Amrish Puri was born on June 22, 1932, at Nawanshahr in Punjab. He was born to Sardar Nihal Singh Puri and Sardarni Ved Kaur. Actors Madan Puri, and Chaman Puri are elder to Amrish Puri. Amrish Puri graduated from BM College in Shimla. He was married to Urmila.
Film Career of Amrish Puri:
In a career spanning more than 30 years Amrish Puri worked in more than 400 films. He has acted in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam and Hollywood films. Amrish Puri was particularly known for essaying negative roles in films. His dominating screen presence and his baritone voice made him a popular and one of the greatest villains of the film industry.
He was a key player of the Indian theater Movement in the 1960s. He worked with famous playwrights like Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad. He started performing at the Prithvi Theatre in the plays written by Satyadev Dubey. He later became famous as a stage actor. He won the Sangeet Natak Academi Award in 1979. His popularity in theater thereafter landed him with roles in television ads and eventually in films at the age of 40 years.
His most popular character in the film industry was the role of “Mogambo” in the 1987 Shekhar Gupta blockbuster film “Mr India”. His frequent lines in the film “Mogambo Khush Hua” was such a super-hit line that it is still remembered by people. Since then it has become one of the most recognized lines in Hindi cinema. His portrayal of the role of “Mola Ram” in the Hollywood film “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” of Steven Spielberg is also one of his popular roles.
Such is the aura of Amrish Puri that other than the role of “Mogambo” he is equally praised for his role as "Baldev Singh", the father of Simran in the film “Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge”. His other positive roles in the films include “Vijeta”, “Ghatak”, “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”, “Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai”, “Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kate” among others. He appeared in his first film “Prem Pujari” in 1971 and later in “Reshma aur Shera”. He later appeared in the film “Kaadu”, “Kalapani”, “Chan Pardesi”, “Sat Sri Akal”, “Shaheed Uddhan Singh”, “Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari”, “Major Chandrakanth”, “Dalapathi”, “Gandhi”, “Damini” etc. His last films include “Kisna the warrior Poet" and “Kachchi Sadak” which were released after his death.
Popular Movies of Amrish Puri:
Amrish Puri acted in many films. Some of his most memorable films are the role of “Mogambo” in “Mr India”, “Mola Ram” in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. In the films “Nishant”, “Manthan”, “Bhumika”, “Suraj Ka Satva Ghoda”, “Ghatak”, “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”, “Pardes”, “Tridev”, “Meri Jung”, “Karan Arjun”, “Koyla”, “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha”, “Qurbani”, “Akrosh”, “Dostana”, “Ardh Satya”, “Andha Kanoon”, “Shehenshah”, “Ram Lakkan”, “Ghayal” and so forth.
Amrish Puri died on January 12, 2005, following cerebral hemorrhage in Mumbai at the age of 72 years.
Awards and Honours of Amrish Puri:
Amrish Puri was the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academi Award in the year 1979. In 1991 he won the Maharashtra State Gaurav Puraskar. In 1994 he won the best actor award at the Sydney Film Festival for the film “Suraj Ka Satva Ghoda”. In the same year he won the best actor award at the Singapore International Film Festival for the same film. In 1997 he won the filmfare for best supporting actor award for the film “Ghatak”.
Words and Wishes:
"Amrish Puri was a superstar in the niche of character actors and was one of best screen villains to hit the celluloid screen after stalwarts like Pran."
“He was like an elder brother to me. When I met him in the hospital a few days ago, he was week but alert and full of humour.”
“I knew him for the last 40 years. Beginning as a theatre actor, I cast him in my second film ‘Nishant’ and he had never looked back since. He was down to earth and always happy to be part of my later films,”
I am deeply saddened to learn that the veteran stage and film actor has passed away. Indian cinema and theatre will without doubt miss his commanding an endearing presence"
"He was very close to me, it is a big loss for us. He had a very good personality, was very gentlemanly. He was very humble. I was not in his age group, but he was younger than us. He was full of life. No one can take his place in the next 500 years. There is only one Amrish Puri in this world."
Spouse: Urmila Diveker
Children: Rajiv Puri, Namrata Puri
(FAN OF Mr. AMRISH LAL PURI)
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