Om Puri

Om Puri

Om Puri born on October 18, 1950 is a highly regarded and renowned Indian actor. In the course of time, he is fast emerging as India’s first truly International star and the world seems to have woken up to Puri’s versatility.

He was born at Ambala, Haryana. For Om Puri (or Guddu, his childhood name) career in theatre began early in school at Sinnaur, near Patiala. His maiden venture was Zaildar by Kapoor Singh Ghuman. In college he did several plays. It was during that period that he met Harpal and Neena Tiwana at a prize distribution function. Later, he joined their theatrical group, Punjab Kala Manch, and worked with them for three years.

From Punjab Kala Manch he went to the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, and thereafter to the Film Institute in Pune from where he graduated in 1976. For a year and a half, he taught at a studio. Then he floated his own theatre group, Majmah.

Puri was highly acclaimed for his ground-breaking performances’as a victimized tribal in Aakrosh in 1981, which won him recognition as an actor (with no dialogue), as a police Inspector in Ardh Satya in 1983, which established his reputation firmly, and as a leader of a cell of Punjabi terrorists in Maachis where he revolts against life-long social, cultural and political persecution. He has worked with great Indian directors like Shyam Benegal, Gulzar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Govind Nihalani. He also had a shockingly emotional cameo in the International blockbuster and acclaimed Gandhi film by Richard Attenborough in 1982.

He has worked in hundreds of Indian films and films produced in the United Kingdom and the United States. Om Puri heads West after success of East is East. Even as applause for his role as a boorish British Pakistani in ‘East is East’ pours in from across the globe. He is already halfway through two prestigious International projects-Roger Mitchell’s Parole officers and a Czech film, The Zoo Keeper.

He had to fight his way out of some of the most bitter and adverse circumstances in his quest for success. But he never compromised with art. He worked in many art movies with Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi and many others. He always stressed on the promotion of art in filmdom. Due to his regional sentiments, he worked in three Punjabi movies Pardesi, Long Da Lashkara and Baaghi.

In the 1990’s, Puri diversified to play different roles in mainstream Hindi cinema, where his roles are more tuned to mass audiences than film critics. Om Puri as an actor has often been the recipient of the prestigious National Award, and the popular Filmfare Awards.

In 2005, he was awarded an honorary OBE (Order of British Empire). Today, he is continuing his future as an actor and doing various roles and his latest comings are Deewane Huye Pagal, Rang De Basanti and Kyunki. From the silent, persecuted tribal in Govind Nihalani’s Aakrosh to the jailbird in Parole Officer for which, he has struggled a lot to achieve this success

 

