Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri passed away at his residence in Andheri, Mumbai on Friday (January 6) morning.
He was 66.
Among Puri’s well-known films were Aakrosh (1980), Ardh Satya (1982) for which he won the National Award for Best Actor, and British film East is East (1999).
He also appeared in Pakistani, British and Hollywood films. The actor has received an OBE as well as Padma Shri (1990), the fourth highest civilian award of India.
Confirming the news of Puri’s death, his close friend and filmmaker Ashok Pandit, said: ‘Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence.’
He also took to Twitter to share the news: ‘Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.”
Om Puri’s body is at his residence in Andheri and his old friends and colleagues from Bollywood have arrived to pay their last respects.’
Mahesh Bhatt tweeted: ‘Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema & life ?’
Boman Irani also tweeted: ‘RIP Om Puri. We have lost one of our finest. A talent, A Voice, A Spirit. Will miss you Puri Saab.’