Om Puri

Om Puri

Highest Rated: 92% Such a Long Journey (2000)

Lowest Rated: 0% Jai Ho! Democracy (2015)

Birthday: Oct 18, 1950

Birthplace: Ambala, Haryana, India

Described as "the finest actor of the post-independence generation" by one expert on the Indian cinema, Om Puri was one of India's most respected and prolific screen personalities, having appeared in over 140 films over the course of his career. Thanks to starring work in such films as My Son the Fanatic and East Is East, Puri also earned recognition among a Western audience, and further established himself as an actor of great range and versatility. Born in a rural area of northern India in 1950, Puri grew up planning to be a military man like his father. His ambitions shifted when, as a student at a Punjabi university, he joined a theatre group. With the support of his parents, Puri studied acting for three years at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, where he performed in a wide variety of works ranging from Indian folk plays to Kabuki drama to Shakespeare, the last of which gave him the opportunity to play Hamlet in Hindi. The actor followed his studies with a stint at the Indian Film Institute in Poona and then decided to try his luck in Bombay, India's film capital. Although he lacked the classically handsome features of most Indian film stars, Puri was able to find work based on the strength of his previous theatre experience. Once he began appearing on the screen, he found himself in great demand thanks in large part to his seemingly limitless versatility, and he became established over the years as one of his country's best-known actors.After a starring role in Satyajit Ray's Sadgati (1981), which cast him as a member of India's caste of untouchables, Puri began attracting the notice of Western filmmakers. He appeared in Gandhi (1982), Wolf (1994), and City of Joy (1992), the last of which cast him as Patrick Swayze's unlikely savior. He had his greatest international success to date as the star of My Son the Fanatic (1997), a British satirical comedy written by Hanif Kureshi. As Parvez, a liberal-minded Pakistani taxi driver living in northern England who cannot understand his son's sudden alliance with a group of Islamic fundamentalists, Puri turned in a vivid, wryly-nuanced performance that many critics deemed as one of the year's best. The following year, he earned another lavish dose of acclaim for his portrayal of George Khan, another Pakistani patriarch living in England in East Is East. Where Puri's previous character had been laid-back and open-minded, Khan was rigid and conservative (despite his untraditional marriage to an English woman), and critics and audiences alike marveled at the actor's capacity for carving such distinctive characterizations from a superficially similar mold. He later revisited the character in 2010's West is West.Puri continued to work at an astonishing rate, putting out a number of films a year, and continued to crossover to English markets with films like Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and The Hundred-Foot Journey (2010). Puri died in early 2017, at age 66.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Gul Makai Actor 2020
No Score Yet The Gandhi Murder T.G. 2019
73% Viceroy's House Aalia's Father $1.1M 2017
21% Tubelight Banne Chacha $1M 2017
60% The Ghazi Attack Actor 2017
62% Mirzya Actor 2016
No Score Yet Actor in Law Actor 2016
33% Welcome Back Narrator $1.4M 2015
8% The Lovers Actor 2015
No Score Yet Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Actor 2015
No Score Yet Dirty Politics Actor 2015
0% Jai Ho! Democracy Pandeyji 2015
No Score Yet Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi Mirza Kishan Singh Joseph 2015
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey Papa $46.3M 2014
No Score Yet Heartless Actor 2014
No Score Yet Policegiri Actor 2013
57% The Reluctant Fundamentalist Abu $0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Krishna Aur Kans Actor 2012
No Score Yet Ata Pata Laapata Actor 2012
40% Chakravyuh Actor 2012
No Score Yet Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal David 2012
No Score Yet Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai Baig Saab 2012
No Score Yet Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Chaudhary $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Little Terrors Actor 2012
No Score Yet Chal Chala Chal Actor 2012
69% Don 2 Mallik $2.5M 2011
64% West Is West George $1.5M 2011
No Score Yet Kucch Luv Jaisaa Actor 2011
No Score Yet Action Replayy Actor $0.5M 2010
60% Dabangg Actor $1.3M 2010
No Score Yet Road to Sangam Actor 2009
No Score Yet Kurbaan Bhaijaan $0.8M 2009
No Score Yet London Dreams Mr. Khosla 2009
No Score Yet Wanted Actor $0.3M 2009
36% Delhi 6 Madangopal $0.9M 2009
60% Billu Daamchand $0.7M 2009
No Score Yet Life Goes On Actor 2009
No Score Yet Singh Is Kinng Rangeela 2008
No Score Yet Kismat Konnection (Lucky Charm) Actor $0.5M 2008
