Remembering Om Puri: His Seven Most Memorable Performances

Veteran actor Om Puri, who successfully straddled movie careers in Bollywood and the West, died on Friday morning after a massive cardiac arrest. Puri, 66, is survived by estranged wife Nandita and son Ishsan. He was best-known for his performances in critically acclaimed films like Ardh Satya, Paar and the satirical Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Om Puri appeared not only in mainstream Bollywood films and regional Indian cinema, but also numerous British and Hollywood productions. The actor, who starred in around 300 movies, won the National Film Award for best actor for his role as a police inspector in the 1982 film Ardh Satya. He also received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India in the year 1990. Born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Railway officer, Om Puri studied at Pune's famous Film and Television Institute of India. He was also in the class of 1973 at the National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was a fellow student Here's a look at some of the best films of the iconic actor:


Om Puri played a ill-treated tribal in the film which was released in 1980. The was directed by Govind Nihalani and written by renowned Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar. It featured Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Amrish Puri in lead roles and bagged 1980 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and several Filmfare Awards.

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