9 times Om Puri stood up for Pakistan

Published: January 6, 2017
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The veteran actor died of cardiac arrest on Friday. PHOTO SOURCE: INDEPENDENT.CO

The veteran actor died of cardiac arrest on Friday. PHOTO SOURCE: INDEPENDENT.CO

Legendary Bollywood actor Om Puri’s untimely death was a shock not only for the Indian film industry, but also for his fans across the border.

The 66-year-old actor was known for his stellar performances in Bollywood, Lollywood and Hollywood. But, Puri was more than just an actor. He was also a strong proponent of Indo-Pak ties, making a strong case on numerous occasions for Pakistan’s film industry and its artistes.

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Here are nine times Puri went out of his way to praise Pakistan and its film industry:

When Puri praised Lollywood

The versatile actor, who made his debut in Nabeel Qureshi’s Actor in Law in September 2016, held a media conference in Lahore to express his views about the kind of films made in Pakistan.

“While working here, I noticed that Lollywood has some of the best actors, directors and technicians. This has been an excellent experience and I would love to do more local films, even if my role in them is short.”

When Puri advocated the release of Pakistani movies in India

The actor, during his sixth visit to Pakistan, spoke up against the ban on Pakistani films in India. “Pakistani films should also be released in India,” IANS reported Puri as saying.

Lahore would be film capital if it weren’t for partition

The veteran Indian actor said Lahore could have been a hub of film industry if Pakistan and India were not separated.

“Great Indian actors came to Lahore to act, and legends like Pirthvi Raj Kapoor also benefited from the ancient city’s film industry,” Puri said, while speaking at a ceremony on his visit to Pakistan.

When he praised Lahoris for their warm welcome

“Whenever I come to Lahore, people give me respect and beautiful memories,” he said.

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Puri, who played the lawyer father of the protagonist in ‘Actor in Law’ — a movie which explored social issues such as corruption and gender discrimination — said, unlike Bollywood, filmmakers for the Pakistani film industry work with much smaller budgets and are still trying to make a bigger impact in the international arena.

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During the promotions of Actor in Law, Puri, did not hesitate to state how impressed he was by Fahad Mustafa. “Fahad is the diamond of Pakistan and could compete with any Bollywood actor in terms of talent.”

When Puri became the messenger of peace for India and Pakistan

Om Puri, during his visit to Pakistan claimed that majority of the people in both India and Pakistan want peace between the neighbouring countries. “I’d say about 95% of them want peace. Only 5% want trouble. I hope, someday, we can get over our differences and release Pakistani films in India too. We’ve got a huge market for Lollywood there.” he said.

When Puri expressed hope in Pakistani film industry

“In recent years, Lollywood has delivered films like Bol and Khuda Kay Liye which show that it is growing as an industry.” The future of Pakistan’s film industry is “very bright” he noted.

When he condemned terror activities in Pakistan

“I oppose terrorism activities in Pakistan and also condemn last year’s attack on Army Public School in Peshawar,”

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In October last year, a police complaint was filed against the veteran actor for his comments that were found to be insulting to Indian soldiers by a section of the film industry. Complainant Prithvi Maske said, “Referring to the Indian Army and soldiers, he [Om Puri] said that we had not given the invitation to the soldiers of the Indian Army. They joined the army at their will.” During a debate on a TV channel, Puri had said: “Did we force them to join the army? My father was also in the army… We are proud of them (soldiers)… I am asking you: Do you want India and Pakistan to become Israel and Palestine?

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Reader Comments (8)

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jan 6, 2017 - 6:24PM

    9-times-om-puri-stood-pakistan, but it was always India for OM!!!!Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 6, 2017 - 6:37PM

    Gandhi supported Indian Muslims till his death.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Jan 7, 2017 - 8:49AM

    According to Aamir Liaqat Om Puri was murdered by 2 RAW agents cuz of his stance on Pakistan. I am beginning to believe it.Recommend

  • mohinder
    Jan 7, 2017 - 9:37AM

    Om puri stood for pakistan,rightly or wrongly it was his belief and on indian channels he expressed it.How many pakistanis are there to do the same on pakistani channels. All these pakistani actors who come yo india to work,hardly any of them opened their mouth even after returning to pakistan.Now compare which society is more liberal.Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Jan 7, 2017 - 10:29AM

    RIP sir.Recommend

  • khadua
    Jan 7, 2017 - 7:39PM

    Well he spoke all these in Pakistan well I don’t think anyone have this much courage to speak against the people while standing and working between themRecommend

  • sabir zaman
    Jan 8, 2017 - 11:06AM

    It was indeed a shocking one to lernt abt his untimely death.it was unbearable indeed the only man who just serve for humanity.Recommend

  • Bhaijaan
    Jan 8, 2017 - 6:43PM

    And still he was not awarded “Nishan-e-Imtiaz”. In spite of his services to Pakistan, he was given a miss compared to one Yusuf Khan, also of Bollywood, the only difference being the latter is a Muslim. Oh!, where are you, the Great Qauid!Recommend

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