Rarely does he like to break his silence in front of the paparazzi, and when it comes to his personal life, veteran actor Om Puri, 60, doesn’t like talking about it at all.
“Don’t ask me about my personal life. I wouldn’t like to talk about it,” says the actor, who is bagging praises for his latest British flick, West Is West — a sequel to the critically acclaimed East Is East (1999). However, one can’t fail to admit the similarity between his life and that of his movie character George Khan, as both of them go back to their first wives, but Puri doesn’t agree.
“Neither am I illiterate nor I stay in England, so where’s the similarity, eh?” he says. Ask him why it took more than a decade for the sequel to hit the screen, and he says, “When East Is East became a success, they decided they should cash on a sequel. When the script was ready, they didn’t have the resources.” “They should make the third part soon,” he adds.
Upset with the current scene in Bollywood, Puri is now going to roll out his own company. “People today use cinema only as entertainment, which is sad,” he says before adding, “I’m going to start my company where we will make documentaries, serials and may be a feature film on social issues.” And the subjects? “Wildlife attracts me and I’ll find a dramatic story for it to begin with.”
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