Om Puri’s widow calls Pak an­chor ‘a joker’

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The video was shown on [Pak­istani news an­chor] Aamir Li­aquat’s show and is he a joker in Pak­istan,” says Nan­dita Puri, widow of veteran ac­tor Om Puri (in pic­ture), who died on Jan­uary 6 this year, re­fer­ring to the video footage claim­ing Om Puri’s ghost was haunt­ing out­side his Mum­bai res­i­dence. The video went vi­ral af­ter it was shown re­cently on an In­dian news chan­nel.

Talk­ing ex­clu­sively to HT, Nan­dita says that it’s a se­ri­ous mat­ter and she won’t let it go like that. “We are get­ting the in­tel­li­gence [agen­cies] to track it down… Ac­cord­ing to my sources, Li­aquat was given this [video] by some­body in In­dia and there are many peo­ple in­volved who have scripted this whole thing, which is dis­grace­ful and in ex­tremely bad taste,” she says.

“The video,” she adds, “was shot in a night vision CCTV cam­era and we have traced the building. Of course it’s not where Om lived. He won’t live in a shoddy building, but it’s very close to our house.”

She points out the use of words like “aatma ki shanti” in the video to em­pha­sise that it was scripted in In­dia and then sent to the Pak­istani an­chor.

What could be the rea­son? “Just ha­rass­ment,” says Nan­dita. “There were peo­ple who were af­ter Om’s money and not very happy with the kind of adu­la­tion he got in the West. These peo­ple [be­hind this video] have hurt me, my son and the en­tire na­tion.”

PHOTO: SACHIN KADVEKAR / FOTOCORP

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