KANPUR: A pall of gloom pervades over cinema fraternity with the sad and sudden demise of a versatile actor Om Prakash Puri in Bombay. His acting skills cannot be forgotten in the time to come. Undoubtedly he performed up to the directors’ expectations and presented a marvellous performance for the time to remember. Aakrosh and Ardh Satya are films which bring his acting authority and even show his significant expressions before us.
His mastery in acting was not only limited to Marathi dramatics. He made his first appearance through the film Ghanshiram Kotwal in 1976. It also excelled in Hindi, English and art films. If his death is a big loss to the film world, there is nothing erroneous in it. Every popular actor mourns his untimely death owing to massive heart attack.
Born on October 18, 1950, at Ambala in a Punjabi family he achieved a very admirable status. He like Nasiruddin Shah made the spectators accept his originality and creativeness in the field of acting. He was a very clear-hearted man. It was simply his silver screen perfection which earned him the fourth highest prestigious civilian title of Padma Shri by the government of India in 1990. He was also declared an honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire in the year of 2004.
His appearance in mainstream Indian, American and British movies, as well as parallel films, was lauded by all and sundry. He is best-known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh, Aarohan and TV films like Sadgati and Tamas. He put his acting ingenuity in light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaron and Chachi 420. He had various collaborations with directors like Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani.
His clear valiant voice for the character of Bagheera became famous among the children very much. They like the role of the animal and intend to view again and again without knowing the fact whose voice it is. They recognise the voice but do not know the actor. But when they were told that it was he who had voiced over, they began thinking of him. His cameo role in Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi is quite memorable.
Art films or parallel films Om Puri delivered his character’s dialogue in such an impressive style which kept the spectators connected with the films from start to the end of the story. He performed remarkably and suitably well. He used to capture the demand of the story and acted in accordance with the situation provided to him. He triumphed because he kept alive in the spectators’ heart an invincible sense of the thing being worth presented, of the performance worth appreciating and of the delivery of the dialogue worth striking.
His death is certainly surprising at the age of merely 66 years. Now viewers will miss his performances and dialogues in the films to be produced in coming days. Those whom god’s love dies young fit on his personality. May his soul rest in peace! That not-so-aged performer stood for only the cause of cinema and that was for taking Bollywood to dizzying heights by his actions, performances and dialogues.