Om Puri full Name Om Prakesh Puri (18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017) was an Charismatic Indian actor who appeared in mainstream commercial Indian, British, and American films, as well as independent films and art films.
He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990; and in 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Puri worked in numerous Indian films, as well as many films produced in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Body of Work
He made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the same name by Vijay Tendulkar. It was directed by K. Hariharan and Mani Kaul in cooperation with 16 graduates of the FTII. He has claimed that he was paid “peanuts” for his best work. Along with Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, he was among the main actors who starred in what was then referred to as art films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).
He was critically acclaimed for his performances in many unconventional roles such as a victimized tribal in Aakrosh (1980) (a film in which he spoke only during flash-back sequences); Jimmy’s manager in Disco Dancer (1982); a police inspector in Ardh Satya (1982), where he revolts against lifelong social, cultural and political persecution and for which he got the National Film Award for Best Actor; the leader of a cell of Sikh militants in Maachis (1996); as a tough cop again in the commercial film Gupt in 1997; and as the courageous father of a martyred soldier in Dhoop (2003)- Source- Wikipedia
Legendary actor #OmPuri passed away- Rare photos as tribute to him
Legendary actor #OmPuri passed away. Some rare photos as tribute to him. pic.twitter.com/vKF7lGr5mI
— dinesh akula (@dineshakula) January 6, 2017
— Alhaj Talukdar (@AlhajTalukdar1) December 2, 2016
@AnupamPkher An old pic of Naseer Saab & Om Puri ji… Two superb actors in the making. 😊🙏 #respect pic.twitter.com/IAofxOjaOJ
— IamAnmol (@anmol_iam) October 20, 2015
OM PURI’s POWERFUL PERFORMANCE IN TAMAS brought home HORRORS of PARTITION. The TV series by Govind Nihalani had audiences hooked 4 months. pic.twitter.com/j9ejSPkpFt
— Rasheed Kappan (@kappansky) January 6, 2017