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    With a deep dominating voice and a stately demeanor, Amrish Puri ruled the Bollywood industry as an exemplary actor. Born with the name, Amrish Lal Puri on June 22nd, 1932, in Nawanshehar (Jallandhar). He graduated from BM College in Simla, Himachal Pradesh. Amrish came to Bombay with not even hundred rupees in his pocket and made it so big with his sheer hard work, perseverance, and disciplined lifestyle.

    Believe it or not, Amrish Puri wanted to be a Bollywood movie hero but failed a screen test in 1954. Starting his career in the Bollywood industry at the ripe age of almost 40, Amrish Puri proved to be one of the most talented villains in the history of Bollywood with his image as an actor rising to iconic status. He debuted in Reshma aur Shera in which he blend into the background with another long wait until He was cast by Shyam Benegal in some of his films, namely 'Nishaant', 'Manthan and 'Bhumika. Meanwhile Amrish Puri following his brother Madan Puri’s footsteps made a name for himself in theatre. He had also lent his voice to several advertisement jingles.

    Amrish’s first commercial success came with his role of duryodhana in Hum Panch, a modern day version of Ramayana. With films like ‘Vidhaata’ and ‘Hero’ becoming hits, Amrish Puri became a star villain. This is when Hollywood came calling with Steven Spielberg casting him as the main villain, Mola Ram in his film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984. This has been his best-known role outside of India. In this film he acts as a cult leader of Thugees who perform supernatural spiritual rites by sacrificing kids on the Alter to Kali. He gained appreciation for his role in Nagina but his career defining role was yet to come as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapoors’ Mr. India. In this role Amrish played a terrorist named Mogambo who encourages his underlings with the phrase “Mogambo khush hua”. This phrase became immensely popular after the release of the film and the film is still remembered with it.

    After his role as Mogambo, Amrish became a staple Bollywood actor. He went on to play many supporting roles, including his famous role as Baldev Singh in the Indian blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya le jayenge! While he is best known for his work as a villain, he has also played the "good guy" at times. He was a kind-hearted American businessman in Pardes (1997) and a genial grandfather in the film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2000).

    Amrish Puri has received the filmfare award in a supporting role thrice in the years 1986, 1997 and 1998 for the films Meri Jung, Ghatak and Virasat respectively.

    He also won the Star Screen Videocon Awards for the Best Supporting Actor for Ghatak and Virasat.

    Amrish Puri worked in Bollywood, Hollywood, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil films. Though he was successful in all of these industries, he is best known for his work in Bollywood cinema.

    His last film was Kisna: The Warrior Poet. The film was released a few days after his death due to brain haemorage.



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    He has acted as a main or supporting role in over 400 movies. He played character roles and was well-known as a villain. He had a striking bass voice and an outsize acting style that made him a convincing villain in even the most melodramatic of movies.

    Amrish Puri was born in Naushar (Jalandhar) in the Punjab region of India. His parents were (father) Lala Nihal Chand and (mother) Ved Kaur. He had four siblings, elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri (both of whom also became actors), elder sister Chandrakanta, and a younger brother, Harish Puri. He graduated from BM College in Simla, Himachal Pradesh. Amrish came to Mumbai with not even hundred rupees in his pocket and made it so big with his sheer hard work, perseverance, and disciplined lifestyle.

    He married Urmila Divekar on the 5th of January, 1959, at the Shri Krishna Temple in Wadala. The couple had two children, son Rajeev Puri and daughter, Namrata Puri. His son Rajeev is a business man .He has two grand children Sachi and Harsh Vardhan. Sachi is a 19 year old aspiring doctor whereas Harsh is a student in Jamnabai Narsee School(Juhu,Mumbai)and a very enthusiastic young man. Amrish was very close to him. His daughter in law, Meena, is a professional physiotherapist. She practices at her Juhu clinic. Amrish was a very religious person by heart and a Shiv devotee.

    Amrish Puri worked in Bollywood, Hollywood, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil films. Though he was successful in all of these industries, he is best known for his work in Bollywood cinema. He has appeared in over four hundred movies. His dominating screen presence & booming voice made him stand out amongst a sea of actors.

    When Amrish reached Mumbai his brother Madan Puri was already an established actor, known for playing villain roles. Amrish failed his first screen test and had to find a job with the Ministry of Labour. He started performing at the Pritvi Theatre, in plays written by Satyadev Dubey. He eventually became well-known as stage actor.

    Theatre work led to work in television ads and eventually to film. In 1971 he appeared in his first film, Reshma aur Shera; he played a villain. This was followed by many villain roles in films such as Nishant, Manthan, and Bhumika. He attracted a great deal of attention for his work in Mr. India, a Bollywood movie directed by Shekhar Kapur. He played the evil Mogambo, who encouraged his underlings with the phrase, Mogambo khush hua (Mogambo is pleased). The phrase became a popular catchword.

