|Actor Om Puri with wife Nandita in happier times
Mumbai, Aug. 26: Om Puri’s estranged wife Nandita has filed a case of assault and criminal intimidation after the 63-year-old actor allegedly hit her following an argument, police said.
The incident happened when Om Puri dropped in at the couple’s Versova apartment on Thursday evening after a family court asked him to pay Nandita a monthly maintenance.
“He had gone to discuss the issue when they had some argument. She said the actor beat her with a stick in anger around 9pm. She lodged the complaint around 11.30 the same night,” an officer of Versova police station said.
The case has been lodged under IPC Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), and 506 (criminal intimidation). The three sections are punishable with a jail term ranging from one to seven years.
“We will summon Om Puri for questioning soon,” a police officer said.
The couple’s marriage came under strain after Nandita, a former journalist, published Unlikely Hero: The Story of Om Puri in 2009. The actor strongly disagreed with certain sections of the book concerning a relationship he had had when he was single and felt the references were “cheap”.
Following sharp differences, the actor moved out of their Seven Bungalows flat in Versova and began living with his first wife, Seema Kapoor. Seema is the sister of actor Anu Kapoor.
Nandita later alleged that Om Puri, an alumnus of the National School of Drama and the Film and Television Institute of India, was not providing financial support to her and their 15-year-old son, Ishaan. The Padma Shri-winning actor denied the allegations.
Om Puri carved a niche for himself with films like Aakrosh and Ardh Satya. He had a cameo in Richard Attenborough’s highly acclaimed film, Gandhi. He has appeared in Hollywood films such as City of Joy alongside Patrick Swayze, Wolf alongside Jack Nicholson, and The Ghost and the Darkness opposite Val Kilmer.