Veteran actor Om Puri's death has left B-town in a state of shock and the entire film industry is mourning the loss.
However, Naseeruddin Shah, who was one of Puri's close friends have stated that death has, in a way, relieved the late actor.
Om Puri died at the age of 66 following a massive heart attack.
Talking about Puri's sudden death, Naseer told a leading daily that he got the unfortunate news and was numbed to hear about the veteran actor's demise.
"Om and I had parallel careers in parallel cinema, so to speak. But I never felt any envy or resentment towards his achievements. He got a lot of roles like East Is East, which I thought would come to me. But I felt nothing but joy for him," Naseer said.
Om and Naseer had worked together in movies like Jaane Bhi Do Yaron, Mirch Masala etc.
However, Naseeruddin also asserted that Om Puri was also suffering from several personal problems, which was in a way taking a toll on him.
"But his personal problems — in which I did not intervene at all — had left his mental and physical health in a shambles. I know for a fact that Om was really suffering during the last few years. And there was no way out of it. Though his death was sudden, I can’t say it was totally unexpected. In a way, death has relieved him of all the stress, and that includes the bad films he took on, I presume for financial reasons. Om took all the criticism on his chin," wrote the Masoom actor," Shah added.
He further stated, "Today, I remember Om’s hearty laughter and his generosity of spirit. I am sorry I couldn’t be there for his funeral. I was shooting out of town. But my wife and sons were there. Hell, I am going to miss Om!”
Well, not just Naseeruddin Shah, the entire Bollywood industry is going to miss Om Puri.