Om Puri is one of the pioneering actors in the parallel cinema in the Hindi film industry, who has achieved a great deal of success on the national as well as international platform. Though he lacked in typical good looks, yet Puri made it to the top with his grit, determination and talent.
Net Worth: $ 20 million
Income Sources: Om Puri has acted in Hindi movies, in addition to being a part of a number of British and American movies.
Born: 18th October, 1950 (64 years old)
Marital Status: Married to Nandita Puri since 1993. The couple has only one child.
Om Puri was born in Ambala in Haryana in a Punjabi Khatri family, with his father working in the Indian Railways and the Army. He was interested in film acting from the beginning only, which is the reason he joined the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune to pursue a course in acting. He later joined the National School of Drama in 1973, where he was in the same batch with Naseeruddin Shah.
Om Puri made his film debut with a Marathi film called “Ghansham Kotwal”, which was released in 1976, based on a play written by Vijay Tendulkar, with the same name. He has acted in a number of art films such as “Sadgati”, “Dharavi”, “Ardh Satya” and “Mirch Masala”. One of his best performances came in the 1980 film called “Aakrosh” which earned him the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, while the 1982 film “Ardh Satya” fetched him the National Film Award for Best Actor. His commercial films include “Maachis”, “Gupt” and “Dhoop”. Till date, he has acted in 250 films in all, including some well known British and American films, with films like “West is West”, ‘The Hundred Foot Journey”, “The Hangman”, “Fool & Final” and “Heartless”. In addition to numerous commercial awards, Om Puri has been acclaimed with the prestigious Padma Shri Award by the Government of India. Besides working in a number of national and international ventures, he has also featured in some popular Hindi television serials like “Kakkaji Kaheen” and “Mr Yogi”, which proved him as a versatile actor in the comedy genre. Another Hindi serial which became a landmark in his television career is “Tamas”, Govind Nihlani presentation which came in 1987. Some other television serials in which he has featured include “Aahat” and “Savdhan India Season 2”. Puri has also acted in some successful Punjabi films like “Jatt Boys” and “Putt Jattan De”.