Published On: Sat, Dec 19th, 2015

At six I was sent to kiosk to serve tea: Om Puri



The Bollywood veteran actor Om Puri stated that Pakistanis has given him so respect and love that he wants to visit every year.

He stated it as “There are two locks on Pakistan and India sides and the keys to these locks are in the hands of Nawaz Sharif and Modi. Unlocking these will afford people on both sides an opportunity to interact with each other,” he told it in a lighter vein. He was remembering his movie trip memories at the International Film Festival at the Alhamra Art Center, The Mall on Friday.

He was recounting his childhood memories and great efforts in childhood time; he told that when he was six-year-old, his father was a railway employee and put into jail for cement theft accusation at the railways store. He said that “We had to vacate the railway quarter and my mother rented out a room. She sent my elder brother to the railway station to work as a coolie and I was sent to a kiosk to serve tea to customers,” he told in a lighter mood, “If I had a tea shop, I would have been the prime minister of India.”

he was explaining about his early days at the National School of Drama, he stated that there we would not just teach how to perform but also built our character. He also explained a teacher who played a central character in “building up my personality”. He further stated that learning music and reading matter in libraries was compulsory at the NSD. He told about his friendship with Naseeruddin Shah who was also at the institute.

He said about his initial movie which was Chor Chor Chhup Ja. In the meantime, he was appointed for a job at Actors Studio, where he was teaching speech and his students were including Anil Kapoor, Gulshan Grover and a lot of other well-known Indian artists.

He revealed that “I was recognized with the film Aakrosh in 1981 for which I got Rs10,000,”



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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.