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Om Puri

Highest Rated:   92% Such a Long Journey (2000)
Lowest Rated:   8% The Lovers (2015)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
71% Viceroy's House
  • Aalia's Father
$0.5M 2017
17% Tubelight
  • Banne Chacha
$1M 2017
No Score Yet The Ghazi Attack
  • Actor
2017
50% Mirzya
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Actor in Law
  • Actor
2016
20% 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
No Score Yet Jai Ho! Democracy
  • Pandeyji
2015
No Score Yet Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi
  • Mirza Kishan Singh Joseph
2015
69% The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Papa
$46.3M 2014
No Score Yet Heartless
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Policegiri
  • Actor
2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Abu
$0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Krishna Aur Kans
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Ata Pata Laapata
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet 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
73% Don 2
  • Mallik
$2.5M 2011
68% West Is West
  • George
$1.5M 2011
No Score Yet Kucch Luv Jaisaa
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Action Replayy
  • Actor
$0.5M 2010
No Score Yet Dabangg
  • Actor
$1.3M 2010
No Score Yet Road to Sangam
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet London Dreams
  • Mr. Khosla
2009
No Score Yet Wanted
  • Actor
$0.3M 2009
40% Delhi 6
  • Madangopal
$0.9M 2009
No Score Yet 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
22% 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 Express
  • ACP S.P. Rao
2005
No Score Yet Kisna: The Warrior Poet
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Zindadil
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet AK 47
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet 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 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
52% The Mystic Masseur
  • Ramlogan
$0.3M 2001
No Score Yet Happy Now
  • Tin Man
2001
No Score Yet Indian
  • Actor
2001
67% 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
50% The Ghost and the Darkness
  • Abdullah
1996
No Score Yet Prem Granth
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Kartavya
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Target
  • Rambharosa
1995
No Score Yet Brothers in Trouble
  • Hussein Shah
1995
No Score Yet Atank Hi Atank
  • 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
No Score Yet In Custody
  • Deven
1993
No Score Yet Angaar
  • Actor
1992
57% City of Joy
  • Hasari
1992
No Score Yet Raat
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Dharavi (City of Dreams)
  • Rajkaran
1991
No Score Yet Narasimha
  • Baapji
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 Giddh
  • Basya
1984
No Score Yet Paar (The Crossing)
  • Actor
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
87% Gandhi
  • Nahari
1982
No Score Yet Arohan
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Sadgati
  • Dukhi
1981
No Score Yet Chann Pardesi
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Bhavni Bhavai (A Folk Tale)
  • Malo
1980
No Score Yet Kismat
  • Actor
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Samad Iqbal
  • 2003

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