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Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah to be feted in London

Eminent Indian actors Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah will be honoured by a Britain-based film organisation in London on Sunday.

entertainment Updated: Jun 28, 2007 15:37 IST

Eminent Indian actors Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah will be honoured by a Britain-based film organisation here on Sunday.

"These two living legends (Puri and Shah), who attended the same school of acting and started their career almost around the same time, will speak on 'Life and times in Indian cinema' before an invited audience," said Parvaiz Alam, director of India-EU Film Initiative, that will be honouring the icons of Indian cinema at the Nehru Centre here.

"For more than thirty years these two actors have been entertaining the masses in India and abroad. Yet, their style of acting is so different and special that the connoisseurs of cinema describe them as role models for those who want to take up acting seriously," said Jagmohan Mundhra, a noted director, who is also president of the organisation.

Naseeruddin Shah, 56, who studied at the National School of Drama (NSD) and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), started his career with Shyam Benegal's path breaking film Nishant in 1975.

He was the recipient of two national awards (Sparsh 1980, Paar 1984), three Filmfare awards (Aakrosh 1980, Chakra 1981, Masoom 1983) and an award at the Venice Film Festival (Paar 1984).

He has also been awarded Padma Bushan, the third highest civilian award by the government of India.

Om Puri, 56, who also studied at the NSD and the FTII, made his debut in Ghashiram Kotwal, a film based on Vijay Tendulkar's play.

Awarded with an OBE by Britain, Puri has also won several national awards in India. He is better known in the western world for his memorable roles in My Son the Fanatic (1997) and East Is East (1999).

One of his most notable films was Ardh Satya (1982).