Oscars paid tribute to Om Puri but Bollywood did not, it is a shame: Nawazuddin
The biggest award function in Hollywood honoured late actor Om Puri who died earlier this year. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has slammed Bollywood award functions for not honouring their own talent.Updated: Mar 30, 2017 18:25 IST
The embarrassing last-minute goof-up at the 89th Academy Awards notwithstanding, the 2017 Oscars ceremony will be remembered in India for more than home-bred stars Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar: The biggest award function in Hollywood honoured late Bollywood actor Om Puri who died earlier this year. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, however, took to Twitter to slam Bollywood award functions for not honouring their own talent.
Soon after the 89th Academy Awards, Nawazuddin tweeted, “TheAcademy #Oscars paid homage 2 late #OmPuri, But in #bollywood award functions nobody converse single word for his contribution... SHAME.”
Om Puri, who died in January at the age of 66, was popular in the international circuit for his performances in movies like East Is East, Gandhi, City of Joy and Wolf.
Meanwhile, Om Puri’s family told Indian Express, “The only Indian actor to have worked consistently in Hollywood and British cinema for the last 25 years, without a fuss and letting his work speak for itself, today the Academy of Motion Pictures acknowledged his contribution at its 89th Awards. The first and only Indian actor to be acknowledged thus. Thank you Academy. Thank you everyone. We miss you Om. We miss you lots.”
Apart from Puri, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds and Bill Paxton were also remembered and honoured at Oscars 2017. An emotional Jennifer Aniston introduced the segment and paid tribute to Paxton, who died on Saturday and was not included in the video montage.
The video also included Bill Nunn, George Kennedy, Gene Wilder, Patty Duke, Garry Marshall, Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Prince, John Hurt, Nancy Reagan and Curtis Hanson. The segment ended with Fisher’s Princess Leia saying, “May the Force be with you.”
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First Published: Feb 28, 2017 14:05 IST