November 23, 2002 
 Home > Movies > Features   Feedback 
  • Box Office
• Columns
• Features
• Interviews
• List
• Memories
• Reviews
• Short Takes
• Slide Shows
• Southern Spice
• Specials
• Search Rediff

  Fabulous Offers!

  CDs @ Rs. 90/-

  Laurel & Hardy
  - VCDs
  Rs. 125/- only..

  Tom & Jerry
 - VCDs: Rs. 125/-

 Secrets every
 mother should

 Your Lipstick

 Jeeyo, magar
 SHAAN se!

 Search the Internet
 Sites: Actresses, Actors
E-Mail this feature to a friend
Print this page Best Printed on  HP Laserjets

Om Puri
'It's becoming harder to select Hindi films'
Om Puri is looking forward to tackling King Lear in a British film

Subhash K Jha

It's a dream role for any actor. William Shakespeare's tragic hero King Lear is now being adapted for a British production featuring our own exemplary actor Om Puri..

Confirming the news on one of his visits home after another international project, Puri said, "It is a modern adaptation of King Lear. I play a business tycoon with three daughters. Parminder Nagra, the lead actress from Bend It Like Beckham is both my wife and my youngest daughter. Anupam Kher also stars in this film. They have been asking me to do it for two years, now it is time for me to get a grip on Lear. The film is going to be directed by John Sen, a Bengali settled in Great Britain. It is written by Neil Biswas. Neither director or writer has ever come to India."

Puri has just finished shooting two other films in Britain. "I recently concluded a series for BBC2 called Murder which starred Julie Walters. I didn't have a big role in it. But the director Bibon Kidron was so intense, she reminded me of Govind Nihalani. I have just completed the shooting for film for Channel 4 called White Teeth. It is based on a popular novel and was converted into a four-part miniseries of one hour each.

"It is the story of two friends, an Indian and Britisher together in the army during colonial rule in India and how they meet up in England after 30 years. The film is a collage of cultural conflicts. The director was a very bright gentle young man named Julian Gillard. It was a wonderful experience. We shot the film in seven weeks. After it was telecast every second person on the streets of London came forward to talk to me."
    Om Puri on Rediff
Om Puri goes commercial
Om Puri's fav actresses
Pritish Nandy meets Puri
'We don't have courage'
    Recent Stories
Saurabh Shukla debuts
The RACE awards
Kareena's feeling fine
A chat with Madhuri Dixit
Night out with stars in NY
RamGopal Varma's plans
No water, no film
Shamita steals a song
Samir Karnik debuts
    Don't Miss!
Akshay: Star of the week
Amitabh, 60: A special
Salman Controversy
    Recent Reviews
Kehta Hai Dil Baar Baar
Harry Potter And The
    Chamber Of Secrets
Crimes Of Father Amaro
Music review: Saathiya
Jeena Sirf Mere Liye
Waah! Tera Kya Kehna

Back home in Bollywood, Puri seems to miss challenging opportunities as an actor. He is happy about his next release, director Anubhav Sinha's Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai, a comedy based on the Hollywood film Meet The Parents, where Puri plays the the central role of a possessive father who cannot bear to see his daughter getting involved with a man.

A still from East is East Puri is excited about a film with his old friend, director Govind Nihalani, who cast him in his first two major roles in Aakrosh and Ardha Satya. "Govind Nihalani is planning a film on the police force with Bachchan Saab(Amitabh Bachchan) and me. Govind is working on the script. He starts shooting in February."

Puri admits that he might be made to perform a supporting role vis-a-vis Bachchan. "But I don't mind. My attitude to roles is, 'You give me anything, and I'll try to do my best with it'."

Expressing regret about his role in David Dhawan’s latest flick Chor Machaaye Shor, Puri vows to stay away from crass Hindi films. "Indian projects are becoming harder and harder to select. It is because of the kind of films being made. Every second film is a young love story. What kind of role do I play in such films except the stereotypical father? Even if a few love stories depicting mature man-woman relationships were made, I would have had a chance of expressing myself as an actor in India.

"I must admit the British projects are paying well compared with what I get for Hindi commercial films. I can no longer use scarcity of funds as an excuse to do vulgar films in Hindi. I don't need to do films like Chor Machaaye Shor. I want the media to pull me up when I slip up. Right now I am looking forward to doing my Lear act in London. When I return, I go to Kolkata to do Sandip Ray's next Bengali film in the Inspector Feluda series, in which I play a villain."


Astrology | Auctions | Auto | Contests | E-cards | Food | Health | Home & Decor | Jobs | Lifestyle | Matrimonial
Money | Movies | Net Guide | Product Watch | Romance | Tech.Edu | Technology | Teenstation | Travel | Women
News | Cricket | Sports | NewsLinks
Shopping | Books | Music
Personal Homepages | Free Email | Free Messenger | Chat
(c) 2002 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.