Om Puri Birthday Special: Some lesser known interesting facts about the legendary actor

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Published by Amrit Santlani on 17 Oct 2019

One of the most brilliant actors Bollywood has ever seen, Om Puri was a true legend in his right. A person who could impersonate both comic and serious acts effortlessly. Over the course of his career, Om Puri starred in a number of iconic films, which gave him legendary status.

Today, the actor would have celebrated his 68th anniversary, and on as a tribute to him, we take a look at some lesser-known facts about Om Puri.

Om Puri’s birthdate was not clear as he was child, his mother told him that he was born two days after Dussehra. While he joined school, his uncle chose March 9 as his official birthday, but when he moved to Mumbai he changed his birthday to 18th October.

He comes from such a financially weak background, that at the age of six, he was working at Dhabas. Who would have known that this kid would go on to become an immortal star in the field of cinema.

Not many know, but Om Puri was very close to Naseeruddin Shah. The two of them were classmates at the National School of Drama and they worked in some iconic films such as Aakrosh, Droh Kaal, Sparsh and many more.

Not just in Bollywood, Om Puri is a very renowned name in regional cinema as well. Add to that the fact that he was also part of many British films such as My Son The Fanatic, East Is East and The Parole Officer, makes us respect the man even more.

Personally, Om Puri was an introvert. While in his NSD days, he did not have much confidence and even talking to girls was difficult for him. Later, he worked on this aspect of himself.

On January 6 2018, aged 66, the actor left this world, but his contribution to Indian cinema will never be forgotten.

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