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Om Puri to play Gen Zia-ul-Haq in ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’

Veteran Bollywood actor, Om Puri, will be seen getting in to the skin of the character of General Zia-ul Haq, the late Pakistan President, in the upcoming international venture Charlie Wilson’s War that also stars Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks.

It will be interesting to see how Om Puri will fair as the late General who died in a mysterious airline accident when his plan blew up in mid air back in August 1988.

Charlie Wilson’s War is a 2007 drama film about Democratic Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, who conspired with a rogue CIA operative named Gust Avrakotos to launch an operation to help the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It is based on a 2003 book of the same title by George Crile. The film is directed by Mike Nichols, is written by Aaron Sorkin.

The release date for the movie is December 21, 2007 and has been shot in Morocco.

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14 Responses to “Om Puri to play Gen Zia-ul-Haq in ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’”


  1. 1 misbah
    December 4, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Nice post. this will be interesting movie to watch this christmas

  2. 2 daniyal
    December 4, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    OP as Zia? He doesn’t even look like Zia from any angle. What were they thinking?

  3. December 4, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Om Puri’s face has the staunchness that Zia had…

  4. 5 Lahori
    December 4, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Why couldn’t they find a PAKISTANI to play a PAKISTANI General is my question. If GEO can find silly but strikingly resembling clones to portray Mushy and Shaukat Aziz etc then how hard is it for a Hollywood director to find another General Zia in Pakistan?

  5. 6 hajra
    December 4, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    I loved ‘The Graduate’ and ‘Closer’ from Mark Nichols. Hoping this would be a treat to watch as well.

  6. 7 beenie
    December 4, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Lahori you are so right. We should learn from the Indians and bollywood seriously. They know how to grab an opportunity and we are as usual just sitting ducks. A white guy plays Jinnah and now they pick Zia too from across the border. I don’t have any thing against India or Om Puri for that matter but this should be our call. When was Gandhi ever played by a Pakistani?

  7. December 4, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    I read in “The News” today in the morning.

    I also read that Om Puri wanted some Pakistani national to play Zia’s role…

  8. 9 Agent T
    December 4, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    Brilliant! I hope they give respect to the Gen and don’t portray him as a loser.

  9. 10 a s m a
    December 4, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Oh wow … sounds nice!!!

    I aint a Zia fan but Om puri’s a fine actor – he’ll do justice hopefully!

  10. 11 Skh
    December 5, 2007 at 1:05 am

    Pakistan is only famous for dictators what other Indians can copy let see how om puri copy the Mufti zia-ul-haq(Godfather of taliban)

  11. 12 KK
    December 5, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Pakistan is famous for a lot of other things as well Skh including being a major nuclear power!

  12. June 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I was interviewed by asmallworld.net when the film was released as General Zia was my Grandfather – i wrote it about it on my Blog @ http://omarulhaq.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/interview-w-asw-ouh/

  13. July 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    very nice and intresting post pakisthan-india


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