Amrish Puri

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Amrish Puri
Amrish Puri.jpg
Amrish Puri at the premiere of The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
BornAmrish Lal Puri
(1932-06-22)22 June 1932
Lahore, Punjab Province, British India
Died12 January 2005(2005-01-12) (aged 72)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cause of death
Cerebral Haemorrhage
OccupationActor
Years active1970–2005
Spouse(s)Urmila Diveker (1957–2005)
(her death)
ChildrenRajiv, Namrata
SignatureAmrish Puri signature
 
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Amrish Puri
Amrish Puri.jpg
Amrish Puri at the premiere of The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
BornAmrish Lal Puri
(1932-06-22)22 June 1932
Lahore, Punjab Province, British India
Died12 January 2005(2005-01-12) (aged 72)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cause of death
Cerebral Haemorrhage
OccupationActor
Years active1970–2005
Spouse(s)Urmila Diveker (1957–2005)
(her death)
ChildrenRajiv, Namrata
SignatureAmrish 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). 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.

YearFilmRole
1970Prem PujariHenchman in church
1971Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe
Reshma Aur SheraRehmat Khan
HulchulPublic Prosecutor
1973Kaadu (Kannada)Chandra Gowda
Hindustan Ki Kasam
1975SalaakhenMaster
NishantEldest Zamindar
1976ManthanMishraji
1977Paapivoice(uncredited)...Michael
Alibaba MarjinaaJabbar
Immaan DharamDharam Dhayal
BhumikaVinayak Kale
1978KonduraKonduraswamy
1979Sawan Ko Aane DoChandrika's dad
Lakhan
Jaani DushmanMan in Ghost train reading horror story
Hamare TumhareGeneral Manager
Naiyya
1980Patthar Se Takkar
Maan AbhimanMadhuraprasad Chowdhary
KalyugKishan Chand
Chan PardesiJoginder Singh
AakroshDushane, Public Prosecutor
QurbaniRakka
GehrayeeTantric magician
DostanaBalwant Singh
Hum PaanchVeer Pratap Singh
1981KrodhiMadhavan
NaseebDon
1982VijetaChief Instructor Varghese
VidhaataJagavar Chowdhary
Be-ShaqueGopal
Johny I Love You
AshantiRanvir
Aadat Se MajboorAgnihotri (aka Johinder Singh)
Apna Bana LoMr.Joshi
GandhiKhan
Shakti
Main Inteqaam LoongaGoverdhan Das (GD)
1983MandiDarvish
HeroPasha
Haadsa
Ardh SatyaAnant's Father
Andha KanoonMr.Ram Gupta
CoolieJohn D'Costa
Nishaan
1984Zakhmi SherSwami Kashinath Singh
Ganda Berunda (Kannada Film)Omar Sheriff
Yeh DeshDhulia
PartyDoctor
JagirLakhan
DuniyaBalwant Singh Kalra
AwaazMoolchand
MashaalS.K.Vardhan
Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomMola Ram
GangvaSpecial Appearance
Jhootha SachKolga
Kasam Paida Karne Wale KiUdaybhan
1985Zabardast
Teri MeherbaniyanThakur Vijay Singh
Phaansi Ke BaadDamodar Seth
Patthar DilRana Surajbhan Singh
Paisa Yeh PaisaJugal
Ek Aur SikanderSher Khan
MohabbatChoudhary
KarmayudhSohanlal Puri
Aaj Ke SholayBalbir Gupta
AghaatChakradev
Meri JungG.D. Thakral
1986Ricky
Pyar Ho Gaya
Naseeb Apna Apna
NaginaBaba Bhaironath
Mera Dharam
Kaanch Ki Deewar
Aap Ke SaathPersha
SultanatRazoulli Al-Jabber Al-Nasser
JanbaazRana Vikram Singh
SamundarRaiszada Narsingh
Asli NaqliDurjan Singh
1987Tamas (mini TV series)
Sher Shivaji
Jawab Hum DengeDhanraj
Inaam Dus HazaarCaptain S.P.Singh
Dance DanceA.M.Singh
DadagiriBhanupratap
LohaSher 'Shera' Singh
Pyar Karke Dekho
Madadgar
Mr. IndiaMogambo
HawalaatSeth Dharam Das
Sadak ChhapDharamdas, MP
Pharam DharamShamshera
1988YateemDacoit Porkhiya
SaazishDiwan
Mohabbat Ke DushmanShahbaaz Khan
Mar MitengeAjit Singh
Hamara KhandaanChandraprakash Singh (Vishal's dad)
Ganga Jamuna SaraswathiThakur Hansaj Singh
Aakhari PoratamAnantananda Swamy
Hun Farishte NahinPashrutam Das/Din Dayal
ShahenshahJ.K.Verma
WarisDulla
CommandoMarcelloni
Rukhsat
DayavanInspector Ratan Singh
1989Tujhe Nahin Chhodunga
Suryaa: An AwakeningGangadhar Chowdhary
Ram LakhanBhisambar Nath
TahalkaGeneral Dong
Hisaab Khoon KaRanvir Pushp
Nigahen : Nagina Part IIBhairon Nath – voice (uncredited)
Nafrat Ki AandhiChandidas Khurana
MujrimKhan
Do QaidiK.K
Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe
Farz Ki JungJai Kishan (JK)
IlaakaNagar
DaataGopal Das
TridevBhujang/Bhairav Singh
Naa-Insaafi
BatwaraHanumant Singh
