Om Shivpuri is an Indian theater actor who was seen playing both good and bad character in Hindi cinema. He began his career in All India Radio of Jaipur where he met
Sudha Shivpuri( later became his wife), and both of them joined National School of Drama in
New Delhi to take a chance in acting. After completion of the course, they opened NSD Repertory Company, which recently celebrated Golden Jubilee. The actor held a position as chief of the company till 1976. Before that, his talent was noticed by Gulzar, who featured him in his subsequent films such as Koshish, Achanak, Mausam, Khushboo, Meera, etc.
But this actor made his debut in Mani Kaul's film ‘Ashadh Ka Ek Din’ in 1971. After this, he was selected as a supporting actor in films of Gulzar,
Hrishikesh Mukherjee or
Shakti Samanta. However, he came to prominence with Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘
Don’ where he effectively played the role of
Vardhan( the Don).
Later, he was seen in many Amitabh Bachchan’s films like ‘Great Gambler’(CID Head), ‘Andha Kanoon’( police commissioner), ‘Geraftaar’( police commissioner), ‘Aakhree Rasta’( DIG Police), etc. With a deep and resonant voice, the actor has gained the reputation of a respected and uncompromising actor and perhaps best known for his chilling performance as ‘Vardhan’ ( film Don). Although he began with serious films of Gulzar like Aandhi and Koshish, he is only of the actor of his generation to have starred in so many films. Although most notable for playing a cameo or special appearances in some movies, Om Shivpuri has portrayed varied characters on screen, most of which were villains too. This elegant and handsome National School of Drama actor also had acted in many plays and theaters with notable personalities such as
Vijay Tendulkar, and Mohan Rakesh. Om Shivpuri’s wife Sudha Shivpuri is also a renowned TV actress who had performed the role of ‘Baa’ in TV series Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
Ritu Shivpuri is also an actor; Om Shivpuri died of heart attack at a young age of 51 in Mumbai on October 15, 1990. This actor was born in Jaipur.