Older couples too can have a love story, says Om Puri

The star of parallel cinema, Om Puri, romanced Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren in the gastronomic love story The Hundred Foot Journey. The movie has evoked good response and the actor says romantic films with older couples can be a good watch too.

‘I feel even old people can do a nice love story, but here we don't make that kind of films. In the West, such films are being made and they make a nice romance, which is more like compassion,’ the 63-year-old said.

Co-produced by DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and Oprah Winfrey, the culture-clash drama-comedy has been praised by international media as ‘a trip worth taking’.

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom has whipped up an eclectic cast for the The Hundred Foot Journey, which also features Indian American Manish Dayal, Bolllywood actress Juhi Chawla, and Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon.

A screen adaptation of Richard C. Morais' 2010 bestseller of the same name sees Mirren's and Puri's characters as rivals who eventually fall in love with each other.

The actor says the film is about ‘emotions and age.’

‘The film's story is about a French and an Indian restaurateur and their rivalry. It's also about French and Indian culture,’ he said.

‘It's a wonderful film, a very warm film and it also has a parallel love story. It's a different love story, which starts with bitterness and anger and eventually ends in a warm relationship.’

Puri, who has also been part of quite a few Hollywood films in the past, praises the industry for giving a bigger exposure.
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