Nobody can play Om Puri better than me: Manoj Bajpayee

By: IANS | Mumbai | Published:January 20, 2017 12:45 pm

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Actor Manoj Bajpayee believes that nobody can play Om Puri better than him if a biopic on the late actor is ever made.

“I think nobody can play Om-ji better than me because I knew him very closely. I came for his prayer meet but still I am smiling because if you remember him, you can’t be upset. He was such a joyful character. I remember him with loads of happiness,” Manoj said here at a meet to pay tribute to Om Puri who died on January 6.

Bajpayee, who is often regarded as a method actor and known for his unconventional roles in films, said: “Om Puri ji was one of the reasons for doing the kind of acting I am known for. He helped us to conceive the dream… Those who come from small towns. He showed us that path and achieved the top (success) which we dreamt of.”

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“His behaviour was same and even with everybody, whether the person was a spot boy or a millionaire,” Manoj recalled.

Asked whether the late actor had seen Manoj’s last film Aligarh, he said: “No, he didn’t. But I have no regret about it because he always talked about ‘Aligarh’ and ‘Budhia Singh’ to everybody. He was so busy socially that couldn’t make time.”

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Manoj said he was always inspired by Om Puri.

He said: “After I watched his film ‘Aakrosh’, I decided if I have to do work, it has to be like this. The path I chose in films is because of Om Puri.

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“People say if you have to be a good actor, you have to be a good human being first. Whenever I lost faith in this saying, I met Om Puri and my faith regained.”

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Nobody can play Om Puri better than me: Manoj Bajpayee

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