Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah to be honoured in London

London, June 28 (IANS) Eminent Indian actors Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah will be honoured by a Britain-based film organisation here Sunday.

"These two living legends (Puri and Shah), who attended the same school of acting and started their career almost around the same time, will speak on 'Life and times in Indian cinema' before an invited audience," said Parvaiz Alam, director of India-EU Film Initiative, that will be honouring the icons of Indian cinema at the Nehru Centre here.

"For more than thirty years these two actors have been entertaining the masses in India and abroad. Yet, their style of acting is so different and special that the connoisseurs of cinema describe them as role models for those who want to take up acting seriously," said Jagmohan Mundhra, a noted director, who is also president of the organisation.

Naseeruddin Shah, 56, who studied at the National School of Drama (NSD) and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), started his career with Shyam Benegal's path breaking film "Nishant" in 1975.

He was the recipient of two national awards ("Sparsh" 1980, "Paar" 1984), three Filmfare awards ("Aakrosh" 1980, "Chakra" 1981, "Masoom" 1983) and an award at the Venice Film Festival ("Paar" 1984).

He has also been awarded Padma Bushan, the third highest civilian award by the government of India.

Om Puri, 56, who also studied at the NSD and the FTII, made his debut in "Ghashiram Kotwal", a film based on Vijay Tendulkar's play.

Awarded with an OBE by Britain, Puri has also won several national awards in India. He is better known in the western world for his memorable roles in "My Son the Fanatic" (1997) and "East Is East" (1999).

One of his most notable films was "Ardh Satya" (1982).