Veteran actor Om Puri has passed away, he was found dead at his Mumbai house on Friday morning. He was 66. As confirmed by his friends from the film fraternity the actor succumbed to a major heart attack.
Puri returned home after a film shoot on thrusday evening. The bell to his Lokhandwala’s Oakland Park residence was unanswered on Friday morning which raised alrmed to his driver.
Actor Shabana Azmi later shared on twitter, “OM Puri undergoing postmortem at Cooper Hospital. Will be taken to Trishul around 3pm Funeral at Oshiwara electric crematorium around 6pm.”
The recipient of two National awards and two Filmfare Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Om Puri had anillustrious film career , spanning over four decades
Over an illustrious career spanning four decades, Om Puri acted in over 250 films, his popularity transcending borders and stereotypes.
Anupam Kher, a long-time friend of Om Puri who acted with him in many films and was also known to disagree with him publicly, was among the first to arrive after news of the actor’s death. He said he had last spoken to Om Puri two days ago.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his death. “The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films,” PMO India tweeted.
Born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Railway officer, Om Puri studied at Pune’s famous Film and Television Institute of India. He was also in the class of 1973 at the National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was a fellow student.
Om Puri debuted in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a play by Vijay Tendulkar.
He rose to fame with groundbreaking films like Ardh Satya, Aakrosh and Paar. His popularity straddled mainstream films and what was described in the 1980s as parallel cinema. Fans on Twitter referred to his iconic roles in films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and Maachis.
He played a notable cameo in Richard Attenborough’s 1982 epic “Gandhi“. In the 1990s, he ventured into commercial films that catered to the masses rather than critics.
An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India as well as National School of Drama, Puri was on the forefront of what was called art films movement in the 70s. He has worked in acclaimed films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).
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