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R.I.P. Om Puri, prolific Indian character actor

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Indian actor Om Puri—whose career spanned continents—has died, according to the Associated Press. Puri’s vast credits include countless Bollywood films, as well as the likes of Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, and, more recently, Lasse Hallström‘s The Hundred-Foot Journey. He was 66.

In a remembrance for The Guardian, Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha called Puri “one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation.” She added: “He put a human face on a label and showed we all want the best for our children and families.” Puri and Chadha recently collaborated on the period piece Viceroy’s House, which is due out in the United Kingdom in March and also stars Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon.


On Twitter, fellow actors paid tribute to Puri. Riz Ahmed, who worked with him in Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, said he “transcended boundaries.”

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, also recognized Puri’s achievements.


According to The Guardian, Puri’s death was caused by a heart attack.

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