Mumbai: Veteran actor and Padma Shri awarded Om Prakesh Puri passed away at 66 due to a severe cardiac arrest in the early hours of Friday morning.
Om Puri, the legend has given us excellent movies from all genres. He has always been hailed for taking a lead role in the new wave and mainstream cinema and taking the Bollywood industry a leap forward.
Om Puri started his career in bollywood with his debut film Ghashiram Kotwal in 1972 at the age 22. The play was adapted into a Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal. The main characters were played by Prakash Belawadi and Mohan Agashe. Film’s screenplay was written by Vijay Tendulkar, himself.
Other than this, Om Puri has done films of various genre which had acclaimed him great popularity. But we give you his 5 best movies to be cherished at all times:
1. Aakrosh (1980): Om Puri achieved his first best actor award in 1981. Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah won Best Actor and Best Supporting actor, respectively, for their spellbinding performances in Aakrosh.
2. Arohan (1983): The plot of Arohan revolved around Hari played by Om Puri, who is a poor farmer and falls victim victim to the cruelty of landlord. The movie was greatly appreciated by critics and it earned Puri his first National Award in the best actor category.
3. Ardh Satya (1983): This film was a cop-drama and Om Puri played the role of a protagonist of this Hindi movie. The story revolved around him as he is unable to fulfil his duties properly as an honest cop. This 1983 off-beat movie by Govind Nihalani was a career defining moment for Om Puri and he won the National Award for his brilliant acting.
4.Ghayal(1990): Om Puri wasn’t just good at off-beat cinema but he also made his presence felt in mainstream masala movies. Ghayal is a prime example of his superlative acting skills that weren’t limited by genres. Om Puri plays role of ACP D’Souza in this film and earned a nomination in the supporting actor category at the Filmfare Awards.
5. Maachis (1996): This film was one of the rare movies that tackled the problem of political indoctrination with expertise. Set against the backdrop of the Sikh insurgency the plot revolves around youth of Punjab who are sandwiched between political deficiencies and ideology. Om Puri did a phenomal job in the movie and managed another Filmfare nomination in the category of the best supporting actor.
6. Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997): Om Puri played the role of inspector Udham Singh In the film. He was asked to investigate a murder in this movie and his realistic acting earned him a nomination in the supporting category at the Filmfare Awards. His movie added to the tension of the movie at large.
7. Hera Pheri (2000): In a minor role, Om Puri as Khadak Singh won our hearts with his comic timing.
Om Puri’s last venture into commercial films could have been Salman-starrer ‘Tubelight’ ,but the film is still in its pre-production stage. It’s to be seen what awaits the film.