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The Legacy of Om Puri

The profound, masculine and classic voice of veteran actor Om Puri will no more be heard in real life as he departed earlier today morning. It’s just start of 2017, and we have already lost the most phenomenal personality of past four decades. India and Pakistan are surely going to miss the gem of the cinema world.

The tragic news was confirmed by filmmaker Ashok Pundit, who was an also a close friend of Om Puri, the news on mainstream media and also on his twitter account. Om Puri was busy in shooting last year. He came late night and in the Friday morning, when his driver rang the door bell, he didn’t respond. He died in the early morning due to severe cardiac arrest.

Om was an on-screen character who figured out how to straddle various silver screen genres and could do the most versatile roles, from out and out down-market to the most magnificent. What is significantly more imperative, handled how to do them all with virtuoso perfection. In this way, from comic Bollywood type to incredible theater, he left his deep-seated stamp on the cinema world that nobody can imitate.

Om puri was not only an actor of Indian cinema but a global personality when it comes to versatility in roles. He has been appeared in Pakistani movies, Na Maloom Afraad and Actor-In-Law and left pleasant effects in the minds of Pakistanis through recent courageous stance on Kashmir issue. He visited Pakistan frequently, being an ardent supporter of Pak-India cultural collaborations and was a regular fixture on the film and literary festival circuit in Pakistan. Om Puri's first visit to Pakistan was at the invitation of the Kara Film Festival in 2004. He had several times visited the country to attend the film and literary festivals.

Puri played several mainstream commercial characters in Pakistani, Indian, British and Hollywood films and art films, from the iconic role of George Khan in British dramedies East is East and West is West to President Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson's War. He also appeared in the British TV series Jewel in the Crown and the film City of Joy.

By acclaiming, more than 100 films, Om Puri owned the cinema industry for almost four decades. He had been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India. He was also nominated for the 'BAFTA Award' for his performance in the movie 'East is East'.

Om Puri was 66 years old. Om Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Punjabi family on Oct 18, 1950. He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India. He is also an alumnus of the 1973 batch of National School of Drama along with co-actor Naseer Ud Din Shah. He made his first appearance in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi theater of the same name by Vijay Tendulkar. One of best performances he gave in movies like Aakrosh, Gandhi, Mirch Masala, Narsimha, Maachis, Gupt, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Chachi 420, Malamaal Weekly, Don, Chup Chup Ke, Agneepath, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, The Ghost and the Darkness, My Son the Fanatic and many more.

When the death news of Om Puri did the rounds, Celebrities around the world went under grief. Bollywood celebrities were shocked by the death of the actor and expressed their sadness over social networking site.

Starting from the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who condoled on his death,

To the friends and colleagues, who left shell-shocked on his death,

Every person is shocked on his tragic demise. Om Puri will always be remembered to his fans through his brilliant persona.

Above everything, Om Puri was a humanist. He made immense efforts to bridge the gap between religions and nations. He was against religious extremism and hypocrisy. One of his powerful dialogue was, Mazhab Insano ke liye banta hai, Insan mazhab ke liye nahi, (Religion is created for the humans, not human are created for religion) May his soul rest in peace!

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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