From being a great actor of Bollywood to the most controversial ones, Om Puri’s life story is very interesting to know. Om Puri was born in Ambala in a Punjabi Hindu Khatri family. His father, Rajesh Puri, worked in the railways. As he had no birth certificate or records, his family was unsure of his date and year of birth. His mother told him that he was born two days after the Hindu festival Dussehra. As an adult when he moved to Mumbai, Puri looked up when Dussehra was celebrated in 1950, to establish his date of birth as 18 October.
Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah were each other’s classmate in the National School Of Drama. They later became a close ally to each other.
Om Puri’s first marriage was with Anu Kapoor’s sister, Seema Kapoor. However, this marriage could not last long for even one year. Later, in 1993, Om Puri married with Nandita who was a journalist by profession. Nandita wrote a book (‘Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri’) in which she revealed that Om Puri’s first love was his 55 years old maid. She then revealed that Om and his Maid also had sexual intercourse with each other and Om was just 14 at that time. This of course made the actor quite upset for obvious reasons.
Nandita had also lodged a domestic violence complaint against Om Puri. This feud resulted to the extent of divorce also but this did not happen. Both lived as a married couple without interfering in each other’s life.
Was not good at English, still worked in Hollywood movies
Om Puri could not speak proper English, but by noticing his acting skills he was offered to work in Hollywood movies. Om worked hard to learn and speak correct, fluent English and fulfilled this task. Later on, he played important roles in English movies like Gandhi, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and City Of Joy.
On 6 January 2017, Puri died at the age of 66, after having a heart attack at his residence in Andheri, Mumbai. He was honored at the 89th Academy Awards in memoriam segment for his contribution in Indian and world cinema.