Film Done By Om Puri

  • 1975 Kalla Kalla Bachitko
  • 1975 Chor Chor Chhupja
  • 1976 Ghashiram Kotwall Ghashiram Marathi film based on play Ghashiram Kotwal
  • 1977 Smothered Voices
  • 1977 Bhumika
  • 1977 Godhuli
  • 1977 Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane Kannada film
  • 1978 Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan Rajesh
  • 1978 Bhookh Colonel
  • 1979 Shaayad Nandlal
  • 1979 Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin
  • 1980 Sparsh Dubey
  • 1980 Chann Pardesi Tulsi Punjabi film
  • 1980 Bhavni Bhavai Maanav Bhagat
  • 1980 Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai Madhu (mechanic)
  • 1980 Aakrosh Lahanya Bhiku Won Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
  • 1981 Hari Hondal Bargadar : Share Cropper
  • 1981 Kalyug Bhavani Pandey
  • 1981 Shodh Surendra
  • 1982 Gandhi Nahari
  • 1982 Disco Dancer David Brown
  • 1982 Waqt-Waqt Ki Baat
  • 1982 Raaste Pyar Ke Suldev
  • 1982 Vijeta Arvind
  • 1982 Naseeb Ni Balihari Gujarati film
  • 1983 Gumnaam Hai Koi
  • 1983 Chokh Jadunath
  • 1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Ahuja
  • 1983 Arohan Hari Mondal Won, National Film Award for Best Actor
  • 1983 Ardh Satya Anant Velankar Won, National Film Award for Best Actor Won, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Actor
  • 1983 Mandi Ram Gopal
  • 1983 Bekaraar
  • 1983 Ashray
  • 1984 Party Avinash
  • 1984 Maati Maangey Khoon Durjan Singh
  • 1984 Duniya Vasudev
  • 1984 Shrant
  • 1984 Raavan Samant (Staiton Master)
  • 1984 Paar Ram Naresh
  • 1984 Ram Ki Ganga Laalu / Lal Dandhwani
  • 1984 Tarang Namdev
  • 1984 Sheeshay Ka Ghar
  • 1984 Giddh Bhashya
  • 1985 Paththar Resham Singh
  • 1985 Zamana Shyamlal
  • 1985 Bahu Ki Awaaz Advocate Jaswant Srivastav
  • 1985 Holi Principal Pandey
  • 1985 Nasoor Dr Sunil
  • 1985 Sanjhi Bhikhu
  • 1985 Aghaat Trade Unionist
  • 1985 Debshishu Poor Labourer
  • 1986 Antaheen
  • 1986 Genesis The weaver
  • 1986 New Delhi Times Ajay Singh
  • 1986 Long Da Lishkara Dittu Punjabi film
  • 1987 Debshishu
  • 1987 Mirch Masala Abu Mian
  • 1987 Goraa
  • 1987 Susman Ramulu
  • 1987 Marte Dam Tak Daulat / D.K.
  • 1988 Achanak
  • 1988 Hum Farishte Nahin Gopi / Tala Master / Murlidhar
  • 1988 Ek Hi Maqsad Dr. Ram Kumar Verma
  • 1988 Puravrutham Raman Malayalam film
  • 1989 Shagun
  • 1989 Sava Ser Gehu
  • 1989 Darshana
  • 1989 Ilaaka Bheema (Raja’s Foster Father)
  • 1990 Sankranti
  • 1990 Kayedi
  • 1990 Halaat
  • 1990 Ghayal ACP Joe D’Souza Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1990 Disha Parshuram ‘Pagal Parsa’ Sarpat
  • 1991 Irada Shanker
  • 1991 Sam & Me Chetan Parikh
  • 1991 Narsimha Suraj Narayan Singh ‘Baapji’
  • 1991 Meena Bazar
  • 1991 Antarnaad
  • 1992 Karm Yodha Sub-Inspector Patwardhan
  • 1992 Raat Sharji Hindi film
  • 1992 Current Velu
  • 1992 City of Joy Hazari Pal English film
  • 1992 Ankuram Parvez Hussain Telugu film
  • 1992 Dharavi Rajkaran
  • 1993 Aakanksha
  • 1993 Maya Memsaab
  • 1993 The Burning Season Rajiv Sharma
  • 1993 Patang Mathura
  • 1994 Ankuram Satyam
  • 1994 In Custody Deven
  • 1994 Wolf Dr. Vijay Alezias English film
  • 1994 Drohkaal DCP Abhay Singh
  • 1994 Purush
  • 1994 Triyacharitra Billar
  • 1995 Ek Ka Jawab Do
  • 1995 Beparoa
  • 1995 Zakhmi Sipahi Om Chaudhary
  • 1995 Aatank Hi Aatank Sharad Joshi
  • 1995 Brothers in Trouble Hussein Shah
  • 1995 Target Rambharosa
  • 1995 Tarpan Jassu
  • 1995 Kartavya Ghulam Rasul
  • 1996 PremGranth Baliram
  • 1996 Krishna Minister Amar Prabhakar
  • 1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Abdullah English film
  • 1996 Maachis Sanatan Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1996 Ghatak: Lethal Sachdev
  • 1996 Ram Aur Shyam D.I.G. Suryapratap Thakur
  • 1996 Talaashi Inspector Puri
  • 1997 Zameer: The Awakening of a Soul Jaichand Marwah
  • 1997 Gupt: The Hidden Truth Inspector Udham Singh Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1997 My Son the Fanatic Parvez English film
