Risingbd Desk: Veteran Indian actor Om Puri, star of British hit East is East, has died aged 66.
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.
The family member said Puri was "found dead" in his bed at his home in the western city of Mumbai early on Friday.
Media reports said that the actor had died of a heart attack.
Om Puri acted in both mainstream and art films in Bollywood.
Born on October 18, 1950, hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film 'Ghashiram Kotwal'.
A critically acclaimed actor, Puri featured in films like 'Ardh Satya', 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' and 'Mirch Masala'. More recently, he was seen in the movies, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' and 'Ghayal Once Again'.
He also appeared in British films like Jewel in the Crown and City of Joy.
Puri was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.
risingbd/Jan 06, 2017/ Mukul