Om Puri, the prolific and internationally renowned Indian actor will appear at Museum of the Moving Image on Sunday, August 3, for a conversation about his career moderated by actress and writer Madhur Jaffrey. The tribute program, presented with clips of Puri’s finest performances, will be followed by a preview screening of The Hundred-Hoot Journey, in which he co-stars with Helen Mirren.
Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress, cookbook author, TV chef and illustrator. She will be hosting this conversation with reknown actor Om Puri at New York City’s Museum of Moving Images. Om Puri is one of India’s most celebrated actors. He won his first Indian National Film Award for his performance in Ardh Satya. Since then, he has starred in both mainstream and arthouse Indian films including Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1987), Dharavi (1992), Maachis (1996), and A.K. 47 (2004), as well as international projects such as the critically acclaimed Gandhi (1982), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), Brothers in Trouble (1995), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), East is East (1999), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), and West is West (2010). He recently starred in Don 2 (2011), Farhan Akhtar’s record-breaking Bollywood epic.
His latest film,The Hundred-Foot Journey, is releasing in the US on August 8. Om Puri was awarded the Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to The British Film Industry in 2004, as well as the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey is a warm, richly textured film, and a showcase for Om Puri, who has a memorable role opposite Helen Mirren,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator. “The evening at the Museum is a great opportunity to pay tribute to one of the world’s most beloved and admired screen actors.”
In The Hundred-Foot Journey, an adaptation of the beloved book by Richard C. Morais and directed by Lasse Hallström, the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is cause for an all-out war between the two establishments. As the patriarch of a family displaced from their native India, Om Puri gives one of his most memorable performances. (2014, 122 mins. DCP courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. With Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Juliet Blake.)
Tickets are $20 public / $12 Museum members and free for Silver Screen members and above. Advance tickets are available online or by phone at 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member, visit http://movingimage.us/support/membership.