Bollywood actor Om Puri is no more
Entertainment Desk: Bollywood famousactor Om Puri has passed away following a severe heart early Friday morning. The veteran artist was 66 years old.
The family member said Puri was "found dead" in his bed at his home in the western city of Mumbai early on Friday.
Om Puri acted in both mainstream and art films in Bollywood.
Puri, who was born in Haryana in 1950, appeared in numerous projects in Bollywood, as well as Pakistani, British, and American films. He acted in East is East, popular movie from 1999, Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and 2003 British TV series Second Generation.
The actor studied at Pune's Film and Television Institute of India. In National School of Drama, class of 1973, he was a colleague of Naseeruddin Shah.
For his services to the English movie industry, the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) award was bestowed upon him in 2004.
In October last year, Puri got entangled in a controversy for his comment on the killing of 19 Indian soldiers in the September Uri attacks, as he stated that Pakistani artists are not terrorists.
Puri faced intense criticism for what he said, causing many Indians to label him "insensitive," and leading to an FIR being filed against him.
He also appeared in British films like Jewel in the Crown and City of Joy.
Puri was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.