In the wake of sedition charges after his comments on Indian martyrs and jawans, veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri has apologised to the maryred soldiers, their families and to the entire nation.
Om Puri was a panel member during a debate on IBN 7 on the topic of Hindi film producers’ ban of the Pakistani artists in Bollywood, in retrospection of terror attack in Uri which led to death of 19 soldiers. He questioned the good in sending Pakistani artists back, but all hell broke loose when in response to the anchor’s question, “What about our martyrs?”, he responded with, “Who asked them to join the Army?”
The statement followed heavy criticism on social media, where even his Bollywood buddies lashed out on him. One of them was Anupam Kher.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) October 4, 2016
An infuriated Mumbai-based lawyer has lodged a complaint against Om Puri on October 4 in Andheri police station for his alleged insulting comment on Indian army men on the debate.
In response to the law suit, Om 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.” He said he felt guilty and deserved punishment, as a trial by the Army demanding constructive punishment.
“The Army should teach me how to use weapons and send me on the same site where that brave man sacrificed himself for the country. I don’t want to be forgiven. I am pleading to the nation. I want to be punished,” Puri added.
As police seeks legal opinion and readies itself to investigate the matter before registering an FIR, Om Puri’s apology might put controversy to rest.