Indian actor Om Puri, whose repertoire as an actor reflected a rare realism and was popular for films like ‘East Is East’, ‘Gandhi’, ‘City of Joy’ and ‘Wolf’, was honoured at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in the “In Memoriam” montage.
Om Puri, who died after a heart attack in Mumbai in January earlier this year, got a musical tribute by Grammy and Tony-nominated singer and songwriter Sara Bareilles.
Bareilles delivered a special performance of the Joni Mitchell song “Both sides now”. A visibly emotional actress Jennifer Aniston introduced the memoriam segment.
Om Puri was remembered at the awards ceremony, which was held at the Dolby Theatre here on Sunday.
He was included in the annual montage along with Carrie Fisher, Prince, Gene Wilder, Michael Cimino, Patty Duke, Garry Marshall, Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Curtis Hanson and John Hurt.
Om Puri was a great artists who worked in both India and abroad. In this long career he was active as a mainstream commercial actor and also in independent and art films.
Om got recognised for his roles in ‘Aakrosh’ (1980), ‘Arohan’ (1982) and tv films such as ‘Sadgati’ (1981) and ‘Tamas’ (1987). Om Puri has done a perfect blend of serious and light-hearted roles throughout his career. The Padma Shri award winner has also received an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.