Om Puri honoured at the Museum Of The Moving Image

Om Puri has returned from the screening rejuvenated as an actor. At the prestigious Museum Of The Moving Image in New York, Om was honoured with a tribute and a lecture on his oeuvre on August 3.

Says Om Puri, "During the discussion they showed clippings of my films. I felt honoured and well, appreciated. Madhur Jaffrey introduced me at the Museum. It all added up to a feeling of great satisfaction within me."

Om Puri is enjoying the rave reviews he is getting. "The kind of appreciation I have received for The Hundred Foot Journey has resurrected my faith in me as an actor. I haven't been getting too many good offers at home. The Hundred Foot Journey came to me at a time when I had hit rock-bottom in terms of the offers in India and also in my personal life. It was a part of an isolated homeless Indian that I could identify with."

Om Puri has not only made a life-long friend with his co-star Helen Mirren, he has also converted her into a great fan of Indian cuisine.

Says the actor, "When during our press interviews in America, Helen was asked about her favourite food, she said Indian. I played a part in that. I introduced her to Indian food. The film revived my joy in the art of cooking."

Shooting with Helen Mirren was a learning experience for Om. "I don't very often get to work with a co-star who understands cinema and the camera so minutely. Helen's husband Taylor Hackford is a reputed director. She lives in a rarefied atmosphere of cinematic enlightenment at home. I am not privileged with the same kind of domestic atmosphere. Working with Helen was enlightening. That she too likes my work was a bonus."

The reviews abroad have referred to Om Puri as the finest actor from India. Does that put a pressure on him?

"Not at all! I completely agree with their assessment," Om shoots back his tongue not quite in his cheek.

Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more

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