The 66-year-old was found dead at his home on Friday morning, reportedly after suffering a heart attack. Om Puri’s body was taken to Cooper hospital for post-mortem, following which the funeral will take place at 6 pm.
Puri, born in the northern state of Haryana, made his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal.
Om Puri, who acted in both mainstream and art films, was known for his gritty performances in a number of landmark Indian films in the 1980s.
He also appeared in a number of British films, including a cameo in Richard Attenborough’s epic on Mahatma Gandhi.
A versatile actor, Puri was known for his roles in Indian, Pakistani, British and Hollywood films. He was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.
He found international fame for his roles in American and British films, including the 1999 British comedy East is East about a Pakistani immigrant adjusting to life in the north of England.
Puri also worked in City of Joy, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and most recently in The Hundred-Foot Journey.
At home, Puri was best-known for his performances in critically acclaimed films like Ardh Satya, Paar and the satirical Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.
Puri was one of India’s truly successful crossover actors, doing films with stars such as Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks.
His role in Govind Nihalani’s Aakrosh as a mute tribal falsely accused of the murder of a policeman in Ardh Satya beaten back by the system remains among the finest performances on Indian screen.
Many co-actors like Kamal Hassan, Anupam Kher, and Akshay Kumar have tweeted their griefs on his demise.
Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has led the tributes to the actor.
We At India Pages also pay our homage to this great and versatile artist… RIP Om Puri Ji – “Hum Jaane Kaise De Aapko…!” …