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Om Puri Says Sorry For His Comments On Indian Soldiers

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Facing sedition charges after making alleged ‘insulting comments” on Indian soldiers, actor Om Puri has now apologised and stated that he deserves punishment.

Puri, who was invited for a debate on Hindi film producers’ ban on Pakistani actors following the September 18 terror strike in Kashmir’s Uri, had said: “Did anybody force them (the soldiers) to join the army?”

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Speaking to reporters after a police complaint was filed, Puri said, “I am very embarrassed at what I said and I deserve punishment, not forgiveness. I first apologise to his (an Uri attack martyr) family, if at all they will forgive me, I apologise to the whole country, the army. I know it’s not justified that you say so much and then think a sorry will make it right.”

A lawyer on Tuesday filed a police complaint against the 65-year-old actor for his alleged insulting comment on Indian soldiers during a news channel debate the previous day. The cops, however, were seeking legal opinion and probing the matter before registering an FIR on the basis of the complaint.

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“I am guilty and I deserve a punishment. I want to be tried by the army, I should be court-martialled. I want a constructive punishment,” Puri said. “The army should teach me how to use weapons and send me on the same site where that brave man was sacrificed himself for the country. I don’t want to be forgiven. I am pleading to the nation I want to be punished.”

There were strong reactions to Puri’s comments. Even his own fraternity condemned him. “Dear #OmPuri ji. Mai aapki bahut izzat karta hoon. Lekin kal tv per desh ke sainik ke baare mein aapki baat sunkar bahut DUKH hua. #VerySad,” tweeted Anupam Kher.

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“What a shame Ompuri! Heard him on tv yesterday and I couldn’t believe my ears What a disgrace! just lost all respect as an actor. #OmPuri,” added Malini Awasthi.


Puri is one of the few Bollywood actors who have worked in a Pakistani film – Actor in Law.

Online Source: Hindustan Times.

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