Veteran actor Om Puri, who delivered riveting performances in Hindi films and shone in character roles, passed away on Friday morning. He was 66. Om Puri has also acted in English and Pakistani movies, and is a Padma Shri awardee.
Puri has done a lot of defining roles for art films, some of which are Aakrosh, Arohan, Ardh Satya among others. Puri was not confined to one language in the world of cinema and had played roles in Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi films as well. Puri also played a much-acclaimed cameo in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
Born in Ambala, Haryana, in a Punjabi family, Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student.
He made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal. Some of his most notable films include Sandgate, Ardh Satya, Mirch Masala, Dharavi, Maachis, Gupt, Dhoop, Yuva, Don, Agneepath, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and others.
He earned international fame in many British films, such as My Son the Fanatic, East Is East, The Parole Officer and others.
He also appeared in Hollywood films like City of Joy, Wolf, The Ghost and the Darkness among others. Om Puri was last seen in Pakistani film ‘Actor In Law’ which came out in 2016. The entire Bollywood fraternity is shocked and saddened by his sudden demise.
Puri was married to Nandita Puri in the year 1993. However, the separated in 2013, together they have a son named Ishaan.
WRITTEN BY NABEEL TARIQ (TEAM PS)