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