Controversies associated with late veteran actor Om Puri

Shaheryar Hossain  |  Trends  |  6 Jan 17,10:43:23  |  

Name:           Om Puri

DOB:            18 October 1950 (age 66), Ambala, Haryana, India

Died:             6 January 2017 (aged 66)

Nationality:    Indian

Education:      National School of Drama, Delhi

Occupation:   Actor

Years active:  1972–2017

Spouse:            Nandita Puri (1993–2013)

Children:        Ishaan Puri

Awards:           Padma Shri, National Film Awards


Veteran actor Om Puri was one of Bollywood’s most colourful and controversial actors, adored by some and condemned by others.

One of India's most successful actor, his career and personal life was marked by controversies.

Biography row

Om and wife Nandita Puri's differences first came out in the open just before the actor's biography 'Unlikely Hero: The Story of Om Puri', written by his journalist-writer wife, was to be launched. Om had taken offence to Nandita exposing his relationships in a manner which was disrespectful to the women involved. 

According to the book, Om had sex with his maid when he was 14. He then went on to have another deep, personal and sexual relationship with another woman who was a caretaker of his ailing, old father. 

Controversy erupts on his army comment

Om, who was invited for a debate on Hindi film producers’ ban on Pakistani actors following the September 18 terror strike in Kashmir’s Uri, had said: “Did anybody force them (the soldiers) to join the army?”

However, he apologized for his remark.

“I’m guilty and should be punished,” he said. 

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