Veteran Bollywod actor Om Puri died of a heart attack in Mumbai. He was 66. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who was a close friend of the actor, first confirmed the sad news of his demise on Twitter.
Puri was known for his work in numerous Indian, Pakistani and Hollywood films. He was a product of the National School of Drama and studied theatre there along with fellow Hindi actor Naseeruddin Shah.
Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal. His most memorable performances include Aakrosh, Maachis, Ardh Satya, Gupt, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Chachi 420, Malamaal Weekly and many others.
The critically acclaimed actor was one of the prominent names of parallel cinema that changed Indian cinema in the 1980s. A two time National Award winner, the actor was honoured with the Padmashri in 1990.
He was last seen in a Pakistani comedy film, Actor in Law, which released in September 2016. The actor also lent his voice for the character of Bagheera in The Jungle Book.