Veteran actor Om Puri dies of heart attack at 66

Veteran actor Om Puri passed away following a cardiac arrest on Friday morning. He was aged 66. The actor’s estranged wife Nandita Puri confirmed the news of his sad demise to a publication and sought privacy.

Om Puri and Nandita have a teenage son named Ishaan.  

Om Puri’s close friend, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit expressed his grief on Twitter posting, “Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.”

Veteran actor Anupam Kher and filmmaker Karan Johar also condoled his death. “Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our greatest actors #OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened & shocked,” tweeted Anupam, while Karan wrote, “Solid actor....Solid filmography....immense talent.... #RIPOmPuri ....cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist....”

Born 18 October 1950, Om Puri is known for his outstanding works in both commercial and parallel cinema. Besides Bollywood, he has acted in Pakistani, British, Hollywood and independent films. He was a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.

An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) as well as National School of Drama (NSD), Om Puri, along with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, is credited for being a part of what was called art films movement in the 1970s.

Puri made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal, and went on to work in acclaimed films like ‘Sadgati’, ‘Ardh Satya’, ‘Arohan’ ‘Mirch Masala’ and ‘Dharavi’ among numerous others.