• Monday, May 16, 2022


Om Puri’s death ‘a loss for East and West’

Om Puri’s son Ishaan and wife Nandita Puri at a prayer meeting for the actor

By: Eastern Eye Staff

For Om Puri, who died last week at his home in Mumbai at the age of 66 of a heart attack, the film that defined him to audiences in the UK and probably around the world was East Is East in 1999. He played “George Khan”, a Pakistani immigrant married to an Englishwoman, Ella, and determined to bring up their brood of seven children as “good Muslims”. Only they would much rather be like their English peers – go to parties, engage in snogging and indulge in bacon butties. Trouble erupts when George discovers his youngest son, Sajid, has not…

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