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Om Puri, a veteran of Bollywood, Hollywood and UK film, dies aged 66

Gemma Strong

Om Puri, one of India's most critically acclaimed actors, has passed away in Mumbai. The 66-year-old was found dead at his home on Friday morning, after reportedly suffering a heart attack. A versatile actor, Om was known for his roles in Indian, Pakistani, British and Hollywood films, and was awarded an honorary OBE for his contrition to the film industry in 2004.

Om made his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal, and became a prominent figure in India’s arthouse cinema scene in the 1980s and 1990s, but he achieved international fame for his appearances in Hollywood movies such as Charlie Wilson's War, City of Joy, Wolf and The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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Om Puri, celebrated Indian actor, dies aged 66

Om Puri, pictured with his Hundred-Foot Journey co-star Helen Mirren, has sadly passed away

He was also well known to British audiences for his roles in films including East is East and My Son the Fanatic.

Just last month, Om reflected on his four-decade career in a poignant tweet. "I have no regrets at all," he wrote. "I have done quite well for myself, I didn't have a conventional face, but I have done well, and I am proud of it."

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led the tributes to the late star. "The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre and films," a post on Twitter read.

Om Puri, celebrated Indian actor, dies aged 66

Om starred as Zaheed 'George' Khan in the 1999 film East is East, alongside Linda Bassett

Film actor Rahul Dev wrote, "Had the privilege of working with Om Ji in four films. A supreme talent, shocked to hear about his sad demise, can't believe it", while British star Sophie Choudry added: "A very sad day for cinema. One of the most gifted actors whose brilliant work here & abroad can never be forgotten #RIPOmPuri."

Film actor and director Kamal Haasan said: "So long Omji. Prided myself on being his friend, peer & admirer. WHo dare say my Om Puri is no more? He lives through his work."

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