National Award winning Actor, Om Puri, says he has no plans to direct Bollywood films and rued that the powerful medium is being "wasted".
"It is very sad that such a powerful medium which can help us to grow better is being wasted," the actor said about the films being churned out by Bollywood.
The actor attended a reading session
Unlikely Hero Om Puri
written by his journalist wife Nandita Puri. The veteran actor released the Malayalam translation of the book titled
Prathinayakan: Om Puriyude Katha.
The national-award-winning actor, who has been a face of parallel cinema with movies like
Mirch Masalaand Dharavi
, has no ambition to direct a movie in near future.
"I can direct plays, but not films," said Puri, who recently finished
West is West
, a sequel to
East is East
. The film was partially shot in Punjab and in Manchester.
Asked about the Malayalam film industry, the actor said he had worked with late actor Gopi in a Hindi film. Describing Gopi as a "wonderful" actor, Puri said he had given an "electrifying" performance in the film.
The 59-year-old actor said he liked the Malayalam cinema of the seventies and eighties as the conventional and art films were given due importance. Cinema flourished and being a literary state, people appreciated well known directors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shaji N Karun and Late Aravindan, who made film of high standards, he said.