Here is the latest Bollywood celebrity news. Om Puri is no more with us. At the age of 66, he passed away due to heart attack. A recipient of Padma Shri and National Film Awards, Om Puri has given us a lot of gems to watch. His acting skills were unmatchable, and he was certainly one of the finest actors that Bollywood has ever produced. This loss has left a deep void in the tinsel town which can never be filled. He has left the world, but his art has made him immortal. On the day of his death, let’s take a look at some of his best performances on the silver screen.
With Om Puri in the lead, the movie boasts of an incredible cast which include Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Hard-hitting and angst-ridden, Ardh Satya is one of the finest movies of Bollywood. Om Puri won a National award for Best actor due to his role of cop in the movie. In fact, the movie was featured in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and Om Puri won the award of the best actor there. Ardh Satya is neither over-the-top nor pretentious as other Bollywood cop movies, and that’s what makes it so realistic.
Another critically acclaimed movie that brought honour to Om Puri is Dharavi. The movie was a joint venture of NFDC and Doordarshan. Set in the largest slum of Asia, Dharavi, the movie shows the struggle of a taxi driver to survive in the city of dreams. With Shabana Azmi and Om Puri in the main leads, Dharavi is a wonderful movie. The movie was honoured with 3 National Awards for the Best Feature Film, Best Music Direction and Best Editing. It was also featured in London Film Festival and Mannheim International Film Festival.
Released in the year 1980, the movie is backed by the powerful performances of Om Puri, Amrish Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. The movie also won a National Award for the Best Feature Film. In the International Film Festival of India, the movie won ‘Golden Peacock’. Besides that, Aakrosh also won a lot of Filmfare Awards that year. Dark and angst-ridden, Aakrosh is a gritty satire on the issue of corruption. Om Puri delivered an honest performance, and it was one of the best performances of his career. The movie is also said to have shaped the Indian Cinema.
Dealing with the sensitive issue of terrorism, this crime drama depicted the life of innocent police offers against terrorism. This movie was India’s official entry in the Academy Awards that year. Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah were the lead actors in the movie, and gave raw and honest performances which added to the charm of the movie.
City of Joy
This French-British Drama was released in 1992 and dealt with the poverty in the India, especially in the rural areas. With a powerful cast of Om Puri, Shabana Azmi and Patrick Swayze, City of Joy tried to stay as honest to the portrayal of India as possible. Om Puri unveiled his magnificent acting ability in the movie.