Om Puri, OBE is an Indian actor who has appeared in mainstream commercial Indian, British and Hollywood films, Independent films and art films. His credits also include appearances in American films. He has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India. His next forthcoming film is an international production ‘Warrior Savitri’ . We spoke to him at the press meet of the film
What is your role in the film?
The audience will get to see my role of Yamraj in a different avatar. A modern day Lord of death. Also for the first time in my career, I have been kicked on-screen by a lady. But more than that they should watch the film for Niharica Raizaada’s acting who plays the pivotal role of Savitri in the film. She has performed all her action sequences without using a body double.
What is the scenario of the film?
'Waarrior Savitri’ is a one woman army ready to take on the Death God – Yamraj for the love of her love! This Hindi film is a modern day adaption of the very famous fable – Satyavan Savitri.. With Waarrior Savitri, sexy siren Lucy Pinder makes her big Bollywood debut in India. Rajat Barmecha of Udaan fame plays the role of lovable Satya. Om Puri and Gulshan Grover essay pivotal roles. Waarrior Savitri has been filmed in Jodhpur, Mumbai & Las Vegas. Upendra Maheshwari and Bobby Kanda have produced Waarrior Savitri under the banner of Dr Bob’s Production. Param Gill is the writer & director of the film and also has composed music of the film.
What is it about international productions, that you get cast in so many films?
The West liked my role in ‘City of Joy’ and from then I am quite popular in Hollywood and international productions.
You are such a versatile artiste, doing serious and comedy roles excellently What do you enjoy most?
I like to essay all kinds of roles, be it serious drama or comedy roles.
What’s next on the anvil?
I have Gurinder Chadhas ‘Last Viceroy’s House’ coming up along with a few South films and a film called Chaphekar Brothers.