Death has relieved him of all the stress: Naseeruddin Shah talks about Om Puri


Death has relieved him of all the stress: Naseeruddin Shah talks about Om Puri
Remember when college friends Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri appeared on The Anupam Kher show and narrated their journey? And now, Om is no more to have a conversation over their favourite dishes with Naseer.
Shah was completely shaken when he got to know about his friend’s demise. He wrote in a column of leading daily, “I was numbed on hearing about my dear friend Om Puri’s death. I was shooting away from Mumbai. 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 revealed that Om’s death was sudden but not unexpected. “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 Masoomactor.
He also added, “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!”
Om Puri, you’ll surely be missed by everyone. RIP

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