January 6 2017
ONE OF INDIA’S best known international stars has died.
Om Puri is reported to have had a heart attack in Mumbai, where he lives, earlier today. He was 66.
He spent a lot of his career in the 1990s in Britain, appearing in such films as “East is East” which became one of the largest independent hits of its time.
His portrayal of the cantankerous George Khan was at the centre of the movie and gave it an edge that would not have been possible without him.
He first broke through internationally with a small part in the late Sir Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” (1982).
He also had a long career in Indian films and we recently spoke to him about his first ever Pakistani film – “Actor in Law”.
In India he was highly respected and known for such films as “Ardh Satya”, “Sadgati”, and “Paar”.
He also starred in a “Hundred-Foot Journey” alongside Helen Mirren.
A slew of stars have already paid tribute to his immense talent – among them – Akshay Kumar, Sachin Tendulkar and South Indian film star, Kamal Haasan.
We will have more later.
Picture: Om Puri in a Hundred Foot Journey