Veteran actor Om Puri's demise has left a huge void in the field of Indian film industry, which will be difficult to fill, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday.
"I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Om Puri. A veteran and iconic actor, Om Puri deal fans all over the world with his masterful screen presence andperformance. For his contribution to Indian Cinema, he was honoured with numerous awards including the prestigious 'PadmaShri' in the year 1990.
"In the passing away of Om Puri, the Indian film industry has lost a highly talented and acclaimed actor who played memorable roles in numerous movies. He shall always be remembered for his powerful and versatile acting, which brought life to the celluloid characters he played in films," Mukherjee said in a message to his son, Ishaan Puri.
The President said Puri's demise has left a huge void inthe field of Indian film industry, which will be difficult tofill. "Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey themto all members of your family.
I pray to the Almighty to giveyour family and you the strength and courage to bear thisirreparable loss," he said. 66-year-old Puri died at his residence in Mumbai thismorning after a massive heart attack.