Remembering Om Prakash Ji on his 19th death anniversary.
Om Prakash (19 December 1919–21 February 1998) was a character actor. He was born in Lahore, now Pakistan, as Om Prakash Chibber. He used to play the role of Kamla in the stage play by the famous Dewan Mandir Natak Samaj Koliwada. Starting his career in 1942, he was a popular supporting actor from the 1950s until the 1980s.
Om Prakash played the leading man in films like Dus Lakh, Annadata and Charandas ‘Sadhu aur Shaitan’. His pivotal roles in the films Dil Daulat Duniya, Chupke Chupke, Julie, Joroo Ka Ghulam, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Pyar Kiye Jaa, Padosan and Buddha Mil Gaya are considered to be among his best along with Daddu in Namak Halaal and De Silva in Zanjeer. His roles in ‘Sharabi’, ‘Bharosa’, ‘Tere Ghar Ke Samne’, ‘Mere Humdum Mere Dost’, ‘Loafar’, ‘Dil Tera Diwana’ were also appreciated.
He is known for his roles in comedy films. One of his best performances in his later years were Naukar Biwi Ka, Sharaabi (1984) and Chameli Ki Shaadi, where he played a role that was pivotal for the movie.