Mumbai: Actor Rajesh Puri who shot to fame as Lallu a.k.a Lalit Prasad in a drama series titled as ‘Hum Log’ on Doordarshan in 1984 has featured in other television serials like ‘Yeh Duniya Gazab Ki’, ‘Amrapali’, ‘Buniyaad’, ‘Parvarish’ and many others. He has also acted in feature films like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’, ‘Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet’, ‘Dil’, etc. and has therein equally earned laurels too.
These days Rajesh Puri is seen in a new serial titled ‘Kasam’ aired on Colors. He is playing the father of the heroine in it. A graduate from National School of Drama, Puri is passionate about theatre and is his first love for this medium. Meanwhile, he is playing memorable roles in ‘Wrong Number’ and Vindu Dara Singh’s comedy drama ‘Golmaal – The Play’, which staged its second show on May 26 at Rang Sharda in Bandra (West),Mumbai.
Vindu Dara Singh the producer and actor of this play shared an insight report of Rajesh Puri’s illness at the time of rehearsals. Vindu Dara Singh informs, “All the actors were rehearsing for the play. 10-days prior to the premiere show of our play, Rajesh Puri fell critically ill. On diagnosis it was found that there was 100 per cent blockage in one of his arteries and 95 per cent in the other which flows blood into the brain and heart. The doctors advised him to get admitted in the hospital and to be operated immediately or it may cost his life. In its midst another play ‘Wrong Number’ was to be staged in Kanpur and Delhi respectively. The tickets for the show were sold and it was publicized heavily too. Rajesh Puri took the requisite medications from his doctor and went to perform at the shows in both the places. After concluding the show in Delhi, he went for a check-up at Gangaram Hospital where even the doctors advised him to get operated as early as possible. He called up his family members who administered all facilities for the operations at Kokila ben Hospital and was brought directly there from the airport.”
“After being operated upon, Puri on the third day who was sent home began rehearsing for our play ‘Golmaal – The Play’ with me and the other co-stars Sheeba, Payal Goga Kapoor, Lakhbir Lahiri, Surleen Kaur and Akashdeep at his residence. The next day the show was staged at Rang Sharda, was premiered at Rang Sharda which turned out to be super hit”, Vindu added.
Rajesh Puri says, “For me nothing is bigger than commitment not even life. My absence would have hampered the play and the organisers and producers would have to bear heavy losses. It would have also tarnished my name and fame. As you say, the show must go on…. Like how we think about our profits and losses; likewise, we have to have the same opinion for the others. We actors are here because of the producers and vice versa. Thus you have to think of others. By the grace of God all is well.”
‘Golmaal – The Play’ is a satirical comedy Hindi drama highlight the truth about today’s education and its system. The play is being staged once again on 2nd June 2018 at Kamani Auditorium,1,Copernicus Marg,New Delhi-1 at 4:30 PM & & 7:30 PM and we can catch up with Rajesh Puri and his slice of acting in the play.