Veteran actor Om Puri passes away

Veteran actor Om Puri passes away

Submitted by Kumuda on Fri, 2017-01-06 11:06 Mumbai: Veteran Indian actor Om Puri died on Friday morning of a heart attack at his residence here, a family friend said. He was 66. One of the most versatile actors, Om Puri had not only acted in Hindi but in other languages too. He rose to fame with Ardh Satya and Aakrosh but his role in the celebrated satirical movie Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron was unparallelled.  He also acted in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi and City of Joy among other American and British productions. He was the recepient of Padmashri Award.  Veteran actress Shabana Azmi tweeted his funeral details. "Om Puri undergoing post-mortem at Cooper Hospital. Will be taken to Trishul around 3 p.m. Funeral at Oshiwara electric crematorium around 6 p.m.," Shabana tweeted. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who was going to direct the actor in his new movie, told IANS over phone: "It is a very sad news. Om Puri ji passed away after a heart attack today (Friday) morning. He was at his home." "His body of work in the Indian film industry has been tremendous across the commercial and parallel genres. We've lost a great talent," Agnihotri added. Known for his deep baritone and distinctive acting style, Om Puri had an affinity towards socially relevant cinema. This drove him into doing movies like "Aakrosh", "Ardh Satya" and "Dharavi". A National School of Drama alumnus, Om Puri also featured in movies like "Mirch Masala" and explored his ability to dabble in the comedy genre with "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", "Chachi 420", "Hera Pheri", "Malamaal Weekly" and more. His stint on the small screen saw him feature in shows like "Kakkaji Kaheen" and "Mr. Yogi", but his most notable work was in TV film "Tamas", which was helmed by Govind Nihalani -- a filmmaker with whom Om Puri worked very closely all through. Om Puri also nurtured an international career, which started with a cameo in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi". Among some of his British films were "My Son the Fanatic", "East Is East" and "The Parole Officer". He also appeared in Hollywood films including "City of Joy", "Wolf" and "The Ghost and the Darkness". He even featured in Pakistani film "Actor In Law", and also sank his teeth into film projects in multiple languages like Malayalam and Kannada. A Padma Shri awardee and National Award-winner, Om Puri was also conferred the title of the Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his 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