Mr. Om Puri, the doyen of Hindi Cinema, who passed away at the age of 66 after a massive heart attack, earlier this year in January, was paid a homage by this year’s Academy Awards, held at Los Angeles.
An actor, whose silence and expressions spoke volumes of his brilliance and tenacity as a performer, Mr. Puri was one of those rare legends who created a perfect blend of parallel and mainstream cinema.
His extraordinary repertoire comprised of some timeless gems like Ardh Satya (1983), Mirch Masala (1985), Aakrosh (1980) and Arohan (1982). In a complete diametrically opposite landscape, where the hardcore commercial potboilers are made, he effortlessly owned that space as well. Easily of the biggest strengths of such blockbusters like Gupt (1997), Singh is Kinng (2008), Ghayal (1990) and Malamaal Weekly (2006), it won’t be incorrect to say the actor was as fluid and flexible as water, immediately taking the shape of the container he’s poured it.
One of the most gigantic alumnus of the National School of Drama, the actor was always known for captivating and enthralling his co-actors and audiences with his moving and inimitable acting prowess.
Foraying into the world of cinema with the 1972 Marathi film, Ghashiram Kotwal, it was a roller-coaster journey that can never be replicated in our lifetimes.
Today, when he has departed into the world of skies, we can only quote Tom Hiddleston
” Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other’s, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility”.