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.