Friday, 6 January 2017


A legend of Indian cinema, and indeed of world cinema, actor Om Puri has died, age 66, on today, the 6th of January 2017. He never conformed to either Bollywood nor Hollywood's standards of what a movie star should be, yet Puri clocked up more than 303 credits over a career spanning more than 40 years. During that time, he received a BAFTA nominaton, two Indian National Film Awards, a Best Actor award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and a Silver Medallian from the Telluride Film Festival. For his contributions to cinema, he was also awarded a Padma Shri, and was named an honorary Officer of the British Empire. His was a varied career, frequently appearing on both cinema and television screens around the world, crossing cultural boundaries in his native India by portraying characters of several different nationalities, faiths and backgrounds. Among his most popular credits are titles such as Ardh Satya, My Son the Fanatic, East Is East, Charlie Wilson's War, a memorable part in Gandhi and his acclaimed turn in Arohan. The world mourns the passing of one of its most cherished film talents.