16 days ago
Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood Actor Om Puri died Friday morning following a heart attack.
Puri, made his film debut in 1976 in the Marathi film 'Ghashiram Kotwal'.
The versatile actor has appeared in mainstream commercial Pakistani, Indian, British, Hollywood, independent films and art films.
His credits also include appearances in American films.
He was critically acclaimed for his performances in many unconventional roles such as a victimized tribal in 'Aakrosh'.
He became known internationally by starring in many British films such as 'My Son the Fanatic' (1997), 'East Is East' (1999) and 'The Parole Officer' (2001).
He also appeared in Hollywood films, including 'City of Joy' (1992), opposite Patrick Swayze; 'Wolf' (1994) with Jack Nicholson; and 'The Ghost and the Darkness' (1996) opposite Val Kilmer.
In 2007, he appeared as General Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson's "War", which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
He has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.
While speaking to OMMCOMM NEWS, Veteran Ollywood actor Ajit Das condoled, “I came to know about Om Puri’s demise today morning. While you all know him as a Bollywood actor, for me he was my senior at the National School of Drama in New Delhi and we used put up in the same hostel in adjacent rooms. My roommate was Raj Babbar. We used to live there as a family. When he used to act on the stage, his talent then was promising to be a good actor in future. When he had told then to try his luck in Bollywood, I had queried him if he could sustain in that industry. His face was replete with pockmarks. I used to ponder when the Bollywood seeks chocolate heroes, what Om Puri would do there. After his entry there, the film-making style of Bollywood had a paradigm shift. He played role in such types of violence films that those productions were widely acclaimed both at the national and international levels. During our studies there, I used to learn the correct Hindi accent from him as I hailed from Odisha and my Hindi accent was not up to the mark. He was very helpful and down to earth. Till death he never assumed airs or any sort of false vanity as a star. Whenever I used to call him, though being such a towering personality, he promptly responded with the same amiable approach “Arey Ajitey Kaise Ho?” (Hi dear Ajit How are you?) He is an international level actor, his demise is premature. The characters he has played are unprecedented and unique. Despite his demise, he will remain immortal. The voice he has lent to the audio-visuals displayed at Red Fort and Agra is immortal. The way he has acted in the Hollywood films is superb. Neither his talent could be surpassed nor the void he has created could ever be filled up. I’m shocked at his sad demise and wish his soul rest in peace.”
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