Veteran actor Om Puri passed away early this morning after a major cardiac arrest. The 66-year-old had worked for over three decades in the entertainment industry. 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. He lent his voice for Bagheera in the Hindi version. The actor was filming for Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House that also featured Gillian Anderson. Here are few lesser known facts about the actor -
#Om Puri appeared in mainstream Hindi, Pakistani, British as well as Hollywood cinema. He made his film debut with the Marathi film, Ghashiram Kotwal, which was based on a Marathi play of the same name. It was directed by K. Hariharan. Puri also acted in a Kannada movie, A.K. 47.He also featured in some Punjabi movies.
#Late Om Puri was very close to Naseeruddin Shah. They were classmates in the National School of Drama. Very few people know that Puri was a vegetarian when he joined the school but turned non-vegetarian because of Naseer. If there was something other than cinema that they loved discussing, then it was food. Puri used to love having brain curry with Naseer.
#Puri revealed on Anupam Kher's show that he had complexity issued. His friend Naseeruddin had studied from a convent school, while he came from a Punjabi Medium school. This caused Om to have complexity issues during his early years in NSD. However, he schooled himself and later went on to do more than 20 English movies.
#His unconventional looks also added to his complexity. He thought he was not good looking enough to become an actor and hence he joined Film and Television Institute of India in Pune just to enter the Hindi film industry. "To get into films, the kind of looks you were supposed to have for the Hindi film industry, we did not have...Fat noses have no place in the Hindi film industry unfortunately," Puri said. However, he later went on to become one of the finest actors of his times.
#Much ahead of Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone, Om Puri registered his name in International cinema. In the mid-1990s, Om Puri starred in many British films such as My Son The Fanatic, East Is East and The Parole Officer. He also appeared in Hollywood films including City Of Joy opposite Patrick Swayze; Wolf alongside Jack Nicholson and The Ghost and the Darkness opposite Val Kilmer. He also shared screen space with veteran British actress Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey.
His demise has come as a big shock for the entire nation. Our condolences to his entire family. #RIPOmPuri. You'll be missed. Always..
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