That Om Puri was a detailed good friend of Naseeruddin Shah is nicely-recognized, however little is thought concerning the time when the ‘Ardh Satya’ actor saved the latter’s life throughout a knife assault.
The incident throughout which Jaspal, one among Shah’s former pals, stabbed him with a knife at a restaurant, finds point out in Shah’s autobiography ‘And Then One Day: A Memoir’. Shah writes within the e book that Puri, who handed away not too long ago following a cardiac arrest, had jumped throughout their dinner desk, subdued the attacker to stop additional strikes, took Shah to the hospital in a police van, and saved his life.
“Whereas the taking pictures for ‘Bhumika’ (1977) was on, Om and I have been in the midst of dinner when Jaspal, whom I had stored effectively away from for a while now, additionally entered and greeted Om. We ignored one another however, eyes mounted on me, he handed to sit down on one other desk behind me, so I believed.”
“After some time, I used to be reminded of his presence by what felt like a brief sharp punch in the midst of my again. I began to rise, wearily making ready myself for one more free-for-all. Earlier than I might transfer, Om with a strangled cry lunged at one thing behind me. I turned to see Jaspal holding a small knife, its level dripping blood, his hand raised to strike once more, and Om and two others grappling to subdue him,” he narrates the episode within the ebook.”
As a debilitated Shah struggled with ache, Puri handled Jaspal and argued with the resort supervisor who refused Shah to be taken to the hospital till the police arrived.
“Om returned to tell me that Jaspal had been taken to the kitchen and was being given the remedy. He wished to take me to a physician however was thwarted by the restaurant workers refusing to allow us to transfer until the police arrived.”
“A sizeable crowd had collected by now, the muscle in my again was starting to enter spasm, blood was soaking my shirt again and had begun its progress down my trouser seat,” Shah writes within the guide. He recollects how Puri had riled the policemen by climbing into the police van with out permission earlier than the “Ishqiya” actor was taken to the hospital in a bleeding situation.
“Om made the cardinal error of climbing in as properly with out permission and managed to rile the boss-man, thereby asking the cops to be mild with me. He was ordered to get off and after appreciable pleading with the goon in cost was allowed to remain. Neither of us had an concept the place we had been headed however I prayed it was not the police station.”
“The bleeding had not seized, the ache was getting intense and these cops clearly had not fairly understood the state of affairs. After a number of cursory inquiries to us, and a few garbled transmissions over the radio in Marathi, we arrived at Cooper Hospital in Juhu,” the memoir notes.
Shah stated he was grateful to his “guardian angel” that Puri was current throughout the incident to take cost and save his life.
Each actors, who have been among the many most distinguished faces of the ‘new wave cinema'(Eighties), not solely labored collectively in a number of movies like “Maqbool” and “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”, but in addition studied collectively on the Nationwide College of Drama (NSD) and Pune’s Movie and Tv Institute (FTII).