Veteran actor Om Puri passed away in Mumbai, he was found dead at his home on Friday morning. He was 66. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who was a close friend of the Om puri, first confirmed the sad news of his death on Twitter. Puri returned home last evening after a shoot. Reportedly his door bell went unanswered, following which his driver raised an alarm.
The Padma Shri awardee, studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and at the National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was his classmate. Born on October 18, 1950, hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi movie ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’.
A critically acclaimed actor, Puri 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’.
The acclaimed actor delivered some stellar performances in mainstream commercial Pakistani, Indian and British cinema apart from making a stamp in Hollywood with his roles in ‘City of Joy’, ‘Gandhi’ and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’.
He also appeared in the British TV series Jewel in the Crown, ‘Gandhi’, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and the film City of Joy. Puri was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences. Among those who expressed grief are Anupam Kher – his co-star of many films – Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar and Sujit Sarkar.
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