Om Puri — Berlinale’s special homage
The cult film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’, starring a slim and striking Om Puri barely 20 years old, featured in the 1977 Berlinale’s Indian Forum. It was his first film in a major international festival.
In recent years, ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ has been digitalized by the Berlinale Arsenal Institute for Film and Video in collaboration with Chennai’s Prasad Group EFX, with generous support from the German Embassy in India. It was screened in this restored version at the 64th Berlinale in 2014.
Now in 2017, 40 years later, his last film ‘Viceroy’s House’, directed by Gurinder Chadha, is at the Berlinale (Out of Competition).
Om Puri left our midst very suddenly and tragically in the early morning of January 6, 2017 in Mumbai. The complete performance man, he filled screen and life with largeness and largesse. He was large of heart and, conscious of his nose, would point it out at every relevant opportunity. Losing Om Puri leaves an outsize gap in Indian and world cinema that cannot be filled as he did. We mourn him. His films will speak for him in ages to come.
(Left) Director Gurinder Chadha with Om Puri on the sets of ‘Viceroy’s House’