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    Remember this Guy? When we were kids, he was our nightmare. When we grew up, we came to know what a legend he was. When he left us, the only celebrity which made me cry on his death.
    The true legend - Mr. Amrish Puri

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    Amrishlal Puri (22 June 1932 ? 12 January 2005[2]) was an Indian actor, who was an important figure in Indian theatre and cinema. He worked with notable playwrights of the time, such as Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad. He is remembered for playing iconic negative roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries. To Indian audiences he is the most remembered for his role as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India (1987), and to Western audiences he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Puri has won three Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

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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


    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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    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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    There have been two cult villainous performances in Hindi Cinema where more than the good guys, it was the villain firmly etched on the cinegoers? minds. One of course was the dreaded dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) in Sholay (1975). The other was Amrish Puri?s brilliant comic villain Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur?s Mr India (1987). Think of Mr India and you immediately think of the evil Mogambo, his weird blonde wig, his dreams of taking over the world and? his catchphrase Mogambo Khush Hua. Amrish Puri was truly among the greatest villains in the history of Hindi Cinema, second perhaps only to Pran.




    Google Doodle Saturday celebrated the 87th birth anniversary of legendary and versatile actor Amrish Puri ? the most memorable villain in the history of Indian cinema.

    ?If at first you don?t succeed, try, try again?and you might end up like Indian film actor Amrish Puri, who overcame an early setback on the way to fulfilling his big screen dreams. Today?s Doodle by Pune-based guest artist Debangshu Moulik celebrates the life and legacy of the renowned actor, born in Punjab on this day in 1932,? said Google in a post.

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    Do you know Amrish Puri was in his late 30s, when he made his film debut?

    In Indian Jones, Amrish Puri shaved his head for the first time, and it went on to become a trademark in subsequent Bollywood films, where he played the dreaded villain.
    In picture: Amrish Puri in his iconic look of Mogambo from Mr. India (1987).


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    Amrish Puri entered the film industry hoping to become a hero. He failed his first screen test, following which he landed a job with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

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    Even while doing his mundane job, his passion for acting was intact. Amrish Puri acted in plays at Prithvi Theatre written by the legendary Satyadev Dubey.

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    He earned a lot of recognition as a stage actor and even won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979.
    In picture: Amrish Puri with another iconic villain Gulshan Grover.


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    By the time he made his film debut, Amrish Puri was in his late 30s. He had a bit role in Dev Anand's Prem Pujari (1970) which also starred his brother Madan Puri.


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    Amrish Puri's first full-fledged celluloid role was in the Marathi movie Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe, in which he played a blind man singing in a railway compartment.

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    Amrish Puri later starred in Sunil Dutt produced and directed Reshma Aur Shera (1972) which also starred Waheeda Rahman, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, among others.





    Overall, Amrish Puri appeared in nearly 400 films which also includes Hollywood films.


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    Amrish Puri portrayed the character of Mola Ram, a Thuggee priest in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

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    In one of his interviews, Spielberg commented, "Amrish is my favourite villain -- The best the world has ever produced and ever will."


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    At first, Amrish Puri was reluctant to act in Indiana Jones', but Sir Richard Attenborough convinced him to take up the character.

    Amrish Puri had a passion for hats and had a collection of nearly 200 gathered from across the globe.


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