Anupam Kher slams Om Puri for insulting Indian martyrs

Lending his support to Pakistani actors, Om Puri passed an insensitive statement about the Indian martyrs, and Anupam Kher said he was 'saddened' by the comment.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2016 8:21 pm
anumap-om-759 Om Puri lent his support to Pakistani artists saying that they come to India on a visa, not illegally.

Veteran actor Om Puri lent his support in favour of Pakistani actors saying that the ban on Pakistani artistes will not change the situation. He said Pakistani artistes are not working illegally in India and if they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses. However, during a live debate on a leading channel, the actor said something which did not go down well with the audience and even his friends from the industry. Talking insensitively about the Indian martyrs, Puri said, “Who had asked the soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?”. He didn’t stop there. The actor further went on to suggest that India should prepare 15-20 human suicide bombers and send them to Pakistan for the blasts.

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In fact, he also said, “Do you want India-Pakistan enmity to turn like Israel and Palestine, and fight for ages? India is home to crores of Muslims, there is no point in proving them for war. Several Indians have their relatives staying across the border and vice-versa, how can they fight a war with their cross-border families”. As soon as the debate went on air, the internet was flooded with criticism for Om Puri’s harsh words for those serving the country. In fact, the actor was also flaked by his contemporary Anupam Kher. On his official Twitter account, Anupam Kher wrote, “Dear #OmPuri ji. Mai aapki bahut izzat karta hoon. Lekin kal tv per desh ke sainik ke baare mein aapki baat sunkar bahut DUKH hua. #VerySad.”

While many supported Om Puri on his statement about the ban of Pakistani actors, his words for Indian army and comment over the issue of national security has raised quite a lot eyebrows. The actor’s remark came days after superstar Salman Khan opposed the ban too, by saying “they are artistes not terrorists”. The film industry has been divided on the issue of banning Pakistani artistes in the wake of Uri attack. Actor Randeep Hooda, filmmakers Ashoke Pandit and Anupam Kher are among those who have backed the ban.

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Hooda tweeted that Pakistan should be culturally isolated. “We are trying to isolate Pakistan economically & diplomatically so the cultural isolation must follow #BanPakArtists #IndiaComesFirst #India,” he wrote. Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said though he believes that art has no boundaries, the situation right now is such that nothing is bigger than the country. He also said that Pakistani artistes, who have worked in India should condemn the Uri attack. The debate began after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) demanded the ouster of Pakistani artistes from working in Indian film industry. Recently, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association also announced the ban on the actors and technicians from the neighbouring country till things became normal between the two nations.

