Veteran actor Om Puri dies after a massive heart attack early on Friday morning at the age of 66. Confirming the news, filmmaker Ashok Pandit, a close friend of Puri took to twitter and wrote, “Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.”
The veteran actor’s body is at his residence in Andheri. His old friends and colleagues from Bollywood have arrived to pay their last respects.
The actor has appeared in several mainstream Bollywood films as well as Pakistani, British and Hollywood movies. The ace actor has also received an OBE as well as Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.
Mahesh Bhatt tweeted, “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?”
A former student of Film and Television Institute of India and National School of Drama, Puri was on the forefront of what was called art films movement in the 70s era. He has contributed in many acclaimed films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).
Puri has contributed in many acclaimed films including Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).
Here’s how Bollywood reacts:
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
It’s a sad day for cinema … we just lost one of our greats… gone but will never be forgotten … #RIPOmPuri Saab …
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) 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