Leaders Pay Tributes To Om Puri

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New Delhi: Tributes poured in for Om Puri with a galaxy of political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi condoling the demise of the veteran actor, saying the film industry has lost a pillar.

The actor died at his residence in Mumbai this morning after a massive heart attack. He was 66. The Prime Minister recalled Puri’s long career in theatre and films, while Sonia Gandhi remembered him as a versatile actor.

“Om Puri was a gifted actor and socially conscious human being… Indian film industry has lost a pillar,” Gandhi said and prayed for peace and strength to his family and admirers.

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Describing him as one of the finest talents of Indian cinema and theatre, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said, “Mr Om Puri will live on through the many unforgettable characters he brought to life.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “His acting skills were appreciated around the world. Condolences to family, friends fraternity.”

Punjab Congress President and former chief minister Amarinder Singh said he was “deeply saddened to hear about sudden demise of veteran actor Om Puri. Condolences to the family”.