Amrish Puri

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Amrish Puri
Amrish Puri.jpg
Amrish Puri at the premiere of The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
Born Amrish Lal Puri
(1932-06-22)22 June 1932
Lahore, Punjab Province, British India
Died 12 January 2005(2005-01-12) (aged 72)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cause of death
Cerebral Haemorrhage
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–2005
Spouse(s) Urmila Diveker (1957–2005)
(her death)
Children Rajiv, Namrata
Signature Amrish Puri signature

Amrish Lal Singh Puri (Hindi: अमरीश लाल पुरी; 22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005[1]) was a leading theatre and film actor from India, who was a key player in the Indian theatre movement that picked up steam in the 1960s. He worked with notable playwrights of the time, such as Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad. However, he is primarily remembered for essaying 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).

Early life and background[edit]

Amrish Singh Puri was born in Lahore, Punjab. His siblings include elder brothers actors Chaman Singh Puri, Madan Puri, older sister Chandrakanta and younger brother Harish Singh Puri. He later moved to Shimla and graduated from B.M. College, Himachal Pradesh.

Amrish Puri came to Bombay in the footsteps of his elder brothers, who was already established actors known for playing negative roles. He failed his first screen test, and found a job with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC[State Insurance Corporation]). At the same time, he started performing at the Prithvi Theatre, in plays written by Satyadev Dubey. He eventually became well known as stage actor and won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979.[2] This theatre recognition soon led to work in television ads and eventually to films at the late age of 40.

He went on to work in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Hollywood, Punjabi, Malayalam, 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 films. His dominating screen presence and baritone voice made him stand out amongst the other villains of the day. He is best known for his role as Mogambo in the 1987 blockbuster, Mr. India and for his portrayal of Mola Ram, the antagonist in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

International[edit]

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 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, "Amrish is my favorite villain- The best the world has ever produced and ever will!"[3]

It is rumoured that he may have portrayed the antagonist Scar in the Hindi dub of the 1994 blockbuster The Lion King.

Death[edit]

He died on 12 January 2005, due to cerebral haemorrhage resulting from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome in Mumbai, Maharashtra, aged 72.[4]

Awards[edit]

Wins
Nominations

Filmography[edit]

Amrish Puri acted in more than 400 films between 1967 – 2005.