  • 1997 Bhai Advocate Satyaprakash
  • 1997 Chachi 420 Banwari lal-Secy
  • 1997 Mrityudand Rambaran Mahto
  • 1997 Nirnayak Inspector Nanak
  • 1997 Chupp Keshav Narang
  • 1997 Aastha Amar
  • 1998 Vinashak – Destroyer Inspector Khan
  • 1998 Zor: Never Underestimate the Force Shah Alam
  • 1998 Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha Inspector Khan Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1998 Such a Long Journey Ghulam Mohamed English film
  • 1998 China Gate Col. Krishnakant Puri Hindi film
  • 1999 East Is East George Khan English film
  • Nominated, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • 1999 A.K.47 Commissioner Yashwant Sinha Kannada film
  • 1999 Khoobsurat Dilip Chaudhary
  • 1999 Mon petit diable
  • 2000 Dulhan hum le jayenge Bhola Nath
  • 2000 Pukar Colonel Hussein
  • 2000 Hey Ram Subhash Goel
  • 2000 Hera Pheri Khadak Singh
  • 2000 Kunwara Balraj Singh
  • 2000 Kurukshetra Baburao Deshmukh
  • 2000 Ghaath Ajay Pandey
  • 2000 Zindagi Zindabad
  • 2000 Bas Yaari Rakho Tom
  • 2001 Farz ACP Arjun Singh
  • 2001 Zahreela Arun Dev
  • 2001 Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Narrator
  • 2001 The Parole Officer George English film
  • 2001 Happy Now’ Tin Man
  • 2001 The Zookeeper the Vet English film
  • 2001 The Mystic Masseur Ramlogan English film
  • 2001 Indian Joginder Singh
  • 2001 Deewaanapan Prakash Saxena – Suraj’s dad
  • 2001 Bollywood Calling Subramaniam
  • 2001 Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
  • 2002 Pitaah Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh
  • 2002 Maa Tujhhe Salaam Voice
  • 2002 Kranti Col. Krishnakanth
  • 2002 Ansh: The Deadly Part Bhagat Pandey
  • 2002 Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Dr. S. Puri
  • 2002 Awara Paagal Deewana Ballu Bolbachan
  • 2002 Shararat DCP Bhosle
  • 2002 Chor Machaye Shor DCP Pandey
  • 2002 Guru Mahaaguru Crocodile
  • 2002 Ghaav: The Wound Inspector Gautam
  • 2002 Dhruva Kannada film
  • 2003 Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai Sam
  • 2003 Kash Aap Hamare Hote Yashwant Raj Mankotia
  • 2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook Narrator Uncredited
  • 2003 Code 46 Bahkland English film
  • 2003 Miss India: The Mystery Inspector Yograj
  • 2003 Maqbool Inspector Pandit
  • 2003 Chupke Se Qasim Khan Qayamat
  • 2003 Kagaar: Life on the Edge Sub-Inspector Gokhale
  • 2003 Dhoop Father Of Dead Military Man
  • 2003 Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaata Om Prakash Khurana
  • 2004 Yuva Prosonjit Bhatacharya
  • 2004 Aan: Men at Work Police Commissioner Khurana
  • 2004 Dev Special Commissioner Tejinder Khosla
  • 2004 Lakshya Subedar Maj. Pritam Singh
  • 2004 Kyun! Ho Gaya Na… Mr. Khanna
  • 2004 King of Bollywood Karan Kumar
  • 2004 A. K. 47 Commissioner Yashwant Sinha
  • 2004 Stop! Anand Mehra
  • 2005 Zinda Dil
  • 2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet Jumman Miya
  • 2005 Mumbai Xpress ACP S.P. Rao
  • 2005 Mangal Pandey: The Rising Narrator
  • 2005 Amar Joshi Shahid Ho Gaya Writer
  • 2005 Kyon Ki Dr.Khurana
  • 2005 Deewane Huye Paagal Mehboob / Scientist Khurana
  • 2005 The Hangman Shiva Sathe
  • 2006 Rang De Basanti Amanullah Khan
  • 2006 Baghi Haakam Singh
  • 2006 Malamaal Weekly Balwant ‘Balu’
  • 2006 Chup Chup Ke Prabhat Singh Chauhan
  • 2006 Baabul Balwant Kapoor
  • 2006 Don: The Chase Begins Again CBI Officer Vishal Malik
  • 2007 Khallas: The Beginning of End A.C.P. Akhlaq Khan
  • 2007 Delhii Heights Timmy Kohli
  • 2007 Panga Naa Lo Kartar Singh
  • 2007 Fool & Final Father of Rahul / Raja
  • 2007 Buddha Mar Gaya Vidyut Baba / Vidya
  • 2007 Victoria No. 203 Rana
  • 2007 Dhol Tripathi
  • 2007 Dum Kaata Ranade / Aabu
  • 2007 Charlie Wilson’s War Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq English film
  • 2007 Shoot on Sight Junaid
  • 2007 Welcome Narrator
  • 2007 Dhol Inspector Om
  • 2008 Yaariyan Jagpal Bir ‘J.B.’ Singh
  • 2008 Lovesongs: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Aftab Jaffrey
