Dipen Guhawrote on May 1 2009 12:00AM
Of the few who got rid of the inertia of the melodramatic convention in order to bring about time-tested acting is Om Puri. Om was born on on 18 October,1950 at Ambala in Hariyana.He used to be a trainee in the National School of Drama(New Delhi)followed by Tndian Film Institute (Pune).His debut was "Ghashram Kotwal".His theatre background groomed him into an actor to the backbone.Initially,he was branded as an art-film actor.His speecless acting in Akrosh was marvellous."He is a world class actor", remarks Satyajit Ray while shooting for "Sadgati".His performances in Arohan,Ardh Satya,Mirch Masala,Chokh,Party,Tamas(T.V),Droh Kal,Gupt etc.are the stamps of genius par excellence.He became an embodiment of serious characters. Om Puri deconstructed himself to reconstruct for humourus charectors. Jane Bhi Do Yaro,Chachi420,Awara Pagal Diwana,Malamal Weekly and Hera Pheri came to us to discover a new Om Puri.He is a performer of graveyard gravity fused with gleeful gay of ambi-dexterity.