Year Film Role
1970 Prem Pujari Henchman in church
1971 Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe
Reshma Aur Shera Rehmat Khan
Hulchul Public Prosecutor
1973 Kaadu (Kannada) Chandra Gowda
Hindustan Ki Kasam
1975 Salaakhen Master
Nishant Eldest Zamindar
1976 Manthan Mishraji
1977 Paapi voice(uncredited)...Michael
Alibaba Marjinaa Jabbar
Immaan Dharam Dharam Dhayal
Bhumika Vinayak Kale
1978 Kondura Konduraswamy
1979 Sawan Ko Aane Do Chandrika's dad
Lakhan
Jaani Dushman Man in Ghost train reading horror story
Hamare Tumhare General Manager
Naiyya
1980 Patthar Se Takkar
Maan Abhiman Madhuraprasad Chowdhary
Kalyug Kishan Chand
Chan Pardesi Joginder Singh
Aakrosh Dushane, Public Prosecutor
Qurbani Rakka
Gehrayee Tantric magician
Dostana Balwant Singh
Hum Paanch Veer Pratap Singh
1981 Krodhi Madhavan
Naseeb Don
1982 Vijeta Chief Instructor Varghese
Vidhaata Jagavar Chowdhary
Be-Shaque Gopal
Johny I Love You
Ashanti Ranvir
Aadat Se Majboor Agnihotri (aka Johinder Singh)
Apna Bana Lo Mr.Joshi
Gandhi Khan
Shakti
Main Inteqaam Loonga Goverdhan Das (GD)
1983 Mandi Darvish
Hero Pasha
Haadsa
Ardh Satya Anant's Father
Andha Kanoon Mr.Ram Gupta
Coolie John D'Costa
Nishaan
1984 Zakhmi Sher Swami Kashinath Singh
Ganda Berunda (Kannada Film) Omar Sheriff
Yeh Desh Dhulia
Party Doctor
Jagir Lakhan
Duniya Balwant Singh Kalra
Awaaz Moolchand
Mashaal S.K.Vardhan
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Mola Ram
Gangva Special Appearance
Jhootha Sach Kolga
Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki Udaybhan
1985 Zabardast
Teri Meherbaniyan Thakur Vijay Singh
Phaansi Ke Baad Damodar Seth
Patthar Dil Rana Surajbhan Singh
Paisa Yeh Paisa Jugal
Ek Aur Sikander Sher Khan
Mohabbat Choudhary
Karmayudh Sohanlal Puri
Aaj Ke Sholay Balbir Gupta
Aghaat Chakradev
Meri Jung G.D. Thakral
1986 Ricky
Pyar Ho Gaya
Naseeb Apna Apna
Nagina Baba Bhaironath
Mera Dharam
Kaanch Ki Deewar
Aap Ke Saath Persha
Sultanat Razoulli Al-Jabber Al-Nasser
Janbaaz Rana Vikram Singh
Samundar Raiszada Narsingh
Asli Naqli Durjan Singh
1987 Tamas (mini TV series)
Sher Shivaji
Jawab Hum Denge Dhanraj
Inaam Dus Hazaar Captain S.P.Singh
Dance Dance A.M.Singh
Dadagiri Bhanupratap
Loha Sher 'Shera' Singh
Pyar Karke Dekho
Madadgar
Mr. India Mogambo
Hawalaat Seth Dharam Das
Sadak Chhap Dharamdas, MP
Pharam Dharam Shamshera
1988 Yateem Dacoit Porkhiya
Saazish Diwan
Mohabbat Ke Dushman Shahbaaz Khan
Mar Mitenge Ajit Singh
Hamara Khandaan Chandraprakash Singh (Vishal's dad)
Ganga Jamuna Saraswathi Thakur Hansaj Singh
Aakhari Poratam Anantananda Swamy
Hun Farishte Nahin Pashrutam Das/Din Dayal
Shahenshah J.K.Verma
Waris Dulla
Commando Marcelloni
Rukhsat
Dayavan Inspector Ratan Singh
1989 Tujhe Nahin Chhodunga
Suryaa: An Awakening Gangadhar Chowdhary
Ram Lakhan Bhisambar Nath
Tahalka General Dong
Hisaab Khoon Ka Ranvir Pushp
Nigahen : Nagina Part II Bhairon Nath – voice (uncredited)
Nafrat Ki Aandhi Chandidas Khurana
Mujrim Khan
Do Qaidi K.K
Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe
Farz Ki Jung Jai Kishan (JK)
Ilaaka Nagar
Daata Gopal Das
Tridev Bhujang/Bhairav Singh
Naa-Insaafi
Batwara Hanumant Singh
Jaadugar Mahaprabhu Janak Sagar Jagat Narayan Chintamani
Aag Se Khelenge Zakha
1990 Tejaa Jarahwar
Muqaddar Ka Badshaah Vikral Singh
Kishen Kanhaiya Lala Gendamal
Jeene Do Thakur Sher Bahadur Singh
Hatim Tai
Ghayal Balwant Rai
Kondaveeti Donga Gadra
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Mahadrashta
Naaka Bandi Mangal Singh/Santhal
Aaj Ka Arjun Thakur Bhupendra Singh
Doodh Ka Karz Raghuvir Singh-Hindi
Upkar Dudhache Raghuvir Singh-Marathi Film
1991 Shikari : The Hunter Nahar Singh
Trinetra Singhania
Numbri Aadmi Rana
Mast Kalandar
Kohraam
Aadmi Aur Apsara Mahadrashta
Jigarwala Dhurjan Singh
Iraada
Benaam Badsha Jaikal
Ajooba Vazir-e-Ala (aka Vazir)
Saudagar Chuniya
Aditya 369 Antique Collector
Dharam Sankat Jagira
Phool Aur Kaante Nageshwar "Don"
1992 Thalapathi Kalivardhan
Vansh
Time Machine (Incomplete film)
Ashwamedham
Vishwatma Azghar Jurhad
Zindagi Ek Jua Bhalla
Deewana Dhirend (Ravi's uncle)