JaadugarMahaprabhu Janak Sagar Jagat Narayan Chintamani
Aag Se KhelengeZakha
1990TejaaJarahwar
Muqaddar Ka BadshaahVikral Singh
Kishen KanhaiyaLala Gendamal
Jeene DoThakur Sher Bahadur Singh
Hatim Tai
GhayalBalwant Rai
Kondaveeti DongaGadra
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka SundariMahadrashta
Naaka BandiMangal Singh/Santhal
Aaj Ka ArjunThakur Bhupendra Singh
Doodh Ka KarzRaghuvir Singh-Hindi
Upkar DudhacheRaghuvir Singh-Marathi Film
1991Shikari : The HunterNahar Singh
TrinetraSinghania
Numbri AadmiRana
Mast Kalandar
Kohraam
Aadmi Aur ApsaraMahadrashta
JigarwalaDhurjan Singh
Iraada
Benaam BadshaJaikal
AjoobaVazir-e-Ala (aka Vazir)
SaudagarChuniya
Aditya 369Antique Collector
Dharam SankatJagira
Phool Aur KaanteNageshwar "Don"
1992ThalapathiKalivardhan
Vansh
Time Machine (Incomplete film)
Ashwamedham
VishwatmaAzghar Jurhad
Zindagi Ek JuaBhalla
DeewanaDhirend (Ravi's uncle)
MuskurahatGopichand Verma (Former Justice)
1993Suraj Ka Satvan GhodaMehesar Dalal
SangramRaja's father
Kundan
Major ChandrakanthGnaneswara Rao
Divya ShaktiTau (Mafia Don)
DaminiBarrister Indrajit Chaddha (Scheming Lawyer)
GardishPurushottam Sathe
1994TejaswiniLala Khurana
Pramaatma
Maha Shaktishali
ElaanRamakant Chaudhry
Pehla Pehla PyaarHukam Singh
Droh KaalI.G.P Pathak
1995Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!Don Quixote
KartavyaThakur Ugranarayan Singh
Karan ArjunThakur Durjan Singh
Jai VikraantaThakur Jaswant Singh
HulchulShobraj
Maidan-E-JungThakur Ranvir Singh 'Daata Guru'
PremVanraja
GundarajPolice Inspector
Dilwale Dulhania Le JayengeChaudhry Baldev Singh
HaqeeqatACP. Shivcharan
Paappi DevataaRatan Seth
1996Sardari BegumHemraj
Kala Pani/Sirai Chalai/Kaalapani/Sazaa-E-KaalapaaniMirza Khan
JaanSurya Dev Singh
DiljaleDara
VijetaWing Commander Varghese
Tu Chor Main SipahiThakur Gajendra Singh
JeetGajraj Choudhary (Underworld Don)
BeqabuACP Amritlal Bakshi
GhatakShambu Nath
1997VirasatRaja Thakur (Best Supporting Actor- Filmfare award)
PardesKishorilal
Nimayak
Itihaas
Himalay PutraMalhotra, Seema's father (special appearance)
Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against LawPilot Baba
KoylaRaja Saab
MahaantaSeth. Kedar Nath
TarazuAppa Rao
1998Sham GhanshamCollector Bhim Singh
SalaakhenJaspal Rana
Doli Saja Ke RakhnaJojo Pinto
Dhoondte Reh JaaogeVoice on the phone with Tiger
China GateCol. Kewal Krishan Puri
Chachi 420Durgaprasad Bhardwaj
BaroodMr.Singhal
Jhooth Bole Kauwa KaateAbhayankar (Police officer)
1999Kaala SamrajyaKaalkeshwar Singh
Lal BaadshahThakur Dhayal Singh
AarzooDayashankar
ZulmiBalraj Dutt
Jai Hind
TaalJagmohan Mehta
BaadshahSuraj Singh Thaper
GairC.K Oberoi
ThakshakNahar Singh (Ishaan's father)
2000Shaheed Uddham SinghThe Sufi Saint
BadalACP Ranjeet Singh
Dhaai Akshar Prem KeYagvender Gareval
2001MohabbateinGeneral Khanna (special appearance)
On Wings of FireNihavand ruler
ZubeidaaSuleiman Seth
CensorPandit Shiv Prasad (Censor board member)
Chori Chori Chupke ChupkeKailashnath Malhotra
Mujhe Kucch Kehna HaiBalram Singh (Tau of Karan)
Gadar: Ek Prem KathaMayor Ashraf Ali (Sakina's father)
YaadeinJagdish Kumar Malhotra (Ronit's uncle)
Nayak: The Real HeroChief Minister Balraj Chauhan
2002Badhaai Ho BadhaaiMr. Chaddha
ShararatPrajapati
BabaTantrik
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi KahaniSadhu (sage)
RishteyYashpal Chaudhary
2003SuryaThakur
KhushiVir Bhadra Singh
The Hero: Love Story of a SpyI.S.I Chief Ishak Khan
Jaal: The TrapMajor Amrish Kaul
Out of ControlJatta Singh Bedi (Jaswinder's father)
Dil Pardesi Ho GayaaBrigadier Sarfaroz Khan
2004Woh Tera Naam ThaUstad Samad Khan
Police Force: An Inside StoryMr. Pandey
DevChief Minister Bhandarker
LakshyaBrigadier Gautam Puri (Sp. App.)
Garv: Pride and Honourcommissioner of police Samar Singh
Mujhse Shaadi KarogiColonel Dugraj Singh
Taarzan: The Wonder CarKartar Singh/Baa Ji
AitraazMr.Ranjit Roy
HulchulAngar Chand
2005Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan SaathiyoNarrator
Kisna: The Warrior PoetBhairo Singh
2006Kachchi SadakHasan 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. 

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