Manoj Bajpayee

Veteran actor Om Puri‘s sudden demise took the whole industry by shock and actor Manoj Bajpayee believes that nobody can play Om Puri better on the silver screen than him.

“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.

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

The actor further said how it was Om Puri who inspired him to join films. “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. 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,” he concluded.

We are sure Manoj will do justice to the role, if ever a biopic on the veteran actor is made.