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Om Puri returns to Delhi stage

IANS   December 21, 2012
First Published: 17:10 IST(21/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:48 IST(22/12/2012)
After 25 years, the actor returns to stage a play based on AC Gurney’s Love Letters, in the Capital  He is an alumnus of Delhi’s National School of Drama and is back in the city for what he enjoys most - theatre. After a gap of 25 years, actor Om Puri will be seen in a Punjabi play, Teri Amrita, along with actor Divya Dutta.

For Puri, re-connecting to the mainstream stage “at 64 years of age with a play in Punjabi was like going back to one’s first love… I was very nervous when I decided to make a comeback. I started off with theatre when I was a teenager and was spotted by directors of the Punjab Kala Manch at a college play. I want to act and will be producing theatre from now on,” he says.

An adaptation of Tumhari Amrita by Javed Siddiqui based on AC Gurney’s Love Letters, the play of unrequited love — set against the backdrop of the harrowing partition of the sub-continent in 1947 — has been brought to the Capital by the Punjabi Academy and the Department of Arts, Culture and Languages of the Delhi government.

As for movies, Puri plays the lead in a political satire, Ram Bhajan Zindabad. “It is a good script about legislation in Uttar Pradesh which provides rape victims an immediate assistance of Rs. 25,000 on lodging an FIR... I intend to make serious cinema and theatre,” he says.

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