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One of the finest actors of the Hindi film industry, Mr Om Prakash Puri, passed away this morning due to a heart attack. The Padma Shri Awardee was 66 years old and was last seen in the movies Ghayal Once Again and The Jungle Book.
As the nation wakes up in shock with this news, Bollywood biggies have once again come together to pay their homage to the veteran actor, reminiscing his acting prowess, his strong dialogues and a look back at his entire film career spanning American, British, Pakistani and Indian films.
In brief, Om Puri debuted in Ghashiram Kotwal, a Marathi film and Godhuli, his mainstream Bollywood debut where he delivered stellar performances. He was lauded for his strong characters such as The Hundred Foot Journey, City of Joy, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Ardh Satya, Kirdar, Mumbai Xpress and Rang De Basanti.
He is survived by his wife Nandita Puri and their son, Ishaan. #RIPOmPuri
Here’s what Bollywood tweeted this morning after filmmaker Ashoke Pandit first declared the news of his death.
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
Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
The end of an era …. The legacy lives on.. RIP #OmPuri
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 6, 2017
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.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 6, 2017
RIP Om Puri.
We have lost one of our finest.
A talent, A Voice, A Spirit.
Will miss you Puri Saab.
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) January 6, 2017
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) January 6, 2017
Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema & life ?
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 6, 2017
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) January 6, 2017
It is but a very big loss for at least three generations of Indians that has seen him laugh, cry, speak his heart out in the movies and also as a celebrated theatre personality in Mumbai.
Here’s what our Prime Minister said:
The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 6, 2017
Followed by our Finance Minister.
Saddened by the demise of veteran actor Om Puri, his death is an irreparable loss to Indian cinema.May God render peace to the departed soul
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) January 6, 2017