Actor Om Puri passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Friday morning.
The 66 year old actor was famous for acting in a slew of critically acclaimed films like Ardh Satya, Aakrosh, Jane Bhi Do Yaaron, Bhavni Bhavai, Mirch Masala and Dharavi.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who was a close friend of the actor, first confirmed the sad news of his demise on Twitter.
Puri returned home last evening after a shoot. Reportedly his door bell went unanswered on Friday morning, following which his driver raised an alarm.
Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 6, 2017
Hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal.
An alumnus of National School of Drama and Film and Television Institute of India, Om Puri was considered one of the pillars of parallel cinema in India.
Condolences are pouring in for the late actor.
The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 6, 2017
Solid actor....Solid filmography....immense talent.... #RIPOmPuri ....cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
Shocked to know that the immensely talented actor #OmPuri passed away. Big loss to our film industry. RIP 🙏— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) January 6, 2017
Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our greatest actors #OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened & shocked.— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 6, 2017
Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema & life ?— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 6, 2017