MUMBAI, India: Famous Bollywood actor Om Puri passed away on Friday after he suffered a severe heart attack at the age of 66, leaving all the film fraternity and his fans saddened and in shock.
Om Puri reportedly died at his residence in Mumbai early Friday.
The filmmaker Ashoke Pandit was probably the first person who announced the news about Om Puri’s death on twitter.
Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 6, 2017
The veteran Bollywood actor openly supported friendly ties between Pakistan and India through cultural interactions and films.
Recently, he was heavily criticized by Indian hardliners over his anti-Pak-Indo war comments at a time when cross-border firing had intensified and even Indian government claimed having conducted surgical strikes inside Pakistan.
Om Puri also featured in recently released Pakistani film ‘Actor In Law’ and was a frequent visitor to Pakistan. He also played the Character of former Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq in Hollywood film “Charlie Wilson’s War”.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the sad demise of veteran actor Om Puri.
“The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films,” read a tweet on the Indian prime minister’s official Twitter account.
Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
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
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
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 ?
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 6, 2017