Veteran actor Om Puri has been receiving backlash from millions of Indians after he made derogatory comments on Indian soldiers. He made the statement during a television debate regarding the ban of Pakistani artistes in Bollywood following the Uri attack that took the lives of 19 Indian Army jawans.
Puri had said: "Who had asked the soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?" He added that India should prepare 15-20 suicide bombers and send them to Pakistan. His statement obviously didn't go down well with millions of Indian citizens.
Many took to social media to slam Puri, including his colleague from the film fraternity Anupam Kher. Now, a popular television actor, Karan Patel of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein fame has snubbed Puri on Twitter.
"Mr. Om puri (actor) this isnt #ChinaGate #Film ... so kindly shut the fu*k up and keep the bizarre suggestions to yourself. Kuch kaam karlo (do some work)," he tweeted. Karan's comment invited mixed response from his fans with some supporting him, while a few favoured Puri.
Meanwhile, a complaint has been filed against Puri at Andheri police station in Mumbai for his insensitive comments on the soldiers. Soon after the complaint, Puri apologised for his comment and stated that he deserves punishment.
"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," the actor was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.