Veteran actor Om Puri passes away after a massive heart attack
The world of cinema is in mourning. Famous actor Om Prakash Puri OBE died on 6 January 2017 from a massive heart attack at his residence in Andheri at the age of 66.
Born on 18 October 1950 à Ambala (Haryana, Inde), this Indian citizen has been honoured with the title of Order of the British Empire in 2004 for services to the British cinema industry.
Graduating from the Film and Television Institute of India, Om Puri has contributed to hundreds of Indian, British and American films.
He started cinema in 1976 in Ghashiram Kotwal. He contributes to all kinds of films, from big Bollywood production to independent cinema.
In the 1990s, Om Puri embodies roles more consistent with the larger audience. However, he acquired a worldwide reputation for playing in My Son the Fanatic (1997), Fish and Chips (East Is East) (1999), and The Parole Officer (2001).
Om Puri appeared in Hollywood movies such as La Cité de la Joie (1992), Wolf (1994) or L'Ombre et la preie (1996), and La Guerre according to Charlie Wilson (2007) A striking President Zia (Pakistani President of the 1980s).
His successes at the Filmfare Awards (1981 and 1984) are roles of unconventional characters.
He made a cameo in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982), presenting the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
His death was welcomed on social networks by a rain of tributes to the one who had received the "Padma Shri", an Indian distinction that rewards distinguished personalities in fields such as arts, literature or sport in 2013.
"I cannot believe that one of our greatest actors, #OmPuri, is no longer. Deeply sad and shocked," said actor Anupam Kher in a tweet. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalls his long career in theatre & films.
Om Puri is survived by his wife Nandita and their child. His funeral will take place at Oshiwara electric crematorium around 6pm today.