Veteran Indian actor Om Puri passed away after suffering a massive heart attack early on the morning of 6 January 2017 at his residence in Andheri. He was 66. A pioneer in parallel cinema, 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'.
Born on October 18, 1950, hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal. An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India as well as National School of Drama, Puri worked in acclaimed films like Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992). Puri was critically acclaimed for his performances in Aakrosh (1980), Ardh Satya (1982) for which he got the National Film Award for Best Actor. In following years he appered in number of movies like Maachis (1996), Gupt (1997), Dhoop (2003) etc.
Om Puri equally contributed in television industry and worked in notable television serials including Bharat Ek Khoj, Yatra, Mr. Yogi, Kakaji Kahin, Sea Hawks, Antaral to name few. His credits also include appearances in American films. Apart from serious roles, he will be also remembered for his memorable comic roles in films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Chor Machaye Shor (2002) and Malamaal Weekly (2006). A versatile actor he looked genuine either in serious or comic character roles. In his long acting career he worked with many big names of Bollywood and Hollywood. He was seen in films like Singh Is Kinng, Billu, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Ghayal Once Again.
Om Puri died on of a heart attack at his residence. News about his death came as a rude shock to his fan and followers His death was mourned by many notable personalities who took twitter to express their grief.
PMO India: The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.
N Chandrababu Naidu: Deeply saddened after hearing about the the demise of one of India's finest actors #OmPuri ji. My condolences to his family & well wishers.
Sanjay Nirupam: Shocked too know abt sudden demise of actor #OmPuri.He was one of the greatest actors of our era,sensitive human being & a good friend. #RIP
Vinod Tawde: With the passing of veteran actor #OmPuri ji, the powerhouse of talent & his renowned baritone voice now falls silent! Deeply saddened! RIP!
Anupam Kher: #OmPuri lent dignity to d medium he worked for. Whether it was stage, TV or cinema. He elevated status of the projects was associated with.
I have known #OmPuri for d last 43yrs. For me he’ll always b a great actor, a kind & generous man. And that is how world shud remember him.
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.
Aamir Khan: Very sad.We have lost one of the finest actors of Indian cinema. Rip #OmPuri
Boman Irani: RIP Om Puri.
We have lost one of our finest.
A talent, A Voice, A Spirit.
Will miss you Puri Saab.
Virender Sehwag: Condolences on the passing away of one of our finest ever actors #OmPuri
Mohammad Kaif: My deepest condolences on the passing away of one of the most versatile actors of Indian Cinema , #OmPuri ji
Kamal Haasan: 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.
Akshay Kumar: 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
Priyanka Chopra: The end of an era .... The legacy lives on.. RIP #OmPuri
Huma Qureshi: It's such a sad day .. so much talent , humour, generosity and such compassion.. You will be missed much #OmPuri Abba
Om Puri is survived by his wife Nandita Puri and a son named Ishaan.
Spouse: Nandita Puri
(FAN OF Shri OM PURI)
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