Om Puri’s death following a heart attack shocked the country last week, and many from the film industry mourned the death of the legendary actor. While the post mortem reports suggested that he did not have a natural death.When the police arrived at Puri’s residence in Oshiwara, his body was found lying on the floor, with an injury on his head.
The police didn’t take the case seriously even when they sensed a foul play in the actor’s death. Well! looks like now there is a twist in the tale. Om Puri’s driver cum friend Khalid Kidwai released a statement that might provoke curiosity amongst the nation.
In his statement, Kidwai has mentioned that Om Puri was extremely disturbed the night before he passed away. He said, “Om Puri wanted to meet his son Ishan on Thursday evening. So we (Kidwai and Om Puri) went to Trishul building where his ex-wife Nandita lives with Ishan but were unable to meet them as both Nandita and Ishan had gone for a party.”
He further added, “Om Puri then had an argument over the phone with Nandita and asked them to come soon as he wanted to meet his son. He poured a drink in his glass and waited for almost 45 minutes at Nandita’s flat. But when they did not turn up, he took the glass and liquor bottle and started drinking in the car. After finishing the drink, we left.”
Om Puri with second wife Nandita and son Ishan
Following all the speculations surrounding his alleged unnatural death, Nandita finally broke her silence and told a leading daily:
“We were supposed to go for Pankaj Kapur’s daughter, Sana, and Pahwa’s son, Mayank’s engagement ceremony. Om called me and by the time we got there, he reached my house. He went up to my mom and said, “kya budhia, kyun sadd rahi hai yahan. Tu bhi mere saath swarg chal.” He was in high spirits. He called me again and said, “Tum aur Ishaan jaldi aa jao.“ I told him we’d see him later. When he called me again, I told him, “It’s too late, we’ll see you tomorrow.” Ishaan and I still regret not seeing him that day. Ishaan was going to be with him on January 8, 9 and 10 for the shooting of Tubelight, and they were to head to Khandala from there”.
“We were not divorced and are still legally married. We had a separation. Trishul is his home and my marital home. By the Hindu law, he was allowed one wife. It can be an ex-wife and a current wife. Om had only one wife. He helped his nephews and strangers, but now when his son needs him, he is gone. I’ll miss him terribly because he is a habit. I have spent the longest part of my life with him more than my son or my parents” Nandita added.