No Score Yet Mere Baap Pahle Aap Actor 2008
No Score Yet Yaariyan Actor 2008
No Score Yet Mere Baap Pehle Aap Actor 2008
82% Charlie Wilson's War President Zia $66.7M 2007
20% Shoot on Sight Junaid 2007
No Score Yet Dhol Actor 2007
No Score Yet Buddha Mar Gaya Actor 2007
No Score Yet Fool N Final Actor 2007
No Score Yet Delhii Heights Timmy Kohli 2007
No Score Yet Panga Naa Lo Actor 2007
No Score Yet Khallas - The Beginning of the End Actor 2007
No Score Yet Baabul Balwant Kapoor 2006
No Score Yet Don CBI Officer Vishal Malik $2.3M 2006
No Score Yet Chup Chup Ke Prabhat Singh Chauhan 2006
No Score Yet Malamaal Weekly Actor 2006
83% Rang De Basanti (Paint it Yellow) Amanullah Khan $2.1M 2006
No Score Yet Mukhbiir Actor 2006
No Score Yet Victoria No. 203: Diamonds Are Forever Actor 2006
No Score Yet Deewane Huye Pagal Mehboob $0.4M 2005
No Score Yet Deewane Huye Paagal Actor 2005
No Score Yet Kyon Ki Actor 2005
No Score Yet Mumbai Xpress ACP S.P. Rao 2005
No Score Yet Kisna: The Warrior Poet Juman Masum Kishti 2005
No Score Yet Zindadil Actor 2005
No Score Yet AK 47 Actor 2004
80% Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na Actor 2004
50% Code 46 Backland 2004
No Score Yet Lakshya Major Pritam Singh $0.8M 2004
No Score Yet Dev Special Commissioner Tejinder Khosla 2004
No Score Yet Yuva Actor $0.3M 2004
No Score Yet The King of Bollywood Actor 2004
No Score Yet Kash... Aap Hamare Hote Yashwant Raj Mankotia 2003
No Score Yet Sparsh (Touch) Actor 2003
No Score Yet Kagaar: Life on the Edge Actor 2003
No Score Yet Second Generation Heere's Father 2003
No Score Yet Chupke Se Actor 2003
No Score Yet White Teeth Actor 2003
No Score Yet Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook Narrator 2003
No Score Yet Miss India Actor 2003
No Score Yet Chor Machaaye Shor DCP Pandey 2002
No Score Yet Shararat Actor 2002
No Score Yet Ansh Actor 2002
No Score Yet Pitaah Actor 2002
No Score Yet Awara Paagal Deewana Actor 2002
No Score Yet Guru Mahaaguru Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Zookeeper The Vet 2001
No Score Yet Deewaanapan Actor 2001
51% The Mystic Masseur Ramlogan $0.3M 2001
No Score Yet Happy Now Tin Man 2001
No Score Yet Indian Actor 2001
57% The Parole Officer George 2001
No Score Yet Ghaath Actor 2000
No Score Yet Kurukshetra Actor 2000
No Score Yet Kunwara Actor 2000
65% East/West Actor 2000
No Score Yet Hera Pheri Kharak Singh 2000
92% Such a Long Journey Ghulam Mohamed 2000
No Score Yet Hey Ram Actor 2000
No Score Yet Pukar Actor 2000
No Score Yet Bollywood Calling Subramaniam 2000
No Score Yet Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Actor 1999
No Score Yet Khoobsurat Actor 1999
78% East Is East George Khan 1999
78% My Son the Fanatic Parvez 1999
No Score Yet Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha Actor 1998
No Score Yet Mrityudand Actor 1997
No Score Yet Gupt: The Hidden Truth Actor 1997
No Score Yet The Death Sentence: Mrityu Dand Rambaran 1997
No Score Yet China Gate Actor 1997
No Score Yet Chachi 420 Banwarilal Pandey 1997
No Score Yet Maachis Terrorist Leader 1996
51% The Ghost and the Darkness Abdullah 1996
No Score Yet Brothers in Trouble Hussein Shah 1995
No Score Yet Target Rambharosa 1995
No Score Yet Atank Hi Atank Actor 1995
No Score Yet Kartavya Actor 1995
No Score Yet Droh Kaal (Times of Betrayal) Abhay Singh 1994
60% Wolf Dr. Vijay Alezias 1994
No Score Yet Woh Chokri Actor 1994
No Score Yet Patang (The Kite) Actor 1994
67% In Custody Deven 1993
No Score Yet Angaar Actor 1992
56% City of Joy Hasari 1992
No Score Yet Raat Actor 1992
No Score Yet Dharavi (City of Dreams) Rajkaran 1991
No Score Yet Patthar Actor 1991
No Score Yet Antarnaad (The Inner Voice) Actor 1991
No Score Yet Ghayal ACP Joe Dsouza 1990
No Score Yet Disha Actor 1990
No Score Yet Marte Dam Tak Actor 1987
No Score Yet Genesis The weaver 1986
No Score Yet Susman (The Essence) Ramulu 1986
No Score Yet Mirch Masala Chowkidar Abu Miya 1985
No Score Yet Party Actor 1984
No Score Yet Maati Maangey Khoon Actor 1984
No Score Yet Sadgati Actor 1984
No Score Yet Paar (The Crossing) Actor 1984
No Score Yet Giddh Basya 1984
No Score Yet Disco Dancer Actor 1983
No Score Yet Jaane bhi do yaaro(Who Pays the Piper ) Actor 1983
No Score Yet Ardh Satya (Half Truth) Anant Welankar 1983
No Score Yet Mandi (Market Place) Photographer 1983
84% Gandhi Nahari 1982
No Score Yet Arohan Actor 1982
No Score Yet Sadgati Dukhi 1981
No Score Yet Bhavni Bhavai (A Folk Tale) Malo 1980
No Score Yet Chann Pardesi Actor 1980
No Score Yet Kismat Actor 1980


No Score Yet Masterpiece
Samad Iqbal 2003


Papa says: Where the family is that is home.

Papa says: He looks like a bloody terrorist!

Papa says: Is he as good as I think he is?

Madame Mallory says: Better.

Papa says: I will turn the music down, but I will turn the heat up.

Papa says: Smile! You got good teeth...just smile!

Papa says: War it is.

Papa says: Asking for a discount doesn't mean I'm poor. It means I'm thrifty.