Veteran Indian actor Om Puri dies at 66 after a heart attack

Bollywood actor Om Puri speaks during a press conference announcing that Toronto will host the first ever Punjabi International Film Academy Awards (PIFAA) in Toronto on April 12, 2012.
Bollywood actor Om Puri speaks during a press conference announcing that Toronto will host the first ever Punjabi International Film Academy Awards (PIFAA) in Toronto on April 12, 2012.PHOTO: REUTERS
British actress Helen Mirren (left) and Indian actor Om Puri (right) arriving for the Gala Screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey at the Curzon Mayfair in London, Britain, on Sept 3, 2014.
British actress Helen Mirren (left) and Indian actor Om Puri (right) arriving for the Gala Screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey at the Curzon Mayfair in London, Britain, on Sept 3, 2014. PHOTO: EPA
A cinema still from The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring (from left) Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren.
A cinema still from The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring (from left) Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren. PHOTO: WALT DISNEY PICTURES
Cast members, Indian actor Om Puri (left) and Indian actress Ila Arun (right), arriving at the premiere of British director Andy de Emmony's movie West Is West during the 54th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival held at the Vue West End
Cast members, Indian actor Om Puri (left) and Indian actress Ila Arun (right), arriving at the premiere of British director Andy de Emmony's movie West Is West during the 54th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival held at the Vue West End in London, Britain, on Oct 19, 2010. PHOTO: EPA
Indian actor Om Puri smiling during his felicitation ceremony organised by the Rotary Club of Mumbai, in Bombay, on Aug 15, 2004.
Indian actor Om Puri smiling during his felicitation ceremony organised by the Rotary Club of Mumbai, in Bombay, on Aug 15, 2004.PHOTO: REUTERS

Veteran Indian actor Om Puri has died at age 66.

Indian media reports say that his death was due to a heart attack, and that he was found in bed at his residence in Andheri, Mumbai.

While he starred mainly in Bollywood films, he was also part of crossover efforts such as The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) starring Helen Mirren, and British comedies East Is East (1999) and West Is West (2010). He also had a cameo in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982).

The actor was awarded the title of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990, and given an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.

Reactions to his death have poured in from film industry counterparts and even the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister's Office tweeted: "The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films."

Bollywood director Karan Johar tweeted: "Solid actor....Solid filmography....immense talent.... #RIPOmPuri ....cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist..."