Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri, who redefined Indian cinema is no more. The talented actor passed away on Thursday evening due to heart failure at his Mumbai home. He was 66.
Close friend and filmmaker Ashoke Pandit was first to confirm the sad news of the actor's demise on Twitter. Puri had returned home on Thursday evening after a shoot. Reportedly, his door bell went unanswered on Friday morning, following which his driver raised an alarm.
The Padma Shri recipient was an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India and the National School of Drama. Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana on October 18, 1950. He had made his debut in Indian cinema with the Marathi film Ghasiram Kotwal in 1976.
Om Puri is credited for redefining Indian cinema with path breaking roles in films like Ardh Satya and Mirch Masala. Ardh Satya is particularly regarded as a cult film that first highlighted the corruption in the police department, which started a trend of such films.
The whole film industry is in shock by the actor's sudden demise.