Om had performed in various mainstream Indian Commercial Movies

Om Puri

Om Prakash
Puri was born on the 18th of October 1950 in Ambala of Haryana in
India. He was an Indian Actor who had performed in various mainstream Indian
Commercial Movies and independent short films. He had died due to heart attack
on the 06th of January 2017.

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Early Life of Om Puri

Om Puri was
born in a Punjabi Hindu Family of Ambala. His father had served the Railways
and Indian Army. Once upon a time, his mother told him, he was born after 2
days of the Hindu festival Dussehra.

Primarily,
his uncle had mentioned the 09th of March 1950 as his official
Birthday during the admission to school. Later, when Om puri noticed the date
of Dussehra held in 1950, he postponed his date of birth to the 18th
of October 1950.

His Father was
convicted with charges of theft of cement and was arrested. This had resulted
to become homeless during his six years of age.His brother worked as a Coolie
in the platform. He had worked in Dhaba, brought coals from the railway tracks
to support his family.

While he was
working, he had concentrated to complete his primary education, later he went
to Delhi to join the National School of Drama to learn theatre acting. During his
study he was introduced to one of his fellow NSD Student Mr. Naseeruddin Shah
who turned to be a long term friend of his life. Naseeruddin Shah had
encouraged him to join the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.

Career of Om Puri

Chor Chor
Chup ja , a Movie made for the children was said to be the first movie of Om
Puri. He was also working in these studios to meet up with the needs of his
family.

He worked
hard in the Indian Movies and also started working in the movies produced in
united States and United Kingdom

In 1976, his
first debut was in a Marathi movie Ghashiram Kotwal along with other 16
graduates from FTII. He claimed that he was not paid in cash for the
performance. He participated as the main actor in various art films like Bhavni
Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and
Dharavi (1992) along with the then renowned actors like Amrish Puri,
Naseeruddin shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil.

He was
admired and appraised with glory for his versatile performance as victimized Tribal
in Aakrosh (1980), Jimmy’s Manager in Disco Dancer (1982), Police Officer in
Ardh Satya (1982) , humble husband in Seepeeyan (1984), Vinod’s Uncle in Zamana
(1985),the leader of a cell of Shikh militant in Maachis (1996), a rigid cop in
Gupt (1997) and the brave father of a martyred Armyman in Dhoop (2003).

Achievements

     
1981,
Winner of the Best supporting actor in Filmfare for Aakrosh and the best actor
in 29th National Film Award for Arohan

     
1983,
Winner of the best actor in the 31st National Film award for Ardh
Satya

     
1984,
winner of the best actor in the Karlovy Vary International film Festival for
Ardh Satya.

     
1988,
winner of the Best actor in Brussels International Film Festival for My Son the
Fanatic.

     
1990,
winner of the India’s fourth Civillian award, Padmashri

     
1998,
received recognition for his exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art
by the  Grand Prix Special des Amériques Montréal World Film Festival

     
2004,
received the recognition as Honorary
Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to The British Film Industry

     
2009,
winner of the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award

     
2015,
winner of the lifetime achievement award by the Prayag International Film
Festival.