Veteran actor Om Puri passes away

RSTV Bureau
File photo of late Om Puri. Photo - Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

File photo of late Om Puri.
Photo – Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

Veteran actor Om Puri passed away at his residence in Mumbai on Friday morning after suffering a massive heart attack.

The 66-year-old critically acclaimed actor is known for his unforgettable performances in cinema classics like “Ardh Satya”, “Aakrosh”, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”, “Mirch Masala” and “City of Joy”, among others.

Puri won two National Awards for “Arohan” and “Ardh Satya” and was also honoured with the Padmi Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award in 1990.

The actor, who was known for his versatility and power-packed performances, made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film “Ghashiram Kotwal” and went on to act in several Indian, Pakistani, British and Hollywood mainstream commercial films.

From Bollywood to Hollywood, from independent to art films, Puri gave several acclaimed performances.

Puri earned international fame with films like “The Hundred Foot Journey”, “City of Joy”, “Gandhi”, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “East Is East”.

Recently, he was seen in movies like the Salman Khan-starrer “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, and “Ghayal Once Again”.

Hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Puri studied at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of the National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was a fellow student.

He is survived by estranged wife Nandita and son Ishsan.

“I am in shock right now. It’s unbelievable. He passed away around 6-6.30 AM. He was lying on the kitchen floor,” Nandita told PTI.

“I can’t talk now. I am at Cooper hospital for the postmortem,” she added.

A lot of condolences poured in for Puri. From politicians to Bollywood actors, everyone paid tribute to the veteran actor.

(With inputs from PTI)