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Indian actor Om Puri awarded OBE
Om Puri
Om Puri (centre) in the BBC's Canterbury Tales
Indian actor Om Puri has been awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry.

Speaking to the BBC Hindi service, Om Puri said: "I am very happy and grateful. I have been working [in British films] for the past 10 years.

"It is generous of them to give me this honour even though I am not a citizen."

Om Puri worked on Jewel in the Crown, Gandhi, City of Joy and recently BBC Television's Canterbury Tales, among many others.

The first secretary press and public affairs at the British High Commission in Delhi, Jeff Wilson, confirmed the award.

A committee of British MPs recently called the awards system outdated and a symbol of imperialism.

But Om Puri said: "I have no problems with the empire."

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