Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Om Shivpuri was a well acclaimed theatre actor and director who later became a Hindi film actor. He brilliantly portrayed character roles and villain roles   in large number of films for two decades.
He was born in Rajasthan in  the year 1938 and got polished his  intrinsic acting talents from the National School of Drama, New Delhi.At the NSD he had contemporaries  like Roshan Seth,Pankaj Kapoor,Sushma Seth etc.He led National School of Drama Repertory setup in 1964 and acted in their dramas also.He directed 'Tuglaq' a play written by Girish Karnad in 1965 which was first staged at National School of Drama.
His  wife Sudha Shivpuri was also a student of National School of Drama  in the same batch and later they worked together at Jaipur Radio Station and participated together in Radio plays etc.They got married in 1968 and both of them together started a  theatre  group by name 'Dishantar' and Om Sivpuri directed several plays which were all successes.For all the shows of their plays there were heavy rush and tickets were usually sold in black also. 
Om Shivpuri  entered films in 1971 by Mani Kaul's film 'Ashad Ka Ek Din' followed by Gulzar's 'Koshish' in 1972.In the critically acclaimed hit film 'Koshish' which told the story of a  deaf-mute couple and they  were depicted by Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri in an exceptional manner. As a supporting actor Om Shivpuri added much contribution in this film  as a blind man who was  a friend of those  couple.
There after in a career spanning for two decades he depicted strong characters like 'Jamindars,Smuggler,Doctor,Paternal Uncle,Father of hero or heroine,Police Inspector,Police Commissioner,Military Officers' etc etc.
He played  important roles in 31 films of Rajesh Khanna.
Om Shivpuri acted in more than 175 Hindi films in his career in varied roles.
In the film 'Namak Haram' he acted along with Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna and the film was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
In the critically acclaimed film 'Aandhi'(75) directed by Gulzar Om Shivpuri acted as 'Chandrasen'.
He acted in a cameo role as Inspector  in 'Sholay'.

In the hit film 'Balika Badhu' he acted as hero Amal's(Sachin) father.
He acted as College Principal in Kitab(77) and 'Swarg Narak'(78).He  played the role of a priest in 'Karm'(77).
In the film 'Dhyanu Bhagat(78) directed by Dara Singh he depicted Emperor Akbar.
In the film 'Saboot' he acted along with the pair Navin Nischol and Vidya Sinha.
He acted along with Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in the super hit film 'Bandish' which was directed by K.Bapaiah.
In the super hit film of Rajesh Khanna and Tina Munim 'Fifty Fifty'(1981) he acted in the role as 'Bihari'.
He was CBI Officer in the Jeetendra-Hema Malini pair film 'Meri Awaz Suno' in 1981.
In the film 'Disco Dancer' of Mithun Chakraborthy in 1982 he acted as Manager P.N.Oberoi.
He was Police Commissioner in 1991 film 'Khilaf' and in 1993 film 'Police Wala'.
His daughter Ritu Shivpuri is a Bollywood actress and son Vineet Shivpuri is assistant film director.His wife Sudha Shivpuri acts in TV serials at present.
Om Shivpuri died on 15th October 1990 at Mumbai due to heart attack.
Selected Filmography
Ashad Ka Ek Din
Namak Haram
Pati Patni Aur Woh
Swarg Narak
Phir Wohi Raat
The Burning Train
Meri Awaz Suno
Fifty Fifty
Teesri Aankh
Painter Babu
Asdha Kanoon
Disco Dancer
The Adventures of Tarzan
Alag Alag
Saveray Wali Gaadi
Sitapur Ki Geeta
Zakhmi Aurat
Mitti Aur Sona
Amiri Garibi
Khooni Raat
Police Wala
Aakhri Sanghursh

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