Ram Bhajan Zindabad, featuring actor Om Puri — who died on Friday — will now release in February instead of January 13, says its producer Khalid Kidwai. Om Puri died on Friday morning following a heart attack here. Remembering the National Award winning actor, he said: “It is shocking news for us. We have postponed the release of the film. ‘Ram Bhajan Zindabad’ will be releasing in February. We will be officially announcing the final date within two to three days.”
Kidwai said Om Puri has a central character in the film. “His demise is a big loss for the industry,” he added. The film is a political satire and is directed by Ranjeet Gupta.
Featuring Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Seema Azmi, Ram Sethi and Shweta Bhardwaj among others, the story of the film revolves around Chiraunji village in Uttar Pradesh and shows how lower caste daily wager Ram Bhajan, who wants to earn more money, tries to misuse a government scheme and faces caste politics and corruption.
Om Puri was 66. He is survived by his ex-wife Seema Kapoor, his wife Nandita Puri and their son Ishaan. Puri was discovered at his Lokhandwala residence by his driver, who did not receive a response after he rang the doorbell. Puri had reportedly returned late on Thursday night after a shoot and was alone at home.