Saturday, June 22, 2019


Google is celebrating the 87th birth anniversary of 

late Bollywood actor Amrish Puri with a doodle. 

Amrish Puri was an Indian actor, who was playing an important role in Indian theatre and cinema. He worked with Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad who are notable playwrights of the time.

He is remembered for villainous roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries.

His role in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India (1987) as Mogambo is the most remembered by Indian audiences and he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) for Western audiences. As Supporting Actor, he won three Filmfare Awards.

The early life of Amrish Puri

Puri was born in Nawanshahr, Punjab, India to Nihal Singh Puri and Ved Kaur. He had two elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri (both of whom were also actors), one elder sister Chandrakanta, and a younger brother, Harish Puri. The actor and singer K. L. Saigal was the first cousin of Puri.

Film Career of Amrish Puri

From 1967 to 2005 Amrish Puri acted in more than 400 films as the most successful villain in Bollywood. Puri first came to Mumbai by following the footsteps of his elders' brothers Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, who have already established as an actor.

In his first screen test Puri failed and took a job in the Employees' State Insurance Corporation Ministry of Labour and Employment (ESIC). He started performing in Satyadev Dubey's play at the Prithvi Theatre. In the long run, he became a well known stage actor and in 1979 he won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

His recognition in theatre brings opportunity in television ads and to films at the relatively late age of 40. Even though he was successful in many language films, like Hollywood, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. He is known for his work in Bollywood cinema. In the 1970s, Puri played many supporting roles. In 1980 he emerged as the main villain by super-hit movie Hum Paanch. After that in many movies, he cast as the main villain.

In the Subhash Ghai super-hit film Vidhaata (1982), Puri played the main Villian role as Jagavar Choudhary. That same year, he played the main villain as JK in the movie Shakti. Next year, in the super hit movie Hero, Director Subhash Ghai again cast him as the Villain as Pasha and Puri featured in subsequent Subhash films regularly.

 His dominating screen presence and baritone voice made him, supreme in villainous roles in the 1980s and 1990s. Almost a decade, there was hardly any Hindi film he did not act as a villain. He stand out amongst the other villains of the day.

His roles as Khan in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982) and Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Make him an internationally popular actor.

He so committed to his role, so that he shaved his head for the one role and that role created such impression on the audience that he kept his head shaved in subsequent movies. It gives him the flexibility to experiment with different looks as a villain. Puri and Spielberg shared a great rapport and In an interview Spielberg said.

"Amrish is my favorite villain. The best the world has ever produced and ever will!"

Puri remembered for his villainous roles as  "Mogambo" in Mr. India, "Barrister Chadda" in Damini, "Thakur Durjan Singh" in Karan Arjun, "Balwant Rai" in Ghayal, "Bhujang" in Tridev, "Thakral" in Meri Jung and "Jagavar" in Vidhaata. His comic role in Chachi 420 was highly appreciated, in that he acted along with Tamil film superstar Kamal Haasan.

After the 1990s, Puri acting in positive supporting roles in many movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Phool Aur Kaante, Gardish, Pardes, Virasat, Ghatak, China Gate, and Mohabbatein. For Meri Jung and Virasat he received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award.


1968: Maharashtra State Drama
1979: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre
1986: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, Meri Jung
1991: Maharashtra State Gaurav Puraskar
1994: Sydney Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
1994: Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Ghatak
1997: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Ghatak
1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award- Virasat
1998: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Virasat
2000: Kalakar Awards for Best Supporting Actor


1990: Filmfare Best Villain Award– Tridev
1992: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Saudagar
1993: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Tahalka
1993: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Muskurahat
1994: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Damini
1994: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Gardish
1996: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Karan Arjun
1996: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
1999: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Koyla
2000: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Baadshah
2002: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role – Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

Death of Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri was suffering from a rare kind of blood cancer and had undergone some brain invasive surgery for his condition on 27 December 2004. His condition required frequent removal of the blood accumulated in the cerebral region of the brain and after some time he slipped into a coma shortly before his death around 7:30 a.m on 12 January 2005.


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