Veteran actor Om Puri is no more. He was 66. The actor suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday morning in Mumbai. He was shooting for a film and returned home fine. But his door bell went unanswered on Friday morning which led the driver to raise the alarm. The actor, along with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, was credited for being part of parallel, new-wave cinema that brought change in the film industry back in the 1980s.
Om Puri studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and at the National School of Drama. He was born on October 18, 1950 residing from Ambala in Haryana. Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal. A critically acclaimed actor, Puri featured in films like Ardh Satya and Mirch Masala. He was also awarded Padma Shree Award in 1990.
Om Puri’s sudden death has left the industry in shock and his colleagues have expressed their sadness on Twitter.
PM Narendra Modi:@PMOIndia The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.
Anupam Kher: @AnupamPkher 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.
Boman Irani: @bomanirani RIP Om Puri.
We have lost one of our finest.
A talent, A Voice, A Spirit.
Will miss you Puri Saab.
Riteish Deshmukh: @Riteishd Shocked beyond words to learn that #OmPuri ji is no more. Will miss you sir. Condolences to the family. RIP #HugeLoss
Virender Sehwag: @virendersehwag Condolences on the passing away of one of our finest ever actors #OmPuri