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Veteran actor Om Puri's sudden demise after massive heart attack

January 06, 2017 09:21 PM
Actor Om Puri (file pic)

Patiala: Bollywood celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar and Javed Akhtar expressed their shock over veteran actor Om Puri's sudden demise, calling it a big  loss to Indian cinema. He was 66.

Patiala city was sadden as the news of his spread in the morning. He was native of Patiala from where he started his carrier as theater actor and rose to international stature and acted with International actors in great english movies . 

In the 1999 British comedy "East is East," he played a Pakistani immigrant in England who bumbles about as he tries to wrap his head around the clash of cultures that arises from his relationship with his children from a marriage to a British Catholic woman.

He also had a small role in Richard Attenborough's film "Gandhi," based on the life of the Indian freedom leader Mohandas Gandhi. He also acted in several Hollywood films, including "City of Joy," ''Wolf" and "Charlie Wilson's War."



The actor, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence here this morning after a massive heart attack.

Taking to social media, Puri's former co-stars and friends mourned his death.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of leading movie stars tweeted condolence messages shortly after Puri's death was announced Friday morning.

Akshay Kumar, who worked with Puri in films like "Aan: Men at Work", "Hera Pheri", "Awara Paagal Deewana" and "OMG – Oh My God!", tweeted, "Sad to hear about the passing away of the very talented Om Puri, my co-actor in many films...heartfelt condolences to the family.

Director Karan Johar said in Puri's death cinema had lost a brilliant artist.
"Solid actor....Solid filmography....immense talent.... OmPuri ....cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist," Johar tweeted.

Actor Anupam Kher, who also worked with Puri in many films, said the actor's death came as a shock to him.

"Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can't believe that one of our greatest actors Om Puri is no more. Deeply saddened and shocked."

Priyanka Chopra, posted, "The end of an era... The legacy lives on.. RIP #OmPuri."

Veteran scriptwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar said Puri was not only a great actor but also a brilliant human being.

"It's really a great loss. Wonderful person, great actor and with such impressive body of work right from Satyajit Ray to any commercial Hindi film to films in US and Pakistan. He played all kind of roles.

Puri had won a slew of national awards and international fame for his work in several critically acclaimed films.

His breakthrough film was the 1983 gritty drama "Ardh Satya," or "Half Truth," about a young policeman's crisis of conscience as he deals with the nexus of crime and politics in India.

Puri is also remembered for his work in the 1983 cult classic "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro," or "Let it Go Friends," a dark comedy about India's all-encompassing corruption.

He was also acclaimed for his performance in the 1997 British film "My Son the Fanatic," as a Muslim taxi driver appalled by his son's embrace of fundamentalist Islam.

In the 1999 British comedy "East is East," he played a Pakistani immigrant in England who bumbles about as he tries to wrap his head around the clash of cultures that arises from his relationship with his children from a marriage to a British Catholic woman.

He also had a small role in Richard Attenborough's film "Gandhi," based on the life of the Indian freedom leader Mohandas Gandhi. He also acted in several Hollywood films, including "City of Joy," ''Wolf" and "Charlie Wilson's War."

In 2014, Puri starred with British actress Helen Mirren in the comedy "The Hundred-Foot Journey" as the patriarch of a family of Indian immigrants who open a restaurant in a French town but end up clashing with a neighborhood Michelin-starred establishment.

"Om puri will be missed as a friend. It's a bit shocking at the moment and I'm feeling a bit numb. In the moment all of us are taken aback."

Mahesh Bhatt said, "Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema and life."

Shoojit Sircar, tweeted, "RIP Om puri... interactions with you were always full of life.. you were one of the finest artists we are proud of..

Madhur Bhandarkar, wrote, "Shocked to know that the immensely talented actor #OmPuri passed away. Big loss to our film industry. RIP

While, Riteish Deshmukh, posted, "Shocked beyond words to learn that #OmPuri ji is no more. Will miss you sir. Condolences to the family. RIP #HugeLoss."

 

 

 

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