Actor Om Puri is a name to reckon with not only in Bollywood but Hollywood also. Aside from featuring in a number of remarkable films in India, he also acted in several international projects which earned him a lot of name and fame. He appeared in a string of critically acclaimed international films including ‘East Is East’ (1999), ‘Gandhi’ (1982) and ‘City Of Joy’ (1992), to mention a few. Born on 18th October, 1959, Om Puri breathed list last on 6th January, 2017, after having an illustrious movie career and starring in hundreds of remarkable commercial and parallel films. He was honored at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in the ‘In Memoriam’ montage which remembered those artists which left for their heavenly abode last year.
Om Puri was one of India’s finest and most versatile actors. After honing his acting skills at the National School of Drama and then the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, he made his acting debut in the 1976 Marathi film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’. Soon, he transitioned to Hindi films and starred in a number of acclaimed movies such as ‘Aakrosh’ (1980), ‘Disco Dancer’ (1982) and ‘Ardh Satya’ (1982). ‘Ardh Satya’ earned him his first National Film Award for Best Actor. After featuring in various Hindi films, he tried his hands in the international market and garnered praises for his notable cameo in 1982 movie ‘Gandhi’. He also starred in the British film ‘East Is East’ and its sequel ‘West Is West’. Besides these movies, his other notable international projects include ‘City of Joy’ (1992), ‘Wolf’ (1994), ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ (1996) and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ (2007). Despite the presence of many famed international artistes, the actor delivered his best and stood out of the rest in all his international endeavors. Om Puri has been conferred with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his services to the film industry. His last few films include ‘Ghayal Once Again’ (2016) and ‘Mirzya’ (2016).