A fat nose and choppy face, these are not the characteristics that would help to become a recognized and successful actor in the world of Bollywood. But the legendary actor Om Puri showed that appearances are not a problem when one is endowed with a strong will and an abundance of talent. The actor died Friday morning after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was 66 years old. His death is the first and irreparable loss of world cinema in 2017.
Before he began appearing in films that catered to the fads of the mass audience, Puri was one of the pioneers of Indian art house films. He played several memorable and hard-hitting roles, reflecting current social problems in as realistic a time as possible. In the span of more than 40 years, he has performed in several languages, including Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi and English films.