Biography: When Omkar Das Manikpuri, stage and film actor, lost his father at an early age, he was forced to drop out of school and join the local theatre. He became a performer in Nacha, the local form of folk theatre. This was his training in acting, music and mimicry. He later went on to join Naya Theatre founded by Habib Tanvir. Here, he performed classics such as Agra Bazaar, Charandas Chor, and Kamdev ka Apna Basant Ritu ka Sapna and Sadak. He made his film debut in Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live where he played the lead role of Natha.