Om Puri has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema and will forever be remembered for his prolific body of work. After Tubelight, which was released after the senior actor had passed away, another of Puri’s films – Lashtam Pashtam – is all set to hit theatres.

Now, the film’s director Manav Bhalla told a leading daily that that she slashed his remuneration for the film to make it commercially viable.

Manav said, “I wanted to make this film in the true spirit of human relationships and a bond of brotherhood against all odds, despite budgetary concerns. Since I had written the script keeping Omji in mind, I wanted him to hear it. He loved the story so much that he decided to cut his fees. I was touched by his gesture that reflected his generosity and will forever be grateful to this cinema genius, whose kindness was always a part of his persona. The film highlights the values that Omji held dear as a human being and actor — universal peace and harmony. It is aptly set to release this Independence Day weekend. I will forever cherish having worked with Omji on (probably) his last film and my first.”

Lashtam Pashtam will release on August 10.

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