Mumbai - The death of veteran actor Om Puri shocked the Bollywood as reactions from some of his colleagues started pouring in soon after the news broke out.
Vijay Sawant – renowned make-up artist – said that he was in the company of Omji from last 35 years. The whole world knows how versatile actor Omji was but I experienced a very cordial man in him. He not only helped me personally but also helped those who were not familiar to him. He was really hurt after his recent controversial comment on a TV show and subsequent criticism of him. He had gone to meet the members of the said jawan’s family and helped them by giving a cheque of Rs 10 lakh. He did not let this news out.
Dr Jabbar Patel – noted film maker – The role of Pradip Velankar played by Om Puri in the film ‘Ardhsatya’ was one of the best character in the Indian film industry. The roles he played in last three-four decades were of dedication on his part. His work in movies of Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihlani can be called ideal.
Javed Akhtar – lyricist – Om Puri is one of the prominent actors who sowed the seeds of creative movies. Though he was not my very close friend but whenever we met we used to have a hearty talk. As an actor, his range was very high and as a human being he was simply great. He used to say what he used to think.