Actor Om Puri being felicitated by Rajesh Khanna. Express archive photo

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.

Karan Johar

Priyanka Chopra

Anupam Kher

Boman Irani

Madhur Bhandarkar

Mahesh Bhatt

Riteish Deshmukh

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:

Followed by our Finance Minister.

Long Live His Filmography, Rest in Peace, sir.

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