Entire Bollywood woke up to the sad news of death of the veteran celebrity and co-star Om Puri. He passed away due to a massive heart attack.
Born on 18 October 1950, the actor was known for his outstanding performances in not just Indian but also Pakistani, British, and Hollywood movies. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India. Om Puri died after suffering a heart attack on the morning of 6 January 2017, he was 66.
Om Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Punjabi family. His father worked in the railways and in the Indian Army.Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student.
Puri worked in numerous Indian films, as well as many films produced in the United Kingdom and the United States.
He made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the same name by Vijay Tendulkar.
Ghashiram Kotwal Marathi Play was written in1972 as a response to the rise of a local political party, Shiv Sena, in Maharashtra. The Play was a Political Satire, written as historical drama. It was based on the Life of Nana Phadnavis who was a one of the ministers in the court of Peshwa. This play was first performed on 16 December 1972.
The family member sadly said that Puri was “found dead” in his bed at his home in the western city of Mumbai early on Friday. Om Puri acted in both mainstream and art films in Bollywood. He also appeared in British films like Jewel in the Crown and City of Joy.
Puri reached worldwide audiences with British independent drama “East is East,” and had recently completed big budget “Viceroy’s House,” directed by Gurinder Chadha.