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Om Puri Was So Jolly; Never Complained Once About Night Shoots: Gurinder Chadha

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Film director Gurinder Chadha mourned the death of veteran actor Om Puri and talked about her experience of working with him. Om Puri was found dead at his residence on Friday (6 January) morning. He suffered a cardiac attack.

Talking about Om Puri, Gurinder Chadha told Mumbai Mirror, ''We had been trying to work together for a very long time, so when I had sent Omji the script of Viceroy's House, he was delighted to be a part of the film, as it was set in the same time period as Richard Attenborough's Gandhi which had released 35 years ago. He plays Abba to Huma Qureshi's Aalia who is in love with a Punjabi Hindu boy.''

Gurinder Chadha, Om Puri

She added, ''In one of the party scenes, a junior artiste was supposed to hand him a plate of pakodas. The actor was so nervous he spoke his lines too loud and Omji turned to him and said, "Main andha hoon, behra nahin," and the whole unit burst out laughing.''

''He was so jolly on the sets, never once complaining about the many nights shoots. He would arrange a few chairs together and lie down saying, "Wake me up when you need me. The last time we spoke, he wanted to see the film and I was going to show it to him on my next visit to India,'' revealed the famous director.

''It would have been lovely to get his comments and have a drink with him. I'll show the film to his wife and son,'' Gurinder Chadha said.

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