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!
— Naseeruddin Shah (@NaseerudinShah) January 6, 2017
“Gods garden must b beautiful, He always takes the best“ Will miss ur laughter over the shared brandy in Berlin. Will miss u lots Omji. RIP
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 6, 2017
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
So long Omji. Prided myself on being his friend peer & admirer. Who dare say my Om Puri is no more ? He lives through his work.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) January 6, 2017
Sad to hear about the passing away of the very talented Om Puri, my co-actor in many films…heartfelt condolences to the family. #RIP
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 6, 2017
Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our greatest actors #OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened & shocked.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 6, 2017
Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
RIP Om Puri.
We have lost one of our finest.
A talent, A Voice, A Spirit.
Will miss you Puri Saab.
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) January 6, 2017
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) January 6, 2017
RIP Om puri .. interactions with you were always full of life.. you were one of the finest artist we are proud of..
— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) January 6, 2017
Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema & life ?
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 6, 2017
It’s a sad day for cinema … we just lost one of our greats… gone but will never be forgotten … #RIPOmPuri Saab …
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) January 6, 2017
Omji… I will miss that warm tight hug that you gave me every morning on set. Khudahafiz sir… you were the best!
— Kabir Khan (@kabirkhankk) January 6, 2017