OM PURI (Papa) is one of India's most celebrated actors. He
trained at the National
School of Drama for three years and spent two years at the Film & Television
In the last 35 years, he has worked in more than 250 films and has done
work on Indian and British Television as well.
Puri won his first National Award in 1982 for the film "Arohan (Ascend)." In
won his second National Award for the film "Ardh Satya (Half Truth)." For the
he received the Best Actor award from the Karlovy Vary International Film
1986, he won the Soviet Land Nehru Award for his contribution to
cinema. In 1990, he was awarded the Padamshri, the fourth highest honor in
1997, he won Best European Actor for "My Son the Fanatic" at the Brussels
International Film Festival. In 2000,
he was conferred with the Grand Prix De Americans (Montreal International Film
Festival) for his contribution to
good cinema. In 2000, he received a BAFTA Nomination (Best Actor) for "East is
In 2005, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by HRH
Queen Elizabeth II and became the
Chairman of the National Film Development Corporation. He has also worked in
more than two dozen American
films, including "Gandhi," "City of Joy," "Wolf," "The Ghost & The Darkness,"
"The Parole Officer," "Code 46,"
"Charlie Wilson's War," and "Shoot On Sight." His television credits include
"White Teeth," "Second Generation"
and "The Canterbury Tales."