Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah were close friends and had known each other for more than 4 decades. He recalled the time in 1977 when Om Puri saved Naseeruddin Shah’s life.
“While the shooting for Bhumika was on, Om and I were in the middle of dinner when Jaspal, whom I had kept well away from for some time now, also entered and greeted Om. After a while, I was reminded of his presence by what felt like a short sharp punch in the middle of my back. Before I could move, Om with a strangled cry lunged at something behind me. I turned to see Jaspal holding a small knife, its point dripping blood, his hand raised to strike again, and Om and two others grappling to subdue him,” he narrates the incident in the book.
“Om returned to inform me that Jaspal had been taken to the kitchen and was being given the treatment. He wanted to take me to a doctor but was thwarted by the restaurant staff refusing to let us move till the police arrived. A sizeable crowd had collected by now, the muscle in my back was beginning to go into spasm, blood was soaking my shirt back and had begun its progress down my trouser seat,” Shah writes in the book.
Shah was then taken to the hospital in immense pain and was treated in time to avoid any long term effects of the injury.