Mumbai: One of India’s foremost film actors, Om Puri, is no more. He reportedly died Thursday evening and the news of his sudden death has shocked the entire film industry not just in India, but around the world. He was 66.
While many initially thought that the news was unbelievable and merely a rumor, they had finally forced to reconcile with the fact when his close friend Ashoke Pandit confirmed the news.
The suddenness of the news of his death took the whole nation by surprise. He was shooting for one of his forthcoming films and had done so till even the last evening. Reports suggest that he had returned from film shoot last evening. Nonetheless when phone calls remained unanswered, his driver checked on him he raised an alarm.
Ashoke Pandit in a tweet said, “Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.”
Om Puri, born in the year 1950 made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the same name by Vijay Tendulkar. It was merely a stepping stone though his performance was appreciated by almost everyone. Along with Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, he was among the main actors who starred in what was then referred to as art films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).
His most important films include Aakrosh (1980), Disco Dancer (1982), Ardh Satya (1982), Maachis (1996) East Is East, Rang De Basanti, Charlie Wilson’s War, Delhi-6, Lakshya, Don: The Chase Begins Again, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Don 2, The Ghost and the Darkness, Mere Baap Pehle Aap, Chup Chup Ke, Yuva, Pyar To Hona Hi Tha etc