Om Prakash was a famous Indian supporting actor who gained popularity in the nineteenth century. He is famous for his cameo roles in movies like Dil Daulat Duniya (1972), Gopi (1970), Apna Desh (1972) to name a few., Chupke Chupke (1975), Julie (1975), Jor Ka Ghulam (1972), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973), Pyaar Kiye Jaa (1966), Padosan (1968) and Buddha Mil Gaya (1971).
Om Prakash was born on 19 December 1919 (age 78 years; at the time of death) in Jammu, India. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius and his birth name was Om Prakash Chhibber. Om Prakash joined All India Radio in the year 1937 at a monthly salary of Rs 37. His radio programs were popular in Punjab and were mainly known as “Fateh Din”. Om Prakash was also a member of the famous Dewan Mandir Natak Samaj, where she played the role of Kamala.
Om Prakash got his first break in film when he was entertaining guests at a wedding, where he caught the attention of a renowned filmmaker, Dalsukh M. Pancholi. She was urged to visit Dalsukh Pancholi’s office in Lahore, where she was offered a role in the film Daasi. He was paid only Rs 80 for participating in the film, but the recognition he got would be a lifetime achievement.
From the 1950s to the 1980s, he was recognized as the Best Supporting Actor in a Film. Om Prakash has appeared in a large number of Hindi films and is known for his comedic performances. His amazing performances in films like Sharabi, Bharosa, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Mere Humdum Mere Dost, Loafer and Dil Tera Deewana are highly appreciated.
Height (approx.): 5’6
Weight (approx): 80 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
Not much is known about Om Prakash’s parents. Pachhi, an actor and director, is known to be the brother of Om Prakash.
After Partition, Om Prakash came to Delhi and then to Bombay (now Mumbai), where his versatile acting was noticed by Baldev Raj Chopra, a film journalist and critic. He was later advised to start his acting career. Although Om Prakash went through a lot of struggles, he got his first break as a villain in the film Lakhpati. His role as a villain was praised and further he got the opportunity to act in films such as Lahore (1949), Char Din (1949), and Raat Ki Rani (1949).
Om Prakash was a versatile actor and his exceptional acting gave him a unique personality in the film industry. He was known to play each and every role perfectly whether it was the role of the house or the old man in love. Despite working with loud actors such as Azad (1955) with Dilip Kumar and Sargam (1950) with Raj Kapoor, he was distinguished for his performances in films. Om Prakash’s popular movies are Howrah Bridge (1958), Dus Lakh (1966), Pyaar Kiya Jaa (1966), Padosan (1968), Sadhu Aur Shaitan (1968), Dil Daulat Duniya (1972), Chupke Chupke (1975), and Jasmine Ki Shaadi (1986).
Gopi (1970) is regarded as his best acting film, in which he played Dilip Kumar’s elder brother. After working with Om Prakash in this film, Dilip Kumar said:
I was scared only once in my acting career and it was during Gopi when Om Prakashji’s performance made a huge impact on me
Om Prakash generally played cameo roles in the film. Om Prakash proved himself as a multi-skilled actor with a record of 307 films in his lifetime.
In 1968, Om Prakash was given the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for the film Dus Lakh (1966).
Om Prakash died of a heart attack at home at the age of 78. He was then taken to Lilavati Hospital, where he suffered another heart attack, due to which he went into a coma, from where he never came back. He died on 21 February 1998.
Facts / Trivia
- Om Prakash moved to Bombay at the age of fourteen to pursue his acting profession. However, he was unable to secure any film role and returned to Jammu.
- Om Prakash is said to have overshadowed the role of Dilip Kumar in the film Gopi through his extraordinary acting.
- Om Prakash had a career spanning 50 years in the film industry.
- Om Prakash had a very friendly relationship with Amitabh Bachchan.
- Om Prakash has also produced a few films like Sanjog (1961), Jahaan Ara (1964), and Gateway of India (1957).