Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri died at the age of 66 on Friday at his residence in Mumbai’s suburbs after suffering a massive heart attack, reported ANI. The actor’s estranged wife, Nandita, said he suffered a cardiac arrest at around 6 am on Friday and that he was found in the kitchen. His body was taken to Cooper Hospital for a postmortem. Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi said his funeral will take place at 6 pm on Friday at Oshiwara electric crematorium.
Puri made his debut with 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal. He acted in several Indian, Pakistani and Hollywood films. He was given the Padma Shri in 1990 for his contribution to cinema. Among Puri’s well known films were Aakrosh (1980), Ardh Satya (1982) for which he won the National Award for Best Actor, and British film East is East (1999). He has appeared in many other international films including My Son the Fanatic, City of Joy and The Ghost and the Darkness, and Gandhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he “recalled his [Puri’s] long career in theatre and films”. Bollywood actor Anupam Kher said, “Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm, can’t believe that one of our greatest actors Om Puri is no more.” Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted, “Cinema world has lost a brilliant artist.”