Om Puri was suffering in his last few years, Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri were the best of buddies. They shared a great professional and personal relationship. Om Puri breathed his last on 6th of Friday morning and his good friend and versatile actor Naseeruddin Shah opens up about his good relationship with Om and how he is feeling unfortunate to miss his funeral. He also revealed about Om Puri suffered in the last few years due to his troubled marriage with second wife Nandita Puri.
Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah were batch-mate at the National School of Drama (NSD). Later, Om joined the acting course at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) where Naseer was his senior. Both Om and Naseer started acting career in the 80s.
Naseeruddin Shah shared how Om Puri discussed with him about his success and failure. "His success in the West and when he spoke to me about working with Tom Hanks or Steven Spielberg, filled me only with happiness. Om was the salt of the earth. There's no other way to describe him. He remained real and rooted all his life. Success or failure didn't change him. There was not a pretentious or pompous bone in his body," Naseer told DNA.
However, Naseeruddin added that Om’s disturbed personal problems "left his mental and physical health in shambles" in his last days. Om had a very disturbed marriage with his second wife, Nandita Puri. He even alleged that Nandita tarnished his image by writing intimate details about him in the book Unlikely Hero: Om Puri. Nandita also filed domestic violence case against her husband, which she later removed.
On a funnier note, Naseer said that Om Puri was a good mimicry. Shah shared a funny incident regarding Om.
"One of Om's specialties was mimicking Amrishji's baritone. He would call me up pretending to be Amrish Puri and speak in Amrish's voice. I'd be completely taken in. He would then say, 'Arrey b**c**d, main hoon'," said Naseeruddin.
Naseeruddin also felt sorry for not being able to attend his friend's funeral."Hell, I am going to miss Om!", he signed off.