Veteran actor Om Puri passes away at 66; nation mourns his demise

Om Puri, Passed away, 66, Mumbai, condoled, Bollywood, Hollywood

In a massive shock to the entertainment industry, Bollywood’s one of the finest actor Om Puri, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, passed away at the age of 66 on Friday morning after a massive heart attack.

“He passed away this morning due to a massive heart attack at his residence in suburban Andheri. It’s shocking,” a family source said.

From Bollywood to Hollywood, from independent to art films, the noted actor, known for his versatility, gave several acclaimed performances.

Puri featured in several Indian, Pakistani, British and Hollywood mainstream commercial films.

He was awarded the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, in 1990.

Born in Ambala, Haryana, in a Punjabi family, Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student.

Meanwhile, celebrities from all fraternities condoled the death of the actor:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Akshay Kumar

Anupam Kher

Mahesh Bhatt

Sunny Deol

Karan Johar

Mohammad Kaif

Kabir Khan

Shoojit Sircar

Rajyavardhan Rathore

Arun Jaitley

Sonia Gandhi

He made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film “Ghashiram Kotwal”.

Some of his most notable films include “Bhavni Bhavai”, “Sandgate, “Ardh Satya”, “Mirch Masala”, “Dharavi”, “Aakrosh”, “Ardh Satya”, “Maachis”, “Gupt”, “Dhoop”, “Yuva”, “Don”, “Agneepath”, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and others.

He earned international fame in many British films, such as “My Son the Fanatic”, “East Is East”, “The Parole Officer” and others.

He also appeared in Hollywood films like “City of Joy”, “Wolf”, “The Ghost and the Darkness” among others.


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