Om Prakash was an Indian character actor who never played any stereotype character in films and transformed him into a versatile actor and won the appreciation of masses and critics. As a young actor, he appeared in All India Radio and even in stage shows in Jammu. Later, he appeared in stage shows as he had a fascination with music, theater and films. He got his first break in film Daasi and later went to act in films with
Dilip Kumar( Azad),
Raj Kapoor( Sargam) and
Dev Anand( Tere Ghar Ke Samne). He also had a good association with
Kishore Kumar and had acted in seven films together, and this fetched him recognition in Bollywood. In his prolific career acting in 308 movies that spanned over five decade, he produced his style of acting in every film.
Soon he moved to top ratings with films like Padosan, Julie, Anuraag,
Amar Prem, Chirag, Apna Desh, Zanjeer, Sagina, Aa Gale Lag Ja and many more films which found his niche in Hindi cinema.
He also acted as Dilip Kumar’s brother in Gopi. His film career continued successfully into the 1970’s and 1980’s with appearances in many movies including
Chupke Chupke, Annadata, Roti, Khushboo, Alaap, and Phagun. He made numerous appearances in Amitabh Bachchan’s films. After going through the decade, he appeared in many blockbuster movies. Thus he became a household name. He played the role of cunning politician( Apna Desh), alcoholic father( Julie), drunk man( Amar Prem) with ease. Om Prakash’s hilarious act was well sketched as Sharmila Tagore’s brother-in-law. He has acted with all top actors and acclaimed directors. He made his name in comedy and drunkard roles too. He also became the producer, director, and writer. Om Prakash was born on December 19, 1919, in Jammu.
He was married to Prabha but had no children. He was always a very cheerful person in his personal life and had a circle of friends with whom he used to chat and gossip. For this purpose, he had taken an office in Roop Tara Studios in Mumbai too. But later as he was not feeling well, he shifted his office to suburbs of Mumbai.
He died at the age of 79 due to a heart attack on February 21, 1998.