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17-03-06, 11:16 PM
Versatile actor Ompuri who has done more than 150 art films and many commercial Hindi films is gearing to play cop in two of his upcoming films. He is playing an Intelligence Officer in Mani Shanker’s thriller ‘Mukhbir’ and a Police inspector in Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Don’. His role of a good cop in Don was originally played by Iftikar. Ompuri has already played a Strict Police Inspector in his previous film Ardhsatya.
Ompuri talks about changing dynamics of Indian cinema and his next releases.
What is your role in Mukhbir?
I play the role of Investigating Officer who opens the entire secret in the end. Though it was a tough job playing this role but still I had a great fun and good experience.
Nowadays almost every Bollywood actor is seeking role in Hollywood Industry. How do you feel after receiving award from British Government for acting abroad? “Certainly you feel good when your work is being appreciated. And more than feeling good, you feel satisfied that you are being appreciated and known for your work across the country.”
You started your career with Arts films but today you are doing commercial cinema only, why? “Today there is no difference between Art Films and Commercial Cinema, because no one is making pure art films today. Nowadays filmmakers are only concentrating on commercial cinema. Directors like Govind Nihalani, Prakash Jha, Rajkumar Santoshi and Maniratnam are the only few ones who are making both kinds of film.
Working in Art films is a pleasure. Plus they are shown in different film festivals and even get awards. However, it’s difficult to rely completely on them as there’s not enough money in it. And still if the producer or director asks me to work in an art film with a challenging script and role, I always put in my genuine efforts and try to give my best to the film.”
The actor is disappointed because of the current trend of big stars doing the meaty character roles. And he certainly is upset with the A-list film makers who come to him only when they make small budget films. “There are hardly any challenging roles coming my way these days. I feel that Indian cinema is missing out on the deeper meaning of cinema.”
Which is your other up coming Films? Khatta Meeta and ‘Maalamaal Weekly are my other recently up-coming movies.”
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