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Ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee (above) be­lieves that no­body can play Om

Puri (top) bet­ter than him if a biopic on the late ac­tor is ever made. “I knew him very closely. I came for his prayer meet but still I am smil­ing be­cause if you re­mem­ber him, you can’t be up­set. He was such a joy­ful char­ac­ter. I re­mem­ber him with loads of hap­pi­ness,” Ba­j­payee said.

The ac­tor, who is con­sid­ered a method ac­tor and is known for play­ing un­con­ven­tional roles, said: “Om Puri ji was one of the rea­sons for the kind of act­ing I am known for. He helped us to con­ceive the dream... Those who come from small towns. He showed us the path.”

“Peo­ple say if you have to be a good ac­tor, you have to be a good hu­man be­ing first. When­ever I lost faith in this say­ing, I met Om Puri and my faith re­gained,” he added.

Manoj said Puri al­ways in­spired him. “Af­ter I watched his film ‘Aakrosh’, I de­cided if I have to do work, it has to be like this,” he said.

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