Web Desk: Legendary actor Om Puri was died in January 2017. The actor breathed his last six days after he wrapped up his last movie Lashtam Pashtam. The movie will be released on August 10, 2018, reported Pinkvilla.
The director of the movie, Manav Bhalla conducted the last interview of Om Puri in which Puri spoke at length about his character who is a Pakistani taxi driver who meets an Indian who is lost in Pakistan.
In his last interview, Om Puri stressed on the sacrifices both the countries have made since partition and urged people to remind themselves of the same. He asked both the sides to live and let live. He also shared that he hopes the movie has a smooth release given the sensitive plot.
The actor said,”I play a Pakistani taxi driver. An Indian who is lost in Pakistan and wishes to go to Islamabad, which is burning due to bomb blasts, asks my character to take him there. The taxi driver (Om Puri) refuses him but the youngster is so desperate that anyhow he has to go to Islamabad. Though that youngster is an Indian, the taxi driver decides to help him despite knowing that there is a lot of risks.”
When asked about the message he wants people to take through his character, Puri shared, “My character itself is giving out a message. Manav has written it in such a way that tells people that hatred should end as it has no specific reason and we are fighting forcefully. We are all humans and we have stayed together for years. Mughal rulers stayed here for almost 600 years. Before independence, we all stayed together, we have learned from all the etiquettes (tehzeeb). Yes, there have been some issues but like there is a dialog in the film that issues happen at home also, amongst Hindu brothers also and also amongst the relatives.”
“When the Partition happened, brothers thought that let one brother stay this side and other on the other side and this won’t change much as they can anytime come on each other’s side. But they never thought the situation would become so bad. So this partition was the partition of relationships, emotions, and feelings and it’s a really painful thing,” he added.
He further reiterated that the film releases smoothly and people watch and understand the crux of it. “People have to reminded of this again and again- that we must live and let live as we have sacrificed a lot during the Partition,” he stated.
Speaking on his experience of working with a completely new team, Om Puri stated, “I didn’t know that it’s a new team, if I would have been aware of it, then I might not have taken up the project (laughed). I never felt that it’s a new team. You guys studied well, learned everything before starting the film; aise hi thodi aakar camera pakde aur chal diye!”