Watch Om Puri’s tearful apology, but it fails to satisfy ‘nationalist’ anchors

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Veteran actor Om Puri had found himself embroiled in a hugely controversy after he made an insensitive remarks on the death of Indian soldiers, killed in Uri attack. 

A complaint was filed against him for allegedly disrespecting Indian soldiers in a recent television show.

Om Puri

The popular actor had apologised saying he was guilty and did not wish to be forgiven for his remark.

A TV channel had called Puri to join a debate about the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association’s (IMPPA) indefinite ban on Pakistani artistes from working in Indian projects after the Uri attack.

During the discussion, Puri had reportedly said, “Who had asked soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?”

Puri, on the same TV show, on Tuesday said that he is embarrassed over his comment and an apology can never be enough for it.

He then released an incredibly moving video expressing his deep remorse while asking the law enforcing authorities to jail him and make him go through rigorous punishment.

In the video, Puri explains how he was rattled by the channel’s anchor’s deliberate attempts to not allow him to speak prompting him to make insensitive comments.

Puri also appeared on Times Now channel to reiterate just how sorry he was on his mistake, adding that his father was a soldier while he too dreamt of joining the army.

But his clarification did not appear enough for the channel’s editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami, who’s lately earned the reputation of being the flag-bearer of the right-wing ideology in India.

(You can watch the interview below)

The pro-government Indian TV channels’ ire against Puri appear to emanate from the latter’s support for Pakistani actors working in Bollywood.

Puri and director Nagesh Kukunoor had come out in support of Pakistani actors, saying art and politics should be kept separate and banning the artistes will not change the situation.

Puri said Pakistani artistes are not working illegally here and if they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses.

“When the government is taking an action, we all should stay quiet. It hardly matters if we send back the artistes from Pakistan, who are working here, or let them stay. I have been to Pakistan six times and have met people from all strata,” the 65-year-old actor said.

Not so long ago, the actor had angered BJP leadership and journalists sympathetic to the saffron party by saying that he preferred AAP over the BJP adding that Kejriwal’s party was doing a great job in Delhi.

Speaking to ABP News’ Press Conference, Puri said that he hoped the Arvind Kejriwal government didn’t run away like the way it did during its 49-day rule.

When asked who he would choose between AAP and the BJP, Puri said, “Good luck to you (AAP). You’ve done a great job and I hope you keep doing it and don’t run away the last time. Remember!”

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