Om Puri, one of the most versatile actors in India and Padma Shri winner, has died at 66. Tweets this morning announced that he had died of a heart attack. The veteran actor starred in several award winning Indian movies and also featured in crossover ventures.
Om Puri had made his mark in mainstream, Indian and International films during the entire course of his career. Different cine-goers have different favourite films of the actor, while his most famous films have been Maqbool, Chachi 420, East is East, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Maachis, Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha, Yuva, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and most recently, he gave his voice for the Hindi version of The Jungle Book as Bagheera.
Here’s what the film industry, and Twitterati are saying:
Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
— Ashok Garekar (@DrGarekar) January 6, 2017
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.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 6, 2017
— Debasis Basak (@iDebasisB) January 6, 2017
So many unforgettable performances, that will outlive all of us. What a legend! — VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) January 6, 2017
Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 6, 2017
Om Puri, along with Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, were among the critically-acclaimed actors who thrived in what was then referred to as art cinema, defining films like Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).He also played a cameo in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi”. In the 1990s, he ventured into popular Hindi cinema.