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Popular Indian character actor Om Puri dead at 66

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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2010 file photo, Indian actor Om Puri poses during a London Film Festival photocall of West is West, at a central London cinema. Noted Indian character actor Puri died in the western city of Mumbai on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. In a career spanning more than three decades, Puri had won a slew of national awards and international fame for his work in several critically acclaimed films. He also acted in the British comedy East is East, about the life of a Pakistani immigrant in England and had a small role in Richard Attenborough’s film “Gandhi,” based on the life of the Indian freedom leader Mohandas Gandhi. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2010 file photo, Indian actor Om Puri poses during a London Film Festival photocall of West is West, at a central London cinema. Noted Indian character actor Puri died in the western city of Mumbai on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. In a career spanning more than three decades, Puri had won a slew of national awards and international fame for his work in several critically acclaimed films. He also acted in the British comedy East is East, about the life of a Pakistani immigrant in England and had a small role in Richard Attenborough’s film “Gandhi,” based on the life of the Indian freedom leader Mohandas Gandhi. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Noted Indian character actor Om Puri has died in the western city of Mumbai. He was 66.

In this July 22, 2008 photo, cast member of the film Shoot on Sight, Indian actor Om Puri attends a press conference at a hotel in central London to mark the film's UK release. Noted Indian character actor Puri died in the western city of Mumbai on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. In a career spanning more than three decades, Puri had won a slew of national awards and international fame for his work in several critically acclaimed films. He also acted in the British comedy East is East, about the life of a Pakistani immigrant in England and had a small role in Richard Attenborough’s film “Gandhi,” based on the life of the Indian freedom leader Mohandas Gandhi. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) © The Associated Press In this July 22, 2008 photo, cast member of the film Shoot on Sight, Indian actor Om Puri attends a press conference at a hotel in central London to mark the film's UK release. Noted Indian character actor Puri died in the western city of Mumbai on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. In a career spanning more than three decades, Puri had won a slew of national awards and international fame for his work in several critically acclaimed films. He also acted in the British comedy East is East, about the life of a Pakistani immigrant in England and had a small role in Richard Attenborough’s film “Gandhi,” based on the life of the Indian freedom leader Mohandas Gandhi. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of leading movie stars tweeted condolence messages shortly after Puri's death Friday morning.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Puri had won a slew of national awards and international fame for his work in several critically acclaimed films.

His breakthrough film was the 1983 gritty drama "Ardh Satya," or "Half Truth," about a young policeman's crisis of conscience as he deals with the nexus of crime and politics in India.

He also acted in the British comedy "East is East," about the life of a Pakistani immigrant in England, and had a small role in Richard Attenborough's film "Gandhi," based on the life of the Indian freedom leader Mohandas Gandhi. He also acted in several Hollywood films, including "City of Joy," ''Wolf" and "Charlie Wilson's War."

In 2014, Puri starred with British actress Helen Mirren in the comedy "The Hundred-Foot Journey."

Puri was made an honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to British cinema in 2004.

His body will be cremated later Friday.

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