Veteran actor Om Puri’s death left his fans and friends in Bollywood shocked. The actor passed away early on Friday morning after suffering a massive heart attack. The actor was 66.
An actor par excellence who has worked in Indian films across various languages, Pakistani, Hollywood and British films, Om Puri’s death left his friends and colleagues shocked. Tributes for the actor started flowing immediately after the news of demise broke. Aamir Khan, Anupam Kher, Mahesh Bhatt, Soni Razdan, Boman Irani were the first few to take to Twitter.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who was a close friend of the actor, first confirmed the sad news of his demise on Twitter.
Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 6, 2017
The Padma Shri awardee, studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and at the National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was his classmate. Born on October 18, 1950, hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’.
A critically acclaimed actor, Puri featured in films like ‘Ardh Satya’, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ and ‘Mirch Masala’. More recently, he was seen in the movies, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Ghayal Once Again’.
Puri also had a meaty and memorable role opposite Helen Mirren in Steven Spielberg’s 2014 American comedy drama ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’.
The acclaimed actor delivered some stellar performances in mainstream commercial Pakistani, Indian and British cinema apart from making a dent in Hollywood with his roles in ‘City of Joy’, ‘Gandhi’ and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’.