Veteran actor Om Puri says Indian film-makers do not write roles for older actors in the industry and this leaves them with no choice other than retiring from the profession. Comparing Hollywood with Bollywood, he says that the former is far superior. “There are not many roles written for older actors and it becomes difficult to get exciting work in our industry. In the West, there are roles specifically written for older actors, but Indian cinema doesn’t have space for such things” said Puri. He further added, “They take stars. I am not a star… not commercially at least. I have been a good actor, but not a commercial star. For other big actors, films like Sarkar are being made. I have never got a crore for a film.” The 63 -year-old Puri will be seen in The Hundred-Foot Journey, an upcoming American comedy-drama film alongside Juhi Chawla and Helen Mirren.
Om Puri is optimisitc and feels that there is a new breed of Indian film-makers who are passionate about cinema and perhaps they will lead the way to create diversified roles. The veteran actor is not entirely disenchanted with the way Bollywood treats senior actors. He believes, he has had a good run and must reconcile with his growing age.
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