Mumbai: Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar and Javed Akhtar expressed their shock over veteran actor Om Puri’s sudden demise, calling it a huge loss to Indian cinema.
The actor, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence here this morning after a massive heart attack. He was 66.
Taking to social media, Puri’s former co-stars and friends mourned his death.
Hailing him as an “exceptional talent”, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has condoled the death of his friend, actor Om Puri saying he is in grief after hearing the news.
Another bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has condoled the death of veteran actor Om Puri and said he will miss the actor as well as his hearty laughter.
Fondly remembering the times he spent with Puri during the shoot of “Don 2” in Berlin, Shah Rukh tweeted, “Gods garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best”. Will miss your laughter over the shared brandy in Berlin. Will miss you lots Omji. RIP.”
Akshay Kumar, who worked with Puri in films like “Aan: Men at Work”, “Hera Pheri”, “Awara Paagal Deewana” and “OMG Oh My God!”, tweeted, “Sad to hear about the passing away of the very talented Om Puri, my co-actor in many films…heartfelt condolences to the family. #RIP
Director Karan Johar said in Puri’s death cinema had lost a brilliant artist. “Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist,” Johar tweeted.
Actor Anupam Kher, who also worked with Puri in many films, said the actor’s death came as a shock to him. “Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our greatest actors #OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened and shocked.”
Priyanka Chopra, posted, “The end of an era… The legacy lives on.. RIP #OmPuri.”
Veteran scriptwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar said Puri was not only a great actor but also a brilliant human being. “It’s really a great loss. Wonderful person, great actor and with such impressive body of work right from Satyajit Ray to any commercial Hindi film to films in US and Pakistan. He played all kind of roles.
Mahesh Bhatt said, “Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema and life.”
Shoojit Sircar, tweeted, “RIP Om puri… interactions with you were always full of life.. you were one of the finest artists we are proud of..
Madhur Bhandarkar, wrote, “Shocked to know that the immensely talented actor #OmPuri passed away. Big loss to our film industry. RIP
While, Riteish Deshmukh, posted, “Shocked beyond words to learn that #OmPuri ji is no more. Will miss you sir.