    He became a staple of Bollywood films. He went on to play many supporting roles, including his famous role as Baldev Singh in the Indian blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).

    While he is best known for his work as a villain, he has also played the "good guy" at times. He was a kind-hearted American businessman in Pardes (1997) and a genial grandfather in the film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2000).



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    National Cinema

    Hindi
    In 1971 he appeared in his first film, Prem Pujari although the first film he had signed for was Reshma Aur Sheraaa which was released in 1971. This was followed by many villain or supporting roles in numerous art films such as Shyam Benegal's Nishant, Manthan, and Bhumika and Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda. He also appeared in Govind Nihalani's film, Party in 1984.

    Amrish Puri grew to became a staple of Hindi films in the 1980s playing mostly villainous roles, and attracting the most acclaim for his work in the 1987 hit film Mr. India, directed by Shekhar Kapur. He played an egotistical international super-villain, Mogambo, who frequently refers to himself in the third-person, expressing satisfaction at the actions of his underlings with the phrase, Mogambo khush hua (Mogambo is pleased). Since then the Mogambo catchphrase has become one of the best recognized lines in Hindi Cinema.




    He also went on to play many positive supporting roles, including his famous role as Baldev Singh, the conservative father who eventually lets his daughter marry her love instead of being forced into an arranged marriage, in the Bollywood blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995). Other positive roles include Group Captain Varghese, a Malayali officer in the Indian Air Force based film Vijeta, an ailing idealistic father in Ghatak: Lethal. He was a kind-hearted American businessman in Pardes (1997) and a genial grandfather in the films Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai. He is also known to play a strict old man in comedy films like Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate, where he played a retired cop and Muskurahat where he played a retired judge.

    His last films included Kisna: The Warrior Poet and Kachchi Sadak, which were released some time after his death.


    Kannada

    He acted in some Kannada films during the early days of his career. He played the protagonist role in a black & white off beat Kannada film Kaadu directed by Girish Karnad.He also acted in some other mainstream films.


    Malayalam
    He starred as the sadistic jailor in Kalapani in which co-acted Padmashri Lt.Colonel Mohanlal.


    Punjabi
    He is best known in Punjabi cinema for his role as the landlord villain Joginder Singh in the legendary film Chan Pardesi (1980). He also starred as the villain Zalam Singh in the religious Punjabi film Sat Sri Akal (1977). After twenty years, he returned to Punjabi cinema to make a brief appearance as the Sufi Saint in the acclaimed film Shaheed Uddham Singh (2000).


    Telugu
    He also appeared in Telugu films such as Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, Major Chandrakanth, Aditya 369, Kondaveeti Donga, Aswamedham, Aakhari Poratam etc.

    Tamil
    He appeared in the Tamil film Dalapathi (1991), directed by Mani Ratnam, opposite Rajnikanth and Mammootty, Tamil and Malayalam superstars respectively. After Dalapathi, Amrish Puri made his second and last appearance in the Rajinkanth's film "Baba" (2002) in which he played the role of an evil tantrik who helps politicians and other evil elements to succeed in their hideous schemes.



    International

    He is known to international audiences for his roles as Khan in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982) and as the main antagonist Mola Ram in the Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He shaved his head for the role, and it created such an impression that he kept his head shaved and became one of the most popular villains in Hindi Cinema. Amrish and Spielberg shared a great rapport and Spielberg often said in interviews that, "Amrish is my favorite villain- The best the world has ever produced and ever will!"






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    Awards



    • 1968: won: Maharashtra State Drama Competition
    • 1979: won: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre
    • 1990: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Tridev
    • 1986:won:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Meri Jung
    • 1991:won:Maharashtra State Gaurav Puraskar


    • 1994:won:Sydney Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
    • 1994:won:Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
    • 1996:Nominated:Filmfare Best Villain Award forKaran Arjun
    • 1996:Nominated:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
    • 1993:Nominated:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Muskurahat
    • 1994:Nominated:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Gardish
    • 1997:won:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Ghatak
    • 1997:won:Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor-Ghatak
    • 1999:Nominated:Filmfare Best Villain Award forKoyla
    • 1998:won:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Virasat
    • 1998:won:Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor-Virasat
    • 2000:Nominated:Filmfare Best Villain Award forBaadshah
    • 2002:Nominated:Filmfare Best Villain Award for Gadar: Ek Prem Katha



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    nice share...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by avdhut123 View Post
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    'Jagawar Chaudhary' I was just mesmerised by his character in Vidhata....
    then was just amazed by his acting...
    thank god i have had a privilege of meeting him in person ............
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesiCasanova View Post
    'Jagawar Chaudhary' I was just mesmerised by his character in Vidhata....
    then was just amazed by his acting...
    thank god i have had a privilege of meeting him in person ............
    really??????

    wowwww!!!

    how was he like?
    pls pls tell meeeeeeeeeeee



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    Quote Originally Posted by avdhut123 View Post
    nice share...............
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    thank you



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