Om Puri: Unlikely Hero

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Roli Books Private Limited, Nov 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
Unlikely Hero offers an exclusive glimpse into Om Puri's private life, his struggles and anxieties, and the woes of his heart. Discover the Om Puri no one knows about - the tongue-tied actor from Punjab with stars in his eyes; the incorrigible flirt in drama school; the connoisseur of food and expert cook; and the complete family man. Featuring amusing anecdotes with his family, shocking episodes with the stalwarts of Indian and British cinema, and the nail-biting suspense of his love life, the tale is complemented by rare and unusual photographs. Told with wit, honesty, and elan, this book is a fitting tribute to the inspirational tale of Om Puri - one of the most talented actors of India. The late Patrick Swayze, Om Puri's co-actor in City of Joy, recounts the impact Om had on his life, while notable film critic Derek Malcolm talks about Om's immense talent and vast repertoire. Naseeruddin Shah fondly remembers his friendship with Om that began at the National School of Drama and Om's rise in the national and international film industry.

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Foreword Patrick Swayze
An Introduction to Om Puri Derek Malcolm
In the Wings
Film Television Institute of India
Lets Go to the Movies
Thats Amoré
City of

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About the author (2009)

Nandita C. Puri is a writer and journalist, who has authored a collection of short stories, Nine on Nine, and is completing her first novel, Two Worlds. Her articles have been published in The Telegraph, Dainik Bhaskar, the Statesman and the Mid Day. Besides being a broadcast journalist and an art critic, Nandita has written screenplays for commercial as well as non-commercial cinema. Nandita lives in Mumbai with her husband, Om Puri, and her son, Ishaan.

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