Veteran actor and Padmashiri awardee Om Puri, has died of a sudden heart attack early morning today.
Born on October 8, 1950, Om Puri has appeared in mainstream commercial Pakistani, Indian, British and Hollywood, Independent films and Art films.
He was also awarded an honourary OBE for his contribution to British film industry in 2014.
Veteran actor Om Puri, gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence here this morning after a massive heart attack.
He was 66.
"He passed away this morning due to a massive heart attack at his residence in suburban Andheri. It's shocking," a family source said.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Puri's demise and recalled his long career in theatre and films.
Bollywood celebrities, including Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar and Mahesh Bhatt expressed grief over Puri's demise, calling it a huge loss to Indian cinema.
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.
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.
The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 6, 2017
Solid actor....Solid filmography....immense talent.... #RIPOmPuri ....cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
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