Om Puri: A life in pictures

Published: January 6, 2017
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Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri, 66, passed away early Friday morning in Mumbai after suffering cardiac arrest.

Born on October 18, 1950, the actor made his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal. He was known for his performances in Indian, as well as Pakistani and Hollywood movies.

A versatile artist, Puri became a key player in India’s arthouse cinema scene in the 1980s and 1990s but achieved international fame for his roles in Hollywood films such as City of JoyWolf, and Charlie Wilson’s War. Puri was also awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire). He was given the Padma Shri in 1990 for his contribution to cinema. Among Puri’s well known films were Aakrosh (1980), Ardh Satya (1982) for which he won the National Award for Best Actor, and British film East is East (1999).

Puri made a name for himself in the 1980s with the alternative art cinema that found a niche audience in India and here we pay tribute to Om Puri through a series of pictures captured throughout his life.

Actor Om Puri in film ARDH SATYA. Express archive photo

Actor Om Puri in film Ardh Satya.

Actor Om Puri and Supriya Pathak in film BAHU KI AWAAZ. Express archive photo

Om Puri and Supriya Pathak in Bahu Ki Awaaz.

Actor Om Puri. Express archive photo

A head shot of actor Om Puri.

Actor Om Puri. Express archive photo

Om Puri in character on set.

Nikhil Advani, Kiran Shantaram, Vinod Kumar, Dhirubhai Shah, Anil Nagrath, Prakash Jha, Pooja Shetty, Om Puri and Anurag Basu. Express archive photo

Om Puri stands alongside others from the industry at an award ceremony.

Actor Javed Jaffrey, Saira Bano and Om Puri. Express archive photo

Actor Javed Jaffrey, Saira Bano and Om Puri.

Actor Om Puri in KIRDAR. Express archive photo

Om Puri in a scene from Kirdar.

Actor Om Puri in KIRDAR. Express archive photo

Another shot of Om Puri in Kirdar.

Actor Om Puri being felicitated by Rajesh Khanna. Express archive photo

Actor Om Puri being felicitated by Rajesh Khanna.

Director Shashi Lal Nair, Om Puri, Supriya Pathak, Rakesh Roshan and Producer BS Grover on the set of film BAHU KI AWAAZ. Express archive photo

Director Shashi Lal Nair, Om Puri and others on the set of film Bahu Ki Awaaz.

Film star Anuradha Patel and Om Puri in film PATTHAR. Express archive photo

Film star Anuradha Patel and Om Puri in film Pathar.

Actor Kanwaljit Singh and Om Puri in tv serial AAHAT. Express archive photo

Actor Kanwaljit Singh and Om Puri in TV serial Aahat. PHOTO: INDIAN EXPRESS ARCHIVES

Actor Om Puri and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Express archive photo

Actor Om Puri and Sadashiv Amrapurkar.

Film star Kamal Hassan, Anup Jalota, ? and Om Puri. Express archive photo

Film star Kamal Hassan, Anup Jalota and Om Puri.

Actor Om Puri with Revathi. Express archive photo

Om Puri with Revathi. PHOTO: INDIAN EXPRESS ARCHIVES

Actor Om Puri. Express archive photo

Actor Om Puri in character.

Film star Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Vashu Bhagnani, Om Puri, ?, Fardeen Khan, Mahima Chaudhary, Anupam Kher and Urmila Matondkar on the set of film OM JAI JAGDISH. Express archive photo

Om Puri, Fardeen Khan, Anupam Kher, Urmila Matondkar and others on the set of film Om Jai Jagdish.

Film star Om Puri and Director Pradeep Maini on the set of MISS INDIA - the Mystery. Express archive photo

Film star Om Puri and Director Pradeep Maini on the set of Miss India-the Mystery.

Director Dinkar Chowdhury briefing Om Puri on the set of film AKANKSHA. Express archive photo

Director Dinkar Chowdhury briefing Om Puri on the set of film Akanksha.

Film star Om Puri and director Yash Chopra. Express archive photo

Film star Om Puri and director Yash Chopra.

FIlm star Anupam Kher, Abhishek Bachchan and Om Puri on the set of film OM JAI JAGDISH. Express archive photo

Film star Anupam Kher, Abhishek Bachchan and Om Puri on the set of film Om Jai Jagdish.

Actor Om Puri. Express archive photo

Actor Om Puri during a shoot.

Film Director Shyam Benegal and Om Puri. Express archive photo

Film Director Shyam Benegal and Om Puri.

PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

All images used belong to The Indian Express photo archives

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