By Subhash K. Jha, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Om Puri's latest international project Charlie Wilson's War directed by Mike Nichols of Silkwood and Closer fame has just been released abroad. In this war epic, Om plays the former Pakistani President Zia-Ul-Haq. "It turned out to be a very small role. But Mike Nichols is a 'huge' director. At first, I refused the role because of its brevity. But he insisted, and I couldn't say no. Besides when would I get a chance to work with Hollywood legends like Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, and the enormously gifted Philip Seymour Hoffman?"
Incidentally, Irrfan Khan is also a great admirer of Seymour. Says Om, "Hoffman is a real talent…Charlie Wilson's War is doing well.