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Biography #2

Om Puri is Indian, not Pakistani, and is one of Bombay's most sought-after and acclaimed stars of the past two burgeoning decades in Indian film. Since beginning his career in 1976, he has gone on to work with every major Indian director and to star in nearly 40 major feature films, many of them considered India's finest of the 8Os and 90s. He has become renowned for his highly principled support of art cinema in India, but has also made an impact in commercial hits worldwide.

Puri recently came to the fore globally in his staffing role in the acclaimed British comedy My Son The Fanatic, directed by Udayan Prasad, in which he also starred as a Pakistani - this time as a non-religious taxi driver whose life is turned upside down when his son becomes an Islamic fundamentalist. He went on to star in Such a Long Journey, Sturla Gunnarsson' s critically acclaimed adaptation of the Rohinton Mistry novel, which opens in the U.S. on March 24th. When EAST IS EAST was released in Britain, Pun was acknowledged not only as one of India's leading actors but as a major British comic force as well.

Puri has also been seen in several notable American films, including The Ghost and the Darkness with Michael Douglas, Mike Nichols' Wolf' with Jack Nicholson and Roland Joffe's epic City of Joy" with Patrick Swayze. He was also seen in both England and the U.S. in the popular television series The Jewel in the Crown.

In India, Puri took the lead role in master filmmaker Satjayit Ray's Sadjati. Other credits include Chachi 420, Gupt, Mrityu Dand, Maachis, Brothers in Trouble, Ghatak, Kartavya, Target, Patang, Dharavi, Narajhana and New Delhi Times.'He just completed The Zookeeper" with Sam Neill, starring in a story of love and forgiveness set against a ravaged zoo in war-tom Eastern Europe.

updated 28-Aug-2002