Tahlka News Desk: Mumbai: Awarded by fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri awardees OM Puri dies at 66 after a massive heart attack at his home in Mumbai.
Puri was born and boughtup in Ambala,Haryana to a punjabi family. His father worked in the railways and in the Indian Army.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 also co-student.
Om Puri rose to fame with films like 'Ardh Satya','Aakrosh' and 'Paar'. His popularity later extended to mainstream cinema, with iconic roles in films like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' and 'Maachis'.
He worked in numerous Indian films,he made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film 'Ghashiram Kotwal'.
Om Puri, along with Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, were among the critically-acclaimed actors who thrived in what was then referred to as art cinema, defining films like Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).
He also played a cameo in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi". In the 1990s, he ventured into popular Hindi cinema.
Over the years, Om Puri also made a name for himself in American and British productions. He appeared in Hollywood films like City of Joy (1992), opposite Patrick Swayze; Wolf (1994) with Jack Nicholson; and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) opposite Val Kilmer. He played General Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences. Among those who expressed grief are Anupam Kher - his co-star of many films - Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar and Sujit Sarkar.https://twitter.com/narendramodi177/status/817218006405087232 https://twitter.com/AnupamPkher/status/817216590127185921 https://twitter.com/karanjohar/status/817216496615256064