Om Puri, one of the most versatile actors in India, died of a heart attack at his home in Mumbai on Friday morning.
Sixty-six-year-old actor known for his versatile acting was found dead at his residence on Friday morning. Puri returned home on Thursday evening after a shoot and was found dead on Friday.
The incident came in to light when his door bell went unanswered, following which Puri’s driver raised an alarm to police.
The Padma Shri awardee, studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and at the National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was his classmate. Born on October 18, 1950 in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal and had feature in many other films including Ardh Satya, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Mirch Masala. In an inspiring career spanning four decades, Om Puri acted in over 250 films.
Actor Anupam Kher, a close friend of Om Puri has said that he had spoken to him just two days ago, and the disheartening news of his demise was broken to him by filmmaker Ashoke Pandit. Anupam described Om Puri as a “kind and generous” person, who spent four decades in showbiz with an undying passion towards his craft.
A Padmashri awardee and National Award-winning talent, Om Puri was also conferred upon the title of the Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the British film industry.
His work extended from theatre, television, Indian films to those in Britain and the US too. He was president of the Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) and a former chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
Bahuroopi-2017 misses Om Puri
The Bahuroopi-2017 had invited Om Puri to inaugurate the Bahuroopi-2017 National theatre festival and had accepted the invitation. Puri was scheduled to come to Mysuru on January 13th to inaugurate the annual theatre festival of city’s own repertory Rangayana. The Bahuroopi organising committee had confirmed a few days back that Om Puri will be part of the inauguration programme and would address the gathering. The sudden demise of Om Puri has shocked the theatre and film buffs of the city who was counting days to have a glimpse of his face and hear his baritone voice.