year. He later married Nandita Puri, who made allegations of domestic violence against him and they divorced in 2013. They have a son named Ishaan.

While their marriage was on, Nandita wrote a book on Puri which was titled ‘Unlikely Hero: The Story of Om Puri’.

His death marks the end of a glorious era. From his fellow co-stars to the present generation actors who admired his versatility, everyone in Bollywood is mourning the loss. We pray his soul to rest in peace. His contribution in the growth of Indian cinema will be cherished forever.

Also Read: Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and other B-Town celebs mourn Om Puri’s death

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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Alia's 'hike' affair, Ranbir's 'Dilli Wali Girlfriend' and endless rebound reports. Justified?

It has been confirmed that one of Bollywood’s cutest couples, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra have parted ways. Breakups are always hard, be it a celeb or a commoner; but looks like it is harder for stars as rumours always find a way to rub salt into their wounds.

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Just few days back, Alia was being linked to her ‘Brahmastra’ co-star Ranbir Kapoor, over a comment made by Manish Malhotra on Neha Dhupia‘s Vogue BFFs, and now, according to some reports, Alia is getting close to Hike messenger founder Kavin Mittal. And the base for these reports seem as baseless as the reports that were going rounds regarding Ranbir’s affiliation with a Delhi-based girl, if you remember. (Also Check: Watch: Alia Bhatt spotted with her friend at Pali Village café)

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Alia and Kavin met at the World Economic Forum in 2017, and since then have been good friends. In fact, even the sources of such reports have confirmed just the friendship, but have gone on to add that friendship can evolve into something else, you never know.

Sometimes, it's nice just to do nothing #kashmir #roadtrip

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Well, that’s just a very absurd prediction to make. What a relationship evolves into or not, is something totally based on probabilities and circumstances. And unless there is any incident to prove that something is brewing between two people, how can anyone go on to speculate that two people are dating, or even can date. Can they just not be friends?

This does take us back to the time when Ranbir Kapoor had broken up with Katrina Kaif, and soon after, reports of him dating a Delhi-based girl has surfaced. Of course, those were busted soon after, when it came to foray that she was just a fan who requested for a selfie. Unnecessary negative publicity for both of them.

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Makes one wonder, as to where does the fine line between truth and speculation blur, so as to give birth to blatant lies. They say there is no fire without spark, but what’s the status of statements that have been created out of thin air, pushed out of context, with feelings and logics thrown out of the window? Something to ponder about.

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