1. Actor Om Puri insults the martyrdom of soldiers

Actor Om Puri insults the martyrdom of soldiers

The ban on Pakistani artistes following the Uri and various attacks following it has evoked mixed response from people in India. A shocking one came from veteran actor Om Puri when he ended up insulting Indian martyrs while defending why art and such issues shouldn't be mixed.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2016 6:58 AM
Actor Om Puri. (Reuters) Actor Om Puri. (Reuters)

The ban on Pakistani artistes following the Uri and various attacks following it has evoked mixed response from people in India. A shocking one came from veteran actor Om Puri when he ended up insulting Indian martyrs while defending why art and such issues shouldn’t be mixed.

This has led up to a major controversy as Puri made the remark during a live debate at TV channel.

During the show, referring to Indian soldiers he aggressively said, “We haven’t forced them to join army.” He further said, “Prepare 15-20 people as suicide bomber and send them to Pakistan.”

As soon as he said this, social media junkies started criticising him for his regressive thoughts and stringent approach towards the national concern of security.

Earlier in the day as well Om Puri had said that art and politics should be kept separate and banning the artistes will not change the situation. He also added that these actors are not brought to India illegally but with work visa so the producers shouldn’t suffer.

Om Puri, who is known for his impeccable acting skills has worked in various cross-border projects as well, the latest being ‘Actor in Law’, a Pakistani film starring Mehwish Hayat. Some speculated that this is probably why he talked in favour of Paki actors.

However, reacting on his approach actor Paresh Rawal tweeted,”Never thought someone like Om Puri ji would make such a shameful comment. Sad. This is so heartbreaking.”

Within few minutes of his comment, #OmPuri started trending on twitter with strong backlash coming from the Twitterati. Puri however later said to India Today that the issue is not black and white; the government should do what they want and his only meaning was to stop demonising the Pakistani artistes till then.

