We are as shocked as you are. Bollywood’s veteran actor Om Puri is no more. While early reports suggest he suffered a massive heart attack this morning. We are yet to get an official declaration from his family. We are truly shaken by the news. Bollywood celebrities too have started pouring in their condolences. Karan Johar just tweeted, “Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent….
#RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….While 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. 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. The actor also marked his Pakistani film debut last year with Actor In Law and was also filming for Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House that featured Gillian Anderson. His sudden death has indeed come as a shocker to the film industry and the actor’s fans.
Back in 2016, Om Puri was also dragged in a controversy for slamming the Indian soldiers post the Uri attacks after he had said, “Did we force them to join the army? My father was also in the army… We are proud of them (soldiers)… I am asking you: Do you want India and Pakistan to become Israel and Palestine?” However, soon he pleaded guilty by issuing a public apology saying, “I am very embarrassed at what I said and I deserve punishment, not forgiveness. I first apologise to his (an Uri attack martyr) family, if at all they will forgive me, I apologise to the whole country, the army. I know it’s not justified that you say so much and then think a sorry will make it right.”