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Om Puri calls Shotgun to understand Zia

Diligent actor that he is, Om Puri was in a fix. "I didn't know how to play the former president of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq in Mike Nichols's Charlie Wilson's War. There's practically no visual document on him which I could consult. In any case, I wouldn't want to imitate the man's physical mannerisms. I just want to get a grip on some of his personality traits to understand the workings of a very clever mind." Om finally consulted Shatrughan Sinha. "He knew Zia-ul -Haq very well, met him many times. Shatrughan told me something very interesting about the Pakistani premiere. He used to laugh a lot. I incorporated that trait into my performance. I didn't want to play him as a caricature. There's always the danger of going over-board. But Zia had to be portrayed as a bargainer

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