In East is East, Om Puri moved to London from Pakistan, abandoning his wife for a British woman. But the veteran actor insists that there is no similarity between him and his reel life character, George Khan.
In West is West, the sequel to the 1999 British comedy-drama, his character returns to his wife after 30 years in a bid to drill traditional values into his British son. He then feels regret at seeing his first wife’s dilapidated condition. Om says, “George feels appalled and awkward and decides to build a home for them.” While he doesn’t return to his first wife, he seeks her help.
In a case of real life imitating art, Om admits to buying a two-acre plot in Jhalawar in Rajasthan, which is his first wife Seema Kapoor’s hometown. Om recently reunited with Seema, whom he had divorced in 1993.
He then married journalist Nandita Puri, who he met on the sets of Roland Joffe’s City of Joy (1992). The two separated after she published a book titled, Unlikely Hero, revealing shocking facts of Om’s sexual life. Though the couple has not yet divorced for the sake of their 13-year-old son Ishaan, Om says, “I do have a temper, but it’s not unreasonable. If you are right, your anger is logical then it should be expressed. But I forgive easily and don’t allow things to linger.”
While the actor refuses to elaborate further on the episode, Seema has gone on record to say that they have been romantically involved for the last three-and-a-half years.
She went on to add that they plan to marry once his divorce from Nandita is final, a fact validated by Om who mentioned in a recent interview that he wanted to spend his old age with Seema and make amends for his past mistakes.