Veteran actor Om Puri, who did some of the iconic roles and was always outspoken, has passed away. We have learned that the actor suffered a severe cardiac arrest at his residence on Friday morning.
Om Puri is survived by his estranged wife Nandita Puri and son Ishaan Puri. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit who was a close friend of Om Puri confirmed the news and shared it on his Twitter account as well. “Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP,” he wrote.
Om Puri was one of those actors who featured in mainstream Hindi movies as well as British, Pakistani and Hollywood films. He had received an OBE as well as Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India. Some of the acclaimed movies include Bhavni Bhavai, Sadgati, Ardh Satya, Mirch Masala and Dharavi.
Om Puri’s industry colleagues Anupam Kher and Ashoke Pandit have tweeted their condolences. Many Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express their grief and show respect for the late actor.
RIP Om puri .. interactions with you were always full of life.. you were one of the finest artist we are proud of..
— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) January 6, 2017
Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….
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.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 6, 2017
Shocked to know that the immensely talented actor #OmPuri passed away. Big loss to our film industry. RIP
RIP Om Puri.
We have lost one of our finest.
A talent, A Voice, A Spirit.
Will miss you Puri Saab.
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) January 6, 2017
Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema & life ?
R I P. Will miss you Om! pic.twitter.com/UD6S7y6qUi
RIP Om sir 1 of d most versatile & brilliant actor ever. I’m fortunate tht I cld spend some w’ful time wid him talking abt acting & life.
— Raj Kummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) January 6, 2017
I have known #OmPuri for d last 43yrs. For me he’ll always b a great actor, a kind & generous man. And that is how world shud remember him.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 6, 2017
Artists never die. RIP Om Puri.
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 6, 2017
T 2495 – Shocked to learn of OM PURI Ji’s passing just now.. a dear friend a lovable colleague and an exceptional talent .. in grief !
“Gods garden must b beautiful, He always takes the best“ Will miss ur laughter over the shared brandy in Berlin. Will miss u lots Omji. RIP
A supremely talented performer who leaves a void in cinema today, etched forever in our memory for his outstanding work #RIPOmPuri
RIP #OmPuri saab. You’ve given us acting goals. You’ll always be immortal with such a fine filmography. Tamas, jaane bhi do yaaro, chachi420
What an incredible actor he was. A genius passed today. Saddened by the loss. Thoughts and prayers with his family. #RIPOmPuri sir
— Tahir Raj Bhasin (@TahirRajBhasin) January 6, 2017
#OmPuri‘s talent and versatility has brought so many characters to life. An inspiration to many actors. May his soul rest in peace.
He saw an episode of Sea Hawks and told me “Enough TV Pandit Ji, now make movies” Fought with him, drank with him, loved him. RIP Om Bhai
The Best Actor in World, An inspiration 2 me & many, he was suppose 2 work with me in Manto.Deeply saddened by da news, RIP #OmPuri Saab
I remember driving with him every morning to set listening to old Hindi music during delhi6, So sorry to hear to hear of his passing #Ompuri
Om Puri 1950-2017. Funny, warm, courageous, irreverent and gone too soon. We will remember you.
— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) January 6, 2017
You will live in our hearts forever through the legacy you have left behind. We will miss you. RIP #OmPuri Ji
Really sad to hear #Ompuri sir is no more,a genius performer ! My thoughts n prayers are with his family
Om Puri saab,you put a small town like Ambala on the map.Will never forget the amazing conversations with you.Your legacy will live forever.
A true legend… #OmPuri sir will inspire us forever… may he Rest In Peace
Om-ji, there will never be anyone like you again… as an actor or as a person. Will miss you tremendously. Sad sad day.
It’s such a sad day .. so much talent , humour, generosity and such compassion.. You will be missed much #OmPuri Abba
Deeply saddened to hear about #OmPuri sir! He was such a huge part of the core of Indian cinema..RIP ! Truly and end of an era..
We lost a legend today. Your contribution to Indian cinema won’t be forgotten #OmPuri
Extremely saddened to hear the news of Mr. Om Puri. Worked with him on Ghazi. Such a passionate actor with immense love for the craft. RIP
— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) January 6, 2017
Very saddened by the news of Om Puri ji’s passing. Worked with him on many films and learnt so much from him. Immense talent. #RIPOmPuri
The end of an era …. The legacy lives on.. RIP #OmPuri
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 6, 2017
Dear Omji,my friend and co actor in so many films.Such wonderful memories and stories he made and shared.Will miss u.Very sad,too soon #RIP
You were one of the finest we had.
Om Puri! You have left us all too early.. i am so so sorry..The fun the laughter the arguments so vividly etched in my mind..Will miss you
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) January 6, 2017
Sad to hear about the passing of the massively talented Om Puri. May god give peace to his soul & strength to his family #RIPOmPuri
Saddened to hear that the fabulous actor #OmPuriji passed away. Loved him in Ardh Satya many more. RIP
— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) January 6, 2017
Omji… u were laughing with us on set jst a few days ago! We have lost one of the greatest actor & the warmest person in the film industry