The news of the demise of Veteran Actor, Om Puri went viral on Social Media today after Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit confirmed it on Twitter. The Legendary Actor Om Puri, aged 66 years, died after suffering from a heart attack early in the morning today at his residence in Andheri, Mumbai.  Condolences are pouring in from all the Film Fraternity, Celebrities and common people!

Om Puri has been an indivisible part of Bollywood in his illustrious career of four decades. Through his numerous memorable roles in movies and tele-serials, he has been an indivisible part of our lives too. He has been one of the very few distinctive actors who could strike a perfect balance between Mainstream Movies and Art Movies.

An honest cop in Ardh Satya to the corrupt cop of Maqbool, the transition of various shades of a Cop act by Om Puri has been phenomenally smooth! The unspoken torments of Dukhi Chamar in Sadgati, the oppressed farmer Bhiku in Aakrosh, the simpleton Milkman of Malamal weekly, cunning Banwarilal of Chachi 420 to the funny drunkard Ahuja in Jaane bhi do Yaaron…Om Puri’s outstanding performance has made these roles immortal! Kirdar and Tamas are few among many Television Serials that got Om Puri well acclaimed.

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His stint with International Cinema turned out to be a highly successful Venture. His roles in British Movie ‘My son the Fanatic’ got him the Best Actor Award in the Brussels International Film Festival. The British Film Industry conferred Puri with ‘Honorary Officer of the British Empire’ for his invaluable contribution to the British Cinema. He carved a niche for himself in Hollywood too. Apart from the International honors and Awards, Om Puri has been the recipient of and ‘Padma Shri’, National Awards Filmfare Awards.

Of late, Om Puri’s comments against Indian Army and against the ban on Pakistani artists had created a furore among Indians.  He was slammed on Social Media and Mainstream Media for his ill-timed comment in the wake of Uri Attack and subsequent Surgical Strike by our Army. The news of the actor’s death shortly after all the unwanted controversy has left Indians with mixed emotions. As per Indian culture, Indians don’t hold grudge against the dead.

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Om Puri apologized Indians for his inappropriate comment on Soldiers. He said, “I am very embarrassed at what I said and I deserve punishment, not forgiveness. I first apologise to his (an Uri attack martyr) family, if at all they will forgive me, I apologize to the whole country, the army. I know it’s not justified that you say so much and then think a sorry will make it right. I am guilty and I deserve a punishment. I want to be tried by the army, I should be court-martialled. I want a constructive punishment. The army should teach me how to use weapons and send me on the same site where that brave man had sacrificed himself for the country. I don’t want to be forgiven. I am pleading to the nation I want to be punished.”

Well, did Om Puri inflict punishment on himself by taking it to heart? God knows!

Jyothi Suparna Chincholi

@yamini_jyoti