Veteran actor Om Puri dies of heart attack at his residence in Mumbai, reported PTI. He acted in many award winning films and was famous for his fine acting.
Aside from his acting prowess, the actor had lately become very vocal on topics of current affairs and social issues. His comments supporting the Pakistani artists working in India had particularly gained publicity making him considerably unpopular among the right-wing Hindutva brigade.
His death has prompted plenty of reactions from Bollywood fraternity.
Actor Anupam Kher tweeted, “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”
Actor Shabana Azmi took to twtter, “Om Puri! You have left us all too early.. i am so so sorry..The fun the laughter the arguments so vividly etched in my mind..Will miss you.”
Director Karan Johar said in Puri’s death cinema had lost a brilliant artist.
“Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist,” Johar tweeted.
Veteran scriptwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar said Puri was not only a great actor but also a brilliant human being.
“It’s really a great loss. Wonderful person, great actor and with such impressive body of work right from Satyajit Ray to any commercial Hindi film to films in US and Pakistan. He played all kind of roles.
“Om puri will be missed as a friend. It’s a bit shocking at the moment and I’m feeling a bit numb. In the moment all of us are taken aback.”
Mahesh Bhatt said, “Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema and life.”
Actor, Kamal Haasan reacted, “So long Omji. Prided myself on being his friend peer & admirer. Who dare say my Om Puri is no more ? He lives through his work.”
Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Om Puri! You have left us all too early.. i am so so sorry..The fun the laughter the arguments so vividly etched in my mind..Will miss you.”
Manoj Bajpai tweeted, “completely shocked to hear that om puri ji is no more.may his soul be blessed with peace!it will take long to come to terms with his demise!”
Several political leaders also expressed grief on Puri’s death.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.”
West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, tweeted, “Saddened at sudden passing of Om Puri Ji. His acting skills were appreciated around the world. Condolences to family, friends fraternity”
Born in Haryana’s Ambala, Puri had graduated from Film and Television Institute of India. His father had served in the Indian army.
He had studied at National School of Drama with actor Naseeruddin Shah being his batch mate.
Some of his famous movies included Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986), Ghayal (1990) and Dharavi (1992).
He had also played a cameo in the Oscar-winning Gandhi. 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.