  • 2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Madhav Mathur
  • 2008 Kismat Konnection Sanjeev Gill
  • 2008 Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Narrator
  • 2008 Singh Is Kinng Rangeela
  • 2008 Mukhbiir SP Intelligence — Rathod
  • 2008 Maharathi ACP Gokhale
  • 2009 Chal Chala Chal Omkar Nath
  • 2009 Billu Sahukaar Daamchand
  • 2009 Delhi-6 Madan Gopal Sharma
  • 2009 Baabarr Daroga Chaturvedi
  • 2009 London Dreams Arjun’s uncle
  • 2009 Life Goes On Alok
  • 2009 Kurbaan Bhaijaan
  • 2009 Bolo Raam Inspector Indrajeet Singh Rathi
  • 2010 Road to Sangam Mohammad Ali Kasuri
  • 2010 Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke Sankata Prasad Tripathi
  • 2010 Kushti Jiten Singh
  • 2010 Dabangg Police Inspector
  • 2010 West Is West George Khan English film
  • 2010 Action Replayy Rai Bhahadur
  • 2011 Teen Thay Bhai Chixie Gill
  • 2011 Kucch Luv Jaisaa Madhu’s Father
  • 2011 Love Express Khadak Singh Bakshi
  • 2011 Bin Bulaye Baraati Sub Inspector Pralay Pratap Singh
  • 2011 Khap Sarpanch
  • 2011 Don 2: The King is Back CBI Officer Vishal Malik
  • 2011 Society Kaam Se Gayi
  • 2012 Agneepath Additional Commissioner Gaitonde
  • 2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Chaudhary
  • 2012 Chaar Din Ki Chandni Fatoor Singh
  • 2012 Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai Baig Saab – Writer
  • 2012 Krishna Aur Kans Kans Voice
  • 2012 Son of Flower Munshi Pyare Lal Suman
  • 2012 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Abu
  • 2012 Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal David
  • 2012 OMG: Oh My God! Hanif Qureshi (Hanif Bhai)
  • 2012 Chakravyuh Govind Suryavanshi
  • 2013 Policegiri Commissioner
  • 2013 Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De Jora Vailly Punjabi film
  • 2013 Bhaji in Problem Punjabi film
  • 2013 The Lovers Uncredited
  • 2014 Heartless Dr. Sanjay Trehan
  • 2014 Bazaar E Husn Kishan Chand
  • 2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Papa Kadam English
  • 2014 Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De Daleep Singh Dhillon
  • 2014 Little Terrors Abdul-Wadood Kamil
  • 2014 Chaar Sahibzaade Narrator Punjabi film Voice
  • 2015 Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan Dr. Rajendra Prasad Hindi
  • 2015 Dirty Politics Laddu Babu aka Sai Kumar Konakandla Hindi
  • 2015 Leather Life
  • 2015 Jai Ho Democracy Pandeyji
  • 2015 Uvaa Hukum Pratap Choudhary Hindi
  • 2015 Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Matang Singh Hindi
  • 2015 Bajrangi Bhaijaan Moulana Sahab Hindi
  • 2015 Welcome Back Narrator Voice
  • 2015 Buniyaad Bapuji
  • 2015 Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi Mirza Kishan Singh Joseph
  • 2015 Trafficker Supreme Court Judge
  • 2016 Ghayal Once Again ACP Joe D’Souza Hindi
  • 2016 A Million Rivers Shiv English
  • 2016 Aadupuliyattam Muni Malayalam, dubbed in Tamil as Shenbaga Kottai and Telugu as Mathangi and Hindi as Mera Badla Nominated, IIFA Utsavam for Performance In A Supporting Role – Male
  • 2016 Project Marathwada Tukaram
  • 2016 Warrior Savitri Yamraj
  • 2016 Actor In Law Rafaqat Mirza Pakistani film
  • 2016 A Death in the Gunj O.P Bakshi
  • 2016 Mirzya Munna (Lauhar)
  • 2016 Gandhigiri Rai Saheb
  • 2016 Yeh Hai Lollipop Masoom
  • 2016 Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur Narrator
  • 2016 Chapekar Brothers Bal Gangadhar Tilak Hindi
  • 2016 The Jungle Book Bagheera Hindi dub Voice
  • 2017 Viceroy’s House Ali Rahim Noor Posthumous release English
  • 2017 The Ghazi Attack Admiral V.S. Nanda Posthumous release
  • 2017 Tiger Posthumous release
  • 2017 Tubelight Banne Chacha Posthumous release
  • 2017 Mr. Kabaadi Channulal Surmewala Posthumous release
  • 2018 Lashtam Pashtam Saleem Posthumous release
  • 2018 Load Wedding Raja’s Father Posthumous release
  • 2019 The Gandhi Murder T.G., Director General of Police Posthumous release
  • 2020 Gul Makai General Kayani Posthumous release

