Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri passes away
06 Jan 2017
- Veteran Bollywood actor, Om Puri passed away earlier today after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 66 years old.
- He was known for his stellar work in Jane Bhi Do Yaaron, Bhavni Bhavai, Mirch Masala, Dharavi and more.
- Om Puri was an alumnus of renowned Film and Television Institute of India.
- He is survived by his son Ishaan and estranged wife Nandita Puri.
- Om Puri was born in Ambala in October 1950. He was born two days before Dusshera but the exact date was unknown.
- Puri hailed from a middle class Punjabi family and his father worked in Indian railways and the Indian army.
- His pursued his schooling in Punjabi medium.
- Later on, he graduated from Film Television Institute of India and National School of Drama.
Body of work
- Om Puri's body of work spanned mainstream Hindi, Pakistani, British and Hollywood cinema.
- He debuted with a Marathi film titled Ghashiram Kotwal for which he was reportedly "paid peanuts".
- In initial years he played many notable characters: a victimized tribal in Aakrosh, a police officer in Ardh Satya, a Sikh militant leader in Maachis and a Pakistani immigrant in East is East.
Om Puri along with actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi acted in several ground-breaking art films such as Bhavni Bhavai, Dharavi, Mirch Masala and more in the early 80s.
Puri's foray in international cinema
- Nearly two decades ago Om Puri successfully forayed into international cinema.
- He acted in British films like My Son The Fanatic, The Parole Officer and television shows like Canterbury Tales.
- His Hollywood movies included City Of Joy opposite Patrick Swayze, Wolf with Jack Nicholson, Charlie Wilson's War, cameo in Gandhi etc.
- He was last seen in The Hundred-Foot Journey with Britain's Dame Helen Mirren.
Awards and recognition
- In 1981 and 1983, Om Puri won National Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal in Ardh Satya and Arohan.
- In 1990, he was awarded the Padma Shree by the Indian government.
- In 1998, he won Best Actor at Brussels International Film Festival for 'My Son the Fanatic'.
- In 2004, the British government awarded him the OBE for his contribution to British Cinema.
Upheavals in recent years
- In recent years, Om Puri was in the news for allegations of domestic violence made by his then wife, Nandita Puri.
- A biography on him authored by his wife revealed details about his personal life which he claimed caused him "much embarrassment."
- Very recently, in light of surgical-strikes, Puri had said who forced soldiers pick up arms. He later expressed regret for his comments.
Pak news claims Modi, Doval bumped off Om Puri
09 Jan 2017
- A Pakistani news anchor has alleged that Om Puri was bumped off by NSA Ajit Doval at the behest of PM Modi.
- Amir Liaqat alleged that Om Puri's pro-Pakistani artist stance after the Uri attacks put him in Modi's bad books; he said Salman Khan and Fawad Khan would be next.
- He also said Puri was forced to drink alcohol and was then smothered.
Om Puri's driver claims actor was intoxicated
11 Jan 2017
- According to Om Puri's driver, the actor had consumed alcohol the night before he passed away.
- His post-mortem report revealed a one-and-a-half inch deep and four centimetres long injury on his head.
- According to reports, Om Puri died on 6th January, 2017 early morning.
- A case of accidental death has been registered by the Mumbai Police.
Film producer Kidwai interrogated in Om Puri's death case
14 Jan 2017
- In the case of Om Puri's death, Mumbai police today interrogated film producer Khalid Kidwai.
- Kidwai was revealed to be with Om Puri a couple of hours before his death.
- Both Kidwai and Om Puri had gone to meet his son Ishan who stays with his estranged wife Nandita. Reportedly, Puri had an argument with her.
- The details of the interrogation are still awaited.
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