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    Jameela
    Oct 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm
    Shut the up you trashy pieces of And your pathetic Bollywood is full of e movies and nepotism They don't have sridevis or madhuris anymore it's just trash and talentless bull stani dramas and actors are more natural and talented and don't need the likes of pathetic comments against actors like OM PURI And you Indians are going right up Americas Hollywood Bollywood lol All u do is copy the GORA BEFORE THE internet you didn't even know how to ing behave You're all gimmicks in India and all you are falling for is the propaa your country India tells you YOURE ALL SHEEPLES PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW EACH OTHER LIKE SHEEEPS AND DOGS WITHOUT QUESTIONING ANYTHING U JUST BELIEVE ANYTHING YOUR GOVERMENT TELLS YOU THEN YOURE DAFT AND STUPID QUESTION EVERYTHING ??? Anyway Bombay it's full of RATS AND SMELLS LIKE -
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      KP
      Oct 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm
      It is best suited for Om puri to stick to the 3rd grade movies he did In the beginning of his career than comment or question the Army!!! What is his Aukat to make this statement? What is His contribution to the country ? Bah, why are we listening to these street barks ??
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        RS
        Oct 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm
        Buddha Sathiya a hai...
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          Pratik
          Oct 4, 2016 at 8:42 am
          The most shameless person in india is om puri he insults the soldiers who given their life protecting us and he insulted the nation by speaking of sending suicide bombers ...he must change his name to "bomb puri",
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          1. Srinivasan Ranganathan
            Oct 5, 2016 at 2:18 am
            Has acting as a villain for a very long time got under his skin or does he feel that all artists belong to a separate elite nation where the lesser mortals called citizens don't exist or has the accolades showered on him by the Indian government and the people gone to his head? This war between India and stan is not being fought by the armies alone but by the two nations. When a Bombay attack or parliament attack takes place it is not against the Bombayites or the politicians but against the nation. Mr. Om Puri will understand better when he is the victim of terror. When a nation faces the scourge of terrorism the language best understood by the nation abetting terror is that of isolation. You actors living in gl houses, should stop throwing stones at others. Thumhari aukhat he kya hai? You owe your celebrity status and the tons of money that you and Salman earn to the Indian people who have patronized you. Don't you think it is your duty to patronize the very people who give their lives to protect you. It is not as if you have not dropped from heaven that you can pontifficate to the nation. Freedom of expression does not give you the freedom to talk nonsense.
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              Akshey
              Oct 4, 2016 at 5:47 am
              How dare he question our soldiers ? This man has lost all the respect people had for him as an actor. Shame on him. Make him guard the stani border for one day. Let him learn how much hardships our soldiers face to protect us from the terrorists coming from across the border.
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                anjali rajwar
                Oct 4, 2016 at 6:23 am
                om puri ur a looser.i think i need a help of pysc
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                  Ranjith
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 6:26 am
                  Your level of journalism is exposed when you called a troll account as a genuine account of Paresh rawal. Enough said.
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                    asdf
                    Oct 4, 2016 at 6:22 am
                    Thats not real Paresh Rawal guys
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                      Dhiren
                      Oct 4, 2016 at 6:57 am
                      That is not paresh rawal's id! You guys show only two lines from the entire interview taking it totally out of context and then say this is journalism.... well journalism is in the pits!
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                        janardhan narasimhaiah
                        Oct 4, 2016 at 8:32 am
                        puri shall be the first suicide bomber, jai hind.
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                          Vijayaraghavan
                          Oct 4, 2016 at 9:43 am
                          A fading actor, but trying find foothold at least in stan - what can we expect from these unfaithful and moneyminded upstarts. I do not know why so much of importance is given to some of these arrogant film actors who are interested only in money making. Such people do not hesitate to kick the which fed them during their infancy. These upstarts are not aware that the same innocent army men, belonging to poor families, also patronise them, without knowing how selfish and unfaithful they are. Best lesson would be to boycott their films.
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                            Krishna Teja
                            Oct 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm
                            Get your facts right. The person who tweeted it is not Actor Paresh Rawal. It is a parody account.
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                            1. Umesh Dash
                              Oct 4, 2016 at 7:33 am
                              Disgusting, probably he is not knowledgeable and ignorant about our country. Om Puri has the audacity of abusing our own country and our Armed Forces. He has a selfish bent of mind who supports creating fake heroes in Bollywood, but abuses real heroes who are fighting day and night for security and integrity of country. Entertainment value for a common man's life has no utility, art and artists are least required for survival of our country and society. He needs to be taught, how to pay respect to our Armed Forces. Every Indian should serve Armed Forces going through stringent selection process minimum of five years. If you prove yourself capable of serving the nation's security and integrity than only be allowed to be actor. Babus, MLAs and MPs or part of high income group. This way you will start loving your country and respect your Armed Forces. Om Puri should be taught terrorist and terrorism has nothing to do with any religion and every right thinking people should condemn terrorism or the place where this is originating. He has tried to give communal color to this inhuman act against mankind, is highly condemnable. The w country must boycott this kind of selfish actors, who gives their reel act megalomaniac importance, while abusing our real heroes. Instability in his mind and supporting terrorism was proved when he advocated suicide bombing, without knowing that our nation is against all form of terrorism. Definitely he has anti national mind set
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                                Dr Harry
                                Oct 4, 2016 at 8:17 am
                                Why we get so exercised by comments of a drunkard actor. He is more concerned about his ego and money he get for six films he doing in stan. From his uttering it is clear that people like Pri have no sense of loyalty, honor or humanity and his cr insensitive comments about young soldiers. Its self evident that to him stan decalred aim of destroying Indian by 100's cuts, attack on Indian parliament, 26/11 and support for LeT, Jiaish etc in stan is perfectly fine. The problem is people like him are not roasted enough and given proverbial hard kick in back when they make such nasty comments.
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                                1. Vinaya Kumar
                                  Oct 4, 2016 at 6:47 am
                                  Mr. Puri you are talking of business when country is in huge tension -- you are like a person can sell any thing for business who asked you to join show business ??? and talk on great martyred soldiers what ever you like --you are such a poisons person and more dangerous than the real terrorists who kill our soldiers and you abuse our soldiers ..very sad -- we have you at least now shut your business and think of country and be a countryman and a business man
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                                    Santosh Yadav
                                    Oct 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm
                                    Inko hi bheji boarder pr tb pta chlega that baithe juban chalti h
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                                      jagdish
                                      Oct 4, 2016 at 3:58 am
                                      If any Indian has any sympathy for stani artists they should be asked to leave India forthwith. Ping the comments and getting durd cheap publicity has become the habit of stars and politicians and I strongly feel it is time Govt brought some legislation to stop this type of unwanted remarks.
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                                        Pyari
                                        Oct 4, 2016 at 5:27 am
                                        Om puri is very much immersed in his profession... He sees no difference between death in reel and death in real. His comments are as if the director tells "CUT" and all comes back to normal.... Not aware that he is still UNCUT.... because our real soldiers are holding the show ON.... and ON... day and night... without any makeup. !!!
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                                          Rameswar Pattanayak
                                          Oct 4, 2016 at 8:08 am
                                          Mr Puri, you want to keep art and politics separate. Say the same to stan. They have already banned Indian TV channels and Hindi Movies. Why don't you go to stan for a week now to get the taste of welcome, brotherhood and all other socialite comforts you may get there.
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                                            Sudeep Menon
                                            Oct 4, 2016 at 5:52 am
                                            I think Mr. Puri needs some help. If he doesn't find a cure then we Indians shall be forced to find one for him.
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