Veteran actor Om Puri passed away in Mumbai on Thursday evening. He was 66. Puri returned home last evening after a shoot. Reportedly his door bell went unanswered on Friday morning, following which his driver raised an alarm.
Om Puri’s friends and colleagues from Bollywood reached his Andheri residence to pay their last respects to the actor. Puri’s body was taken to Cooper hospital for postmortem, following which the funeral will take place.
Bollywood was left shell-shocked by his unexpected death. 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.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his death.
The Padma Shri awardee, studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and at the National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was his classmate. Born on October 18, 1950, hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’.
A critically acclaimed actor, Puri featured in films like Ardh Satya, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Mirch Masala, Bhavni Bhavai, Sadgati, and Dharavi. More recently, he was seen in the movies, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Ghayal Once Again.