By: Noman Naushad Lalani Bollywood actor Om Puri, who also performed in Hollywood films such as Gandhi, City Of Joy and East Is East, was paid tribute at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in the “In Memoriam” montage. Om Puri won the National Award for Best Actor for the films Aakrosh and Ardh Satya. He received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his services to the film industry. In 2004, he received an honorary Order of British Empire for contributions to British cinema. Om Puri died after a heart attack last month in Mumbai. He was recognized for his deep baritone and versatile acting, as well as rough, pocked but distinctive face. He had empathy towards socially relevant cinema. He was included in the annual montage along with Prince, Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder, Patty Duke, Garry Marshall, Mary Tyler Moore, Anton Yelchin, Michael Cimino, John Hurt and Curtis Hanson. People took to twitter to express their appreciation towards the tribute.
So wonderful to see Om Puri up there with all the other great talents we lost. #Oscars— Anupama Chopra (@anupamachopra) February 27, 2017
@TheAcademy #Oscars paid homage 2 late #OmPuri, But in #bollywood award functions nobody converse single word for his contribution... SHAME — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) February 27, 2017
They showed Om Puri in the tribute video for the people we lost in 2016. #Oscars Thank you! #OmPuri — Sriram Varma (@sriramForU) February 27, 2017