January the 6th came as an unfortunate morning for the Indian cinema as it lost veteran Om Puri, one of the finest artists it ever had. The 66-year old dead died of a massive heart attack. He came back to his place at Lokhandwala’s Oakland Park in Mumbai after a film shoot on Thursday evening. When Puri did not answer the doorbell on Friday morning, the driver suspected that something was amiss. Following this, he raised alarm and the actor was found dead in the house.
The demise of the great artist sent a wave of grief in the film industry as well as amongst his fan following in India and abroad. The news was confirmed by actress Shabana Azmi on Twitter, “Om Puri undergoing postmortem at Cooper Hospital. Will be taken to Trishul around 3pm Funeral at Oshiwara electric crematorium around 6pm.”
The Ambala-born actor had studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and the National School of Drama. Om Puri has given some unforgettable performances during his four-decade long acting career, which began in 1976 as he made his debut with a Marathi film called ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’. Some of the acclaimed films of the exemplary actor are ‘Ardh Satya’, ‘Aakrosh’, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ and ‘Mirch Masala’. During his illustrious career, he had been honored with several prestigious awards including the Padma Shree.
In addition to being acclaimed back home, the Om Puri made a name for himself in the international cinema too, with stellar performances in British and Pakistani films. ‘City of Joy’, ‘Gandhi’, ‘East is East’ and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ are some of the Hollywood movies which brought recognition for him. ‘East is East’ brought him the nomination for the Best Actor BAFTA 2000.
Om Puri’s death is an irreparable loss to the industry as well as the nation. His death has been condoled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his fellow actors as well as the Bollywood veterans.
He was truly one of the finest actors the Indian cinema ever had….RIP!!