Veteran actor Om Puri passed away in Mumbai, he was found dead at his home on Friday morning. He was 66. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who was a close friend of the actor, first confirmed the sad news of his demise on Twitter. Puri returned home last evening after a shoot. Reportedly his door bell went unanswered, following which his driver raised an alarm.
Amitabh Bachchan presenting Om Puri with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
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 18th October, 1950 hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’.
A critically acclaimed actor, Puri featured in films like ‘Ardh Satya’, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ and ‘Mirch Masala’. More recently, he was seen in the movies, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Ghayal Once Again’.
Puri also had a meaty and memorable role opposite Helen Mirren in Steven Spielberg’s 2014 American comedy drama ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey.’ The acclaimed actor delivered some stellar performances in mainstream commercial Pakistani, Indian and British cinema apart from making a dent in Hollywood with his roles in ‘City of Joy’, ‘Gandhi’, and ‘ The Reluctant Fundamentalist.’