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Om Puri legacy will live on: Celebrities

Om Puri legacy will live on: Celebrities

Celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar and Javed Akhtar expressed their shock Om Puri’s sudden demise, calling it a huge loss to Indian cinema. Taking to social media, Puri’s former co-stars and friends mourned his death. Hailing him as an “exceptional talent”, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has condoled the death of his friend, Om Puri saying he is in grief after hearing the news. Bachchan, 74, who has collaborated with Puri in several films including ‘Ghatak,’ ‘Dev,’ ‘Baabul,’ ‘Kyun ! Ho Gaya Na’ and ‘Lakshya,’ took to Twitter to express his shock over the actor’s passing. “Shocked to learn of OM PURI Ji’s passing just now.. a dear friend a lovable colleague and an exceptional talent ..in grief!” Bachchan posted. Kamal Haasan tweeted, “So long Omji. Prided myself on being his friend peer & admirer. Who dare say my Om Puri is no more ? He lives through his work.” Veteran scriptwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar said Puri was not only a great actor but also a brilliant human being. “It’s really a great loss. Wonderful person, great actor and with such impressive body of work right from Satyajit Ray to any commercial Hindi film to films in US and Pakistan. He played all kind of roles. “Om puri will be missed as a friend. It’s a bit shocking at the moment and I’m feeling a bit numb. In the moment all of us are taken aback.” Actress Shabana Azmi, who was among his friends too, wrote, “Om Puri! You have left us all too early… The fun the laughter the arguments so vividly etched in my mind…Will miss you.” Actor Anupam Kher, who also worked with Puri in many films, said the actor’s death came as a shock to him. “Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our greatest actors #OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened and shocked.” Akshay Kumar, who worked with Puri in films like ‘Aan: Men at Work,’ ‘Hera Pheri,’ ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ and ‘OMG Oh My God!,’ tweeted, “Sad to hear about the passing away of the very talented Om Puri, my co-actor in many films…heartfelt condolences to the family. #RIP.” “Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist,” Johar tweeted. Priyanka Chopra, posted, “The end of an era… The legacy lives on.. RIP #OmPuri.”

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