Muskurahat Gopichand Verma (Former Justice)
1993 Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Mehesar Dalal
Sangram Raja's father
Kundan
Major Chandrakanth Gnaneswara Rao
Divya Shakti Tau (Mafia Don)
Damini Barrister Indrajit Chaddha (Scheming Lawyer)
Gardish Purushottam Sathe
1994 Tejaswini Lala Khurana
Pramaatma
Maha Shaktishali
Elaan Ramakant Chaudhry
Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hukam Singh
Droh Kaal I.G.P Pathak
1995 Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India! Don Quixote
Kartavya Thakur Ugranarayan Singh
Karan Arjun Thakur Durjan Singh
Jai Vikraanta Thakur Jaswant Singh
Hulchul Shobraj
Maidan-E-Jung Thakur Ranvir Singh 'Daata Guru'
Prem Vanraja
Gundaraj Police Inspector
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Chaudhry Baldev Singh
Haqeeqat ACP. Shivcharan
Paappi Devataa Ratan Seth
1996 Sardari Begum Hemraj
Kala Pani/Sirai Chalai/Kaalapani/Sazaa-E-Kaalapaani Mirza Khan
Jaan Surya Dev Singh
Diljale Dara
Vijeta Wing Commander Varghese
Tu Chor Main Sipahi Thakur Gajendra Singh
Jeet Gajraj Choudhary (Underworld Don)
Beqabu ACP Amritlal Bakshi
Ghatak Shambu Nath
1997 Virasat Raja Thakur (Best Supporting Actor- Filmfare award)
Pardes Kishorilal
Nimayak
Itihaas
Himalay Putra Malhotra, Seema's father (special appearance)
Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law Pilot Baba
Koyla Raja Saab
Mahaanta Seth. Kedar Nath
Tarazu Appa Rao
1998 Sham Ghansham Collector Bhim Singh
Salaakhen Jaspal Rana
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Jojo Pinto
Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Voice on the phone with Tiger
China Gate Col. Kewal Krishan Puri
Chachi 420 Durgaprasad Bhardwaj
Barood Mr.Singhal
Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate Abhayankar (Police officer)
1999 Kaala Samrajya Kaalkeshwar Singh
Lal Baadshah Thakur Dhayal Singh
Aarzoo Dayashankar
Zulmi Balraj Dutt
Jai Hind
Taal Jagmohan Mehta
Baadshah Suraj Singh Thaper
Gair C.K Oberoi
Thakshak Nahar Singh (Ishaan's father)
2000 Shaheed Uddham Singh The Sufi Saint
Badal ACP Ranjeet Singh
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke Yagvender Gareval
2001 Mohabbatein General Khanna (special appearance)
On Wings of Fire Nihavand ruler
Zubeidaa Suleiman Seth
Censor Pandit Shiv Prasad (Censor board member)
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Kailashnath Malhotra
Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai Balram Singh (Tau of Karan)
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Mayor Ashraf Ali (Sakina's father)
Yaadein Jagdish Kumar Malhotra (Ronit's uncle)
Nayak: The Real Hero Chief Minister Balraj Chauhan
2002 Badhaai Ho Badhaai Mr. Chaddha
Shararat Prajapati
Baba Tantrik
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Sadhu (sage)
Rishtey Yashpal Chaudhary
2003 Surya Thakur
Khushi Vir Bhadra Singh
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy I.S.I Chief Ishak Khan
Jaal: The Trap Major Amrish Kaul
Out of Control Jatta Singh Bedi (Jaswinder's father)
Dil Pardesi Ho Gayaa Brigadier Sarfaroz Khan
2004 Woh Tera Naam Tha Ustad Samad Khan
Police Force: An Inside Story Mr. Pandey
Dev Chief Minister Bhandarker
Lakshya Brigadier Gautam Puri (Sp. App.)
Garv: Pride and Honour commissioner of police Samar Singh
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Colonel Dugraj Singh
Taarzan: The Wonder Car Kartar Singh/Baa Ji
Aitraaz Mr.Ranjit Roy
Hulchul Angar Chand
2005 Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo Narrator
Kisna: The Warrior Poet Bhairo Singh
2006 Kachchi Sadak Hasan Kairanvi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amrish Puri is Dead". January 12, 2005. 
  2. ^ Amrish Puri at gatewayofindia
  3. ^ "'Mogambo' Amrish Puri's Birth Anniversary". Yahoo Movies. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Film Villain Amrish Puri Dies". The Washington Post. 13 January 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The Act of Life – An Autobiography by Amrish Puri with Jyoti Sabharwal.

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