Mumbai, India (Web Desk): First death anniversary of acclaimed Indian actor Om Puri is being observed today (Friday).

Om Puri died on January 5, 2017, due to a massive heart attack.

Puri made his debut in the mid-1970s before going on to star in a number of major Hindi hits as well as, controversially, in some Pakistani movies.

Puri appeared in Pakistani film Actor In Law ast year. He had several times visited the country to attend the film and literary festivals.

He was known in India for his role in edgy arthouse movies such as Aakrosh (1980) and Ardh Satya (1982), for which he won the National Indian Film Award for Best Actor .

The actor appeared in hit films including "Gandhi", "City of Joy" and "East is East". He also acted in major Hollywood hits, featuring alongside the likes of Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks and Patrick Swayze.

Born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Punjabi family in 1950, he graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.