Veteran actor Om Puri, who delivered riveting performances in Hindi films and shone in characterd roles, passed away this morning. He was 66.
Om Puri has also acted in English and Pakistani movies, and is a Padma Shri awardee. His Tamil film Shenbaga Kottai is yet to hit the screens.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kamal Haasan other top politicians and film personalities expressed grief on social media.
Om Puri debuted in 1976 and went on to star in a wide range of films in India as well as in the US and Britain. In 1990, he won the Padma Shri, which is among India’s highest civilian awards.
Director Karan Johar expressed grief on his death on Twitter and said that he was a ‘solid actor’ with ‘solid filmography’. Anupam Kher said he cannot believe that Puri is no more.
“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,” he tweeted.