The Oscars Pays Tribute To Veteran Actor Om Puri And Bollywood Swells Up With Pride

It was a moment of pride to see Indian veteran actor Om Puri featured in the 89th Academy Awards’ ‘In Memoriam’ montage that honours the talents, posthumously. The ace actor passed away earlier this year due to cardiac arrest, which came as a shock to his every one.

Om Puri was featured in the video montage along with legends Carrie Fisher, Prince, Gene Wilder, Michael Cimino, Patty Duke, Garry Marshall, Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Curtis Hanson, John Hurt, among others.

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The Oscars posthumously honours talented actors from across the globe, and Mr Puri was one of them. He was quite a name before young guns like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone stepped into the Hollywood league. In addition to his body of work in Bollywood, he was known for his roles in Hollywood films like ‘East Is East’, ‘City Of Joy’, ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ and Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’ which bagged eight Oscars in 1983.

 

Jennifer Aniston, who got emotional, introduced the Memoriam segment and Sara Bareilles performed the Joni Mitchell song “Both sides now”, while they legends were being honoured on screen.

 

 

Feeling emotional, Mr Puri’s wife Nandita and son Ishaan told Pinkvllla,

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The only Indian actor to have worked consistently in Hollywood and British cinema for the last 25 years, without a fuss and letting his work speak for itself, today the Academy of Motion Pictures acknowledged his contribution at its 89th Awards. The first and only Indian actor to be acknowledged thus. Thank you, Academy. Thank you, everyone. We miss you, Om. We miss you lots.”

 

Even Twitterati was touched by the gesture and took to the social media to share their reactions,

1. Anupama Chopra was feeling wonderful upon seeing Om ji  being honoured.

 

2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was miffed at Bollywood awards functions for not honouring Om Puri.

 

3. Yami Gautam was proud.

 

4. Sonu Sood has worked him with him several films.

 

5. Richa Chadha was touched.

 

6. Exactly us!

 

7. Milap Zaveri, too, tweeted about it.

 

8. Resul had won an Oscar for Sound Mixing and Design.

 

9. Everyone was happy to see Mr Puri in the montage.

 

10. Truly a moment of pride mixed with sadness of his departure.

Known for his style of acting, baritone voice and exceptional emoting skills, Mr Puri is truly missed. He has given us such memorable roles which will be cherished for a really long time.