Veteran actor Om Puri, who delivered riveting performances in Hindi films and shone in character roles, passed away on Friday morning. He was 66. He has also acted in English and Pakistani movies, and is a Padma Shri awardee.
Puri has done defining roles in art films such as Aakrosh , Arohan and Ardh Satya , among others. He was not confined to one language in the world of cinema. He played roles in Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi films as well. Puri also played a much-acclaimed cameo in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
Born in Ambala in a Punjabi family, 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 a co-student.
Puri made his film debut in 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal . Some of his most notable films include Sandgate , Ardh Satya , Mirch Masala , Dharavi , Maachis , Gupt , Dhoop , Yuva , Don , Agneepath , Bajrangi Bhaijaan and others.
He earned international fame through British films such as My Son the Fanatic , East Is East and The Parole Officer, among others.
Puri also appeared in Hollywood films such as City of Joy , Wolf , The Ghost and the Darkness ,among others.