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OM PURI IS NO MORE

Mumbai:ONT Bureau :6/1/17:Sudden death of veteran actor Om Puri due to massive heart attack this morning, cine personalities of the Odia movie industry remembered the legendary artist with a grief-stricken heart.
Director Manmohan Mahapatra said the “Death of Ompuri end an era of a art cinema actor’, After getting the information on Omji’s demise, I am left speechless..”
OmPuri had acted in a lead role in Shodh directed by Biplab Roy Chowdhury,and produced by Odia producer from cuttack Sitakant Mishra,this film won Golden Lotuos in 27th National Film award besides it also adjudged best colour cinematography for Rajan Kinagi, This film was based on the Bengali book Gorom Bhat O Nichhok Bhooter Goppo (Steaming Rice and a Ghost Story) by Sunil GangopadhyayBijay Mohanty, a veteran actor and NSD batch mate of Om Puri, said, “The demise of Omji is an irreparable loss for the Indian movie industry. Nothing can be more tragic for me as I have lost a friend. I will pray Lord Jagannath to rest his soul in peace.”
Expressing similar views, another veteran actor Ajit Das said, “Omji is a idol for us. While studying at the NSD, I was having problems in Hindi accent and used to seek advice from Omji to improve on that area. He used to call me ‘Ajitey’.” “One of his strengths is his unique voice, which will keep him alive in our memory in many years to come,” Das added.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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