Om Puri's LAST interview: The India-Pakistan partition was the partition of relationships, emotions & feelings

Legendary actor Om Puri's LAST interview is OUT. The actor spoke at length about his last movie Lashtam Pashtam and the message it entails for the people of India and Pakistan.
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The year 2017 was the year of losses for the Indian film industry. Legendary actor Om Puri passed away in January 2017 leaving a void amongst his fans. The actor breathed his last six days after he wrapped up his last movie Lashtam Pashtam. The movie is directed by Manav Bhalla and is all set to hit the theatres on August 10, 2018. Om Puri's LAST interview which was conducted by the director himself is FINALLY out and it will leave you thinking. 
 
Puri spoke at length about his character who is a Pakistani taxi driver who meets an Indian who is lost in Pakistan. The film is a sweet story set amidst the backdrop of India and Pakistan. Om Puri in his last interview stressed on the sacrifices both the countries have made since partition and urged people to remind themselves of the same. He asked both the sides to live and let live. He also shared that he hopes the movie has a smooth release given the sensitive plot. 
 

 
"I play a Pakistani taxi driver. An Indian who is lost in Pakistan and wishes to go to Islamabad, which is burning due to bomb blasts, asks my character to take him there. The taxi driver (Om Puri) refuses him but the youngster is so desperate that anyhow he has to go to Islamabad. Though that youngster is an Indian, the taxi driver decides to help him despite knowing that there is a lot of risks," he said. 
 
When asked about the message he wants people to take through his character, Puri shared, "My character itself is giving out a message. Manav has written it in such a way that tells people that hatred should end as it has no specific reason and we are fighting forcefully. We are all humans and we have stayed together for years. Mughal rulers stayed here for almost 600 years. Before independence, we all stayed together, we have learned from all the etiquettes (tehzeeb). Yes, there have been some issues but like there is a dialog in the film that issues happen at home also, amongst Hindu brothers also and also amongst the relatives."
 

 
"When the Partition happened, brothers thought that let one brother stay this side and other on the other side and this won’t change much as they can anytime come on each other's side. But they never thought the situation would become so bad. So this partition was the partition of relationships, emotions, and feelings and it’s a really painful thing," he added. 
 
He further reiterated that the film releases smoothly and people watch and understand the crux of it. "People have to reminded of this again and again- that we must live and let live as we have sacrificed a lot during the Partition," he stated. 
 
 
Speaking on his experience of working with a completely new team, Om Puri stated, "I didn’t know that it’s a new team, if I would have been aware of it, then I might not have taken up the project (laughed). I never felt that it’s a new team. You guys studied well, learned everything before starting the film; aise hi thodi aakar camera pakde aur chal diye!"
 
His last advice to filmmakers and people was to invest in small films and watch it because they can't make noises from three months prior to their release date. 
 

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Om puri was respected in HW as well, just like iirfan khan. Om left to soon! Iirfan get well soon.

I loved this man. Such a talent and such a personality. Gone too soon. Ugh.

One of the most loved Indian actors. One of my favs! Rest in peace

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