Late Om Puri honoured at the Academy Awards ceremony in the “In Memoriam” montage

Indian actor Om Puri, whose repertoire as an actor included films like “East Is East”, “Gandhi”, “City of Joy” and “Wolf”, was honoured at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in the “In Memoriam” montage. Om Puri got a musical tribute by Grammy and Tony-nominated singer and songwriter Sara Bareilles.

A National School of Drama alumnus, Om Puri’s international career started with a cameo in Richard Attenborough’s iconic “Gandhi”.

A Padma Shri awardee and National Award-winner, Om Puri was also made the honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the British film industry.

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Bollywood’s veteran actor Om Puri dies of cardiac arrest

Veteran actor Om Puri, considered to be one of the finest actors in India, died of a cardiac arrest. Om Puri’s sudden death has come as a shocker to the film industry and to the actor’s fans around the world.

Om Puri was an alumni of Film and Television Institute of India and at the National School of Drama (where Naseeruddin Shah was his classmate). Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’.
Om Puri featured in films like ‘Ardh Satya’, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ and ‘Mirch Masala’.

The actor was last seen in Sunny Deol’s Ghayal Returns and also featured in one of the biggest hits of 2016 The Jungle Book (Om Puri was the voice of Bagheera.)

Celebrities who tweeted their condolences.

Karan Johar just tweeted, “Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….”

Anupam Kher tweeted with a heavy heart, “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.”

66-year-old Om Puri is survived by his ex wife Nandita Puri and son Ishaan. An amazing talent, Om Puri will surely be missed by all cine-lovers.

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