Naseeruddin Shah on Om Puri's demise: 'Death has relieved him from all stress'

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 08 January 2017, 06:46 PM
Naseeruddin Shah on Om Puri's demise: 'Death has relieved him from all stress'
Naseeruddin Shah on Om Puri's demise: 'Death has relieved him from all stress'

Veteran actor Om Puri's death has left B-town in a state of shock and the entire film industry is mourning the loss.

However, Naseeruddin Shah, who was one of Puri's close friends have stated that death has, in a way, relieved the late actor.

Om Puri died at the age of 66 following a massive heart attack.

Talking about Puri's sudden death, Naseer told a leading daily that he got the unfortunate news and was numbed to hear about the veteran actor's demise.

"Om and I had parallel careers in parallel cinema, so to speak. But I never felt any envy or resentment towards his achievements. He got a lot of roles like East Is East, which I thought would come to me. But I felt nothing but joy for him," Naseer said.

Om and Naseer had worked together in movies like Jaane Bhi Do Yaron, Mirch Masala etc.

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However, Naseeruddin also asserted that Om Puri was also suffering from several personal problems, which was in a way taking a toll on him.

"But his personal problems — in which I did not intervene at all — had left his mental and physical health in a shambles. I know for a fact that Om was really suffering during the last few years. And there was no way out of it. Though his death was sudden, I can’t say it was totally unexpected. In a way, death has relieved him of all the stress, and that includes the bad films he took on, I presume for financial reasons. Om took all the criticism on his chin," wrote the Masoom actor," Shah added.

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He further stated, "Today, I remember Om’s hearty laughter and his generosity of spirit. I am sorry I couldn’t be there for his funeral. I was shooting out of town. But my wife and sons were there. Hell, I am going to miss Om!”

Well, not just Naseeruddin Shah, the entire Bollywood industry is going to miss Om Puri.

First Published: Sunday, January 08, 2017 06:35 PM
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