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, the police reportedly did not suspect any foul play when they found his body in his apartment.
Later, his producer friend, Khalid Kidwai stated to the police that Mr. Puri was quite disturbed the night before his death and went to meet his ex-wife Nandita Puri and their son, Ishaan at their apartment.
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.
This is so unfortunate. We hope the truth is out soon enough.