Entertainment Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66

11:51  06 january  2017
11:51  06 january  2017 Source:   BBC News

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© AFP/File | Acclaimed Bollywood actor Om Puri , who aslo played a role in Richard Attenborough's epic Ghandi, has died in Mumbai aged 66 . "Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can't believe that one of our greatest actors # OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened & shocked," tweeted actor Anupam Kher. "The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films," read a tweet on Indian leader Narendra Modi's official Twitter account.

Puri suffered a heart attack at his residence in Mumbai early on Friday, reports say. Om Puri , who acted in both mainstream and art films, was known for his gritty performances in a number of landmark Indian films in the 1980s. At home, Puri was best-known for his performances in critically acclaimed films like Ardh Satya, Paar and the satirical Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Puri was one of India ’s truly successful crossover actors , doing films with stars such as Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks, says BBC’s Soutik Biswas.

  Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66 © Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Veteran Indian actor Om Puri, star of British hit East is East, has died aged 66, a family member told the BBC.

Puri suffered a heart attack at his residence in Mumbai early on Friday, reports say.

Om Puri, who acted in both mainstream and art films, was known for his gritty performances in a number of landmark Indian films in the 1980s. He also appeared in a number of British films, including a cameo in Richard Attenborough's epic on Mahatma Gandhi.

A versatile actor, Puri was known for his roles in Indian, Pakistani, British and Hollywood films. He was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004. He found international fame for his roles in American and British films, including the 1999 British comedy East is East about a Pakistani immigrant adjusting to life in the north of England. Puri also worked in City of Joy, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and most recently in The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Veteran Indian actor Om Puri known for his roles in East Is East and Gandhi, dies aged 66

  Veteran Indian actor Om Puri known for his roles in East Is East and Gandhi, dies aged 66 Puri suffered a heart attack on 6 January in Mumbai.According to preliminary reports, he suffered from a severe heart attack after returning home from a shoot on Thursday evening.

“Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP,” wrote his close friend and director Ashoke Pandit on Twitter. “Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our greatest actors # OmPuri is no more. “The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films,” read a tweet on Indian leader Narendra Modi’s official Twitter account.

Veteran Indian actor Om Puri , well-known abroad for his role in hit movie Gandhi, died aged 66 after suffering a heart attack Friday, Indian media reported. "Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can't believe that one of our greatest actors # OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened & shocked," tweeted actor Anupam Kher. "The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films," read a tweet on Indian leader Narendra Modi's official Twitter account.

At home, Puri was best-known for his performances in critically acclaimed films like Ardh Satya, Paar and the satirical Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.

Puri was one of India's truly successful crossover actors, doing films with stars such as Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks, says BBC's Soutik Biswas. His role in Govind Nihalani's Aakrosh as a mute tribal falsely accused of the murder of a policeman remains among the finest performances on Indian screen, our correspondent says.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office led the tributes to the actor:

  Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66 A number of leading filmmakers and actors also remembered Puri:

Also see: rare pics of veteran actor Om Puri

Om Puri passes away at 66: A tribute to the veteran actor: Om Puri in film Ardh Satya. (Source: Express archive photo) Om Puri passes away at 66: A tribute to the veteran actor

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