Om Puri’s death shocked the entire fraternity. The veteran actor passed away on Friday morning after suffering from a cardiac arrest. When the police arrived at Puri’s residence in Oshiwara, his body was found lying on the floor, with an injury on his head.
Although the post mortem report suggests he didn’t have a natural death, police had initially ruled out the possibilities of any foul play. Now his driver-friend Khalid Kidwai has given out a statement to the police which might turn the case completely.
In his statement, Kidwai has mentioned that Om Puri was extremely disturbed the night before he passed away. He said, “Om Puri wanted to meet his son Ishan on Thursday evening. So we (Kidwai and Om Puri) went to Trishul building where his ex-wife Nandita lives with Ishan but were unable to meet them as both Nandita and Ishan had gone for a party.”
He further added, “Om Puri then had an argument over the phone with Nandita and asked them to come soon as he wanted to meet his son. He poured a drink in his glass and waited for almost 45 minutes at Nandita’s flat. But when they did not turn up, he took the glass and liquor bottle and started drinking in the car. After finishing the drink, we left.”
We wonder if this statement will give a fresh twist to the entire episode.
A prayer meet was organised at ISKCON temple by Puri’s second wife Nandita Puri and many from the film fraternity turned up to pay their respects. People who attended the prayer meet include Bachchans, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Dilip Tahil, Kabir Bedi, Prakash Jha, Naseeruddin Shah with his entire family, Gulshan Grover, Mini Mathur, Prasoon Joshi, Poonam Dhillon, Vipul Shah, Govind Nihalani, Priya Dutt , Tinu Anand, Talat Aziz, Nandita Das, Prem Chopra, Shabana Azmi and Ashutosh Rana among others.
At Om Puri’s prayer meet on Monday, his ex-wife Seema Kapoor addressed also spoke to media along with her brother and actor Annu Kapoor.