 

Television  Done By Om Puri

  • 1981 Sadgati Dukhi Television film
  • 1984 The Jewel in the Crown Mr De Souza British series
  • 1985 Khandaan
  • 1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Various characters
  • 1988 Tamas Nathu Television film
  • 1988–1989 Mr. Yogi Narrator
  • 1988 Kakaji Kahin Kakaji
  • 1993–1994 Kirdaar Various characters
  • 1994 Woh Chokri Television film
  • 1995 Aahat Season 1 (1995-2001) Episode 100-101 Jagte Raho Randhir magician 1 Episode
  • 1997 Sea Hawks Uncle Sam1999 Antaral Shreevee
  • 2001 CID Joe Santose 2 episodes
  • 2002 White Teeth Samad Miah Iqbal British miniseries
  • 2002–2003 Jasoos Vijay Presenter
  • 2003 Second Generation Sharma Television film
  • 2003 The Canterbury Tales Jetender British series

 

Awards and nominations Received By  Om Puri

  • 1981: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Aakrosh
  • 1981: National Film Award for Best Actor (29th National Film Awards) for Arohan
  • 1983: National Film Award for Best Actor (31st National Film Awards) for Ardh Satya
  • 1984: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Actor for Ardh Satya
  • 1998: Brussels International Film Festival Best Actor for My Son the Fanatic
  • 1990: Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award
  • 1998: Grand Prix Special des Amériques Montréal World Film Festival for exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art
  • 2004: Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to The British Film Industry
  • 2009: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2015: Lifetime Achievement Award International Film Festival of Prayag
  • 2017: International Pakistan Prestige Awards Best Supporting Actor for Actor in Law
  • 1990: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Ghayal
  • 1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Maachis
  • 1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Gupt: The Hidden Truth
  • 1999: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
  • 1999: BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for East Is East
  • 2017: IIFA Utsavam for Performance In A Supporting Role – Male for Aadupuliyattam
  • 2017: 16th Lux Style Awards Best Supporting Actor for Actor in Law