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    Chander Pal
    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:45 am
    Feeling sorry that all along we thought he is good actor. I think there Is a difference between a good actor and. Good human being
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      Naresh Venkatan
      Oct 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm
      Om Puri Rocks!
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        outraged
        Oct 4, 2016 at 9:36 am
        bose Dk om puri, jo desh ka na raha woh kahi ka nahi raheyga.
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          Ashu
          Oct 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm
          Who is the administrator of this page ...my previous comment is still not posted......are you trying to form people opinion according to your wish......sorry dude but you just lost one follower of your page......
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Oct 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm
            Anupam Kher has lost his mental equilibrium.
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Oct 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm
              You too.
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                OC
                Oct 4, 2016 at 10:16 am
                India is not BJP and BJP is not India. So let us not let BJP take the credit of everything good and get away with everything bad! India is much bigger and greater than the BJP. They are just a party and cannot try to overshadow the country! To fight with stan, we will first have to fight those who are trying to overshadow our nation from within and are trying to create divisions and hatred within communities. Only this can get us to unite and become a force which no other external threat can reckon with. Pigs poking fingers at others or those pseudo nationalists pointing out fingers at other Indian brothers calling them traitors have no place in India. They are the ones who should be kicked out for fighting with their own countrymen.
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                  Dev Verma
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                  Whats gone wrong with few politicians and these filmy guys ? are they out of their mind ? and acting weirdo out of proportion with no reasons. Surgical means surgical why army and government have to reveal their missions and omission to anybody. This is secret military matter and they are the best judge to decide. Request to IE please stop printing comments of these ugly A.H politicians and these filmy peoples.
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                    DHIREn
                    Oct 4, 2016 at 10:03 am
                    I think Mr. Om Puri should realise one thing that we sleep in peace due to these Indian Solders and Indian Police and not because of Him or Other bollywood actors and hence forth before he open his mouth for our Indian Solders he should check his presence of mind whether it is normal or abnormal.
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                      Dipankar
                      Oct 4, 2016 at 9:41 am
                      Om Puri you and your family is enjoying full democracy becoz of Indian Army so RESPECT and SALUTE them.lt;br/gt;Yehi baat aap stan mai reheke India ke favour mai bolte to aab tak upar chale jaate. Say Thanks to god that you born in India.
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                        Frank Donal
                        Oct 4, 2016 at 10:40 am
                        Om Puri is very loyal to Indian army that's why he said send some people to blast stan and he does not want that soldiers should get killed. Aupam khier just jealous with his pority
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                          hasnain zaidi
                          Oct 5, 2016 at 11:29 am
                          All stani Actors and Secular Forces are condemning the URI Attack. I don't know which Devil whisperred in the ears of our Indian Friends that we Secular Forces of stan are not condemning the URI attack. lt;br/gt;Please try to understand, we are fighting a much bigger war where we are criticizing the government for supporting Hafiz Saeed and other Jihadi Organizations.lt;br/gt;But we Secular Forces are very weak as Religious Extremism is very strong in stan. Also Military Establishment in stan is very much stronger in stan to criticize it is not a easy task.lt;br/gt;So, Indian people should support the Secular Forces of stan, even if they are small in numbers and not able to play significant role. It is not a wise thing to attack these Secular Forces (Actors) for that crime they didn't commit and actually themselves fighting against it. lt;br/gt;We request our Indian Friends to be please be Broad Minded and try to see the complete picture.
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                            hasnain zaidi
                            Oct 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                            stani Actors belong to the Secular Forces of stan, who are already FIGHTING against Extremism in stan, who are criticizing Government policies of supporting Terrorist Groups, who support the real good friendly ties between India and stan.lt;br/gt;Those Indians are criminal who are now attacking these Actors and thus they are making the Secular Forces of stan weaker and compeling those Secular Forces to join the extremist forces. lt;br/gt;I wished People of India could differentiate between Secular Forces and Extremist Forces and who is Foe and who is friend.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;PS:lt;br/gt;Does Rahat Fateh Ali Khan killed that Indian Soldier?
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                              Lovely
                              Oct 4, 2016 at 4:06 pm
                              Ompuri always professed Left thoughts and has no respect for the Army. But he has soft corner for Pak. India has been paying heavy price for being soft with from 1947.He is ignorant and parasite.Now only India has started giving some hard punches.
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                                PRADEEP AGARWAL
                                Oct 4, 2016 at 11:20 am
                                It is shameful, that the govt. is silent on this issue and public is fighting.
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                                  PRADEEP AGARWAL
                                  Oct 4, 2016 at 11:22 am
                                  What is the Govt.'s stand as they have issued work VISA to these people? Why Anupam kher, ompuri, Salman Khan and others are in picture? Media is playing the worst role.
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                                    Sukhbir Singh
                                    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:54 am
                                    Chander Pal, you are right. he is good actor but that doesn't mean he is a good person as well. democracy hai nahi tou mar deni chahiye jo shahid key barey mein aisa boley
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                                      Sukhbir Singh
                                      Oct 4, 2016 at 9:40 am
                                      Om Puri ji aap kalakaar hain par itni tameez tou honi chahiye ki shaeed key barey mein kuch galat na bolo. Kaam say kaam aapni umaar ka hi lihaaj kar liyaa hota.
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                                        Sukhbir Singh
                                        Oct 4, 2016 at 9:40 am
                                        Om Puri ji aap kalakaar hain par itni tameez tou honi chahiye ki shaeed key barey mein kuch galat na bolo. Kaam say kaam aapni umaar ka hi lihaaj kar liyaa hota.
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                                          Mallikarjuna Sharma
                                          Oct 4, 2016 at 10:54 am
                                          Indian armed forces deserve due respect no doubt. At the same time if and when they indulge in excesses or violate human rights one should stringently criticize and censure them and they should also introspect and behave. As for Om Puri's remark, it is correct as for as his opposition to banning Pak artists is concerned. I would not plead for a ban even if a war is going on between India and stan. As for as his rash remarks as to who asked people to join the army, I think he turned somewhat hazy when repeatedly provoked by the anchors and lost his balance. I have no doubt he will regret that part of the statement soon. But nobody should support that chauvinist Raj Thackray or Shiv Sena or BJP who use all sorts of jingoism and chauvinism to attack other communities, regions and spread nothing but poison in the hearts of the people. They are like pest.
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                                            naresh
                                            Oct 4, 2016 at 9:03 am
                                            I am proud to be supporter of Indian Army ... they are securing you and all over people of the country .... being Indian Respect our people. Otherwise keep quit ..
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