MUMBAI: A biopic on late Indian actor Om Puri is in the works, says his estranged wife Nandita Puri.
Nandita, who penned the critically acclaimed actor’s biography titled Unlikely Hero: The Story of Om Puri, told an India news agency.
“I am adapting the book. I am making a biopic on Omji. I am taking part of the book and I am putting it as he wanted, as an inspirational story.”
She said she is yet to cast an actor who can essay Om Puri as “it is difficult to do so”.
“We are just at the developing stage of the screenplay. The script is the most important thing for a film,” said Nandita, a journalist herself.
Om Puri’s biography was released in 2009, and the actor was upset with his wife for highlighting some of his most private sexual incidents. Things started becoming sour between them from thereon.
The biopic, Nandita says, will have “a few parts from the book and will mostly be throwing light on his struggle, the way Omji wanted”.
“As a journalist, I had gone to interview him. He said, Why don’t you put my life story. He came from a very humble background. He worked at a tea stall at the age of six to put food for the family on the table.
Om Puri, whose repertoire as an actor reflected a rare realism, died in January after a heart attack.
His death had triggered nationwide outpouring of condolences from top leaders, fans and the film fraternity. He was 66.
Known for his deep baritone and distinctive acting style, Om Puri had an affinity towards socially relevant cinema. This drove him into doing movies like Aakrosh and Ardh Satya which proved to be box office hits.
A National School of Drama alumnus, Om Puri also featured in movies like Dharavi and Mirch Masala and explored the comedy genre with Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Chachi 420, Hera Pheri, Malamaal Weekly and more.
Om Puri also nurtured an international career, which started with a cameo in Richard Attenborough’s iconic Gandhi.
Among some of his British films were My Son the Fanatic, East Is East and The Parole Officer.
He also appeared in Hollywood films including City of Joy, Wolf and The Ghost and the Darkness. – Samaa