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British queen honours Om Puri

Last updated on: July 23, 2004 16:41 IST

Om PuriOm Puri has been named an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

The honour was conferred on the veteran actor in recognition of Puri's 'outstanding services to the film industry', a release from the British high commission in New Delhi said.

The investiture ceremony is likely to be held in Mumbai.

The actor's journalist wife Nandita Puri broke this news in her column in Mid-Day. Puri wrote, 'Om is quite a household name in England.' She also added that he is 'perhaps the first Indian actor to be nominated in the Best Actor category for BAFTA [the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards]'.

Puri's memorable films include Ardh Satya, Aakrosh,  Mandi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Chachi 420, My Son The Fanatic, East is East and Maqbool, to name just a few.

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'It's becoming harder to select Hindi films'
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'English films are fine, but East is East for me'
'Commercial cinema has given me all good things in life'

External Link:
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