NEW DELHI: Om Puri, one of the most versatile actors in India and Padma Shri winner, has died at 66.
Tweets this morning announced that he had died of a heart attack.
The veteran actor starred in several award winning Indian movies and also featured in crossover ventures.
His popularity soared after his iconic roles in films like “Ardh Satya”, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” and “Paar”.
Om Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked in the railways and in the Indian Army.
He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of the National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a fellow student.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 6, 2017
I have known #OmPuri for d last 43yrs. For me he’ll always b a great actor, a kind & generous man. And that is how world shud remember him.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 6, 2017
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