Veteran actor Om Puri passes away, film industry mourns the loss

Gursshheen Gahllen | Jan 6, 2017 14:14

Om Puri

Sixty-six-year-old veteran actor Om Puri passed away today in the morning in Mumbai. As per the reports, Puri returned back home late in the evening yesterday after a shoot. His door bell went unanswered Friday morning after which Puri’s driver raised an alarm. The family of the actor has confirmed that Puri passed away because of a massive heart attack.

Om Puri, one of the most versatile actors of the Hindi Cinema, was born in Ambala, Haryana on October 18, 1950. Puri completed his education at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Puri was also an alumni of 1973 batch of National School of Drama, wherein his fellow classmate was Naseeruddin Shah.

Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the same name by Vijay Tendulkar and gradually won people’s hearts after entering the Hindi Film Industry.

A Padma Shri Award winning actor, Puri in a career spanning four decades starred in several award winning movies and also featured in crossover ventures. His memorable performances in films like  Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982),  Ardh Satya (1983), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), Maachis (1996), China Gate (1998), Hera Pheri (2000), etc., made him one of the most respected actors of the Indian film industry.

Puri also contributed a lot in American and British productions. He played a cameo in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and starred in Hollywood films like City of Joy (1992), opposite Patrick Swayze; Wolf (1994) with Jack Nicholson; and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) opposite Val Kilmer. His last Hollywood outing was The Reluctant Fundamentalist in 2012 starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. He also played the role of General Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson’s War in 2007, which starred Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In 2004, Puri was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry.

Om Puri sahab may be gone but he will live forever in our hearts through his memorable performances and his heavy voice will keep resonating in our ears for years to come!