Om Puri released on bail

Published: September 2, 2013
Puri allowed to fly to Britain for the shooting of his latest film. PHOTO: FILE

Puri allowed to fly to Britain for the shooting of his latest film. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Actor Om Puri, who was accused by his wife Nandita of domestic violence, breathed a sigh of relief when he was finally granted bail. In addition to bail granted Saturday morning, he has been allowed to leave the country on professional assignment.

The beleaguered actor was expected to leave for Britain late Saturday night for the shooting of his new international film The Hundred-Foot Journey, also starring distinguished British actress Helen Mirren. This brings to an end a week-long drama and trauma in Om Puri’s life, which began with his aggrieved wife Nandita accused him of domestic violence.

Nandita was insistent that Om not be allowed to leave the country for his shooting.”Luckily for me the legal system in our country is rational. Yes, I am able to leave for my shooting albeit one day late. Yesterday, on Friday, when I expected bail, the honourable judge was preoccupied with some other case, so he could look into my case only a day later,” said Om Puri.

He has to provide a surety bond of Rs15,000 before he leaves for Britain.” “I also have to get myself an international driving license, since I am shown driving in the film that I am currently shooting. So, there’s a lot to do before I leave. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to getting away from the nightmare of my life in India. I promise you I am going to do well in The Hundred-Foot Journey,” he added.

The actor was arrested on Saturday for allegedly assaulting his wife, who claimed he had assaulted her with a wooden stick on August 22 at their suburban residence after they both had an argument.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Tareen
    Sep 3, 2013 - 2:04AM

    If the charges are correct, shame on him!


  • M
    Sep 3, 2013 - 10:59AM

    If the charge is correct, kudos to the Indian justice system!


  • DilliNiwasi
    Sep 4, 2013 - 8:44AM

    So she insisted that he not be allowed to leave India !
    She is using the law and arm twisting poor Om. Om needs to think through what he is getting out of the relationship; she may get him arrested again. Why does he not live in a separate apt and begin separation proceedings? then find a live-in partner to start with.

    What is happening is nonsense and she is going to make a mockery of his career.
    Is she helping him achieve any of his objectives? If there are children involved, they can be managed/parented from outside the relationship.


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