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Amrish Puri


Amrish Puri born on 22 June, 1932 was a foremost theater and film actor from India, who was a key performer in the Indian theater group that picked up haze in the 1960's. He worked with prominent playwrights of the time, such as Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad.

On the other hand, he is mainly remembered for essaying iconic negative roles in Hindi cinema in addition to other Indian and international film industries. To Indian audiences he is mainly remembered for his task as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India (1987), and to Western audiences he is best branded as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).

Date Of Birth : June 22, 1932
Place Of Birth: Mumbai, India
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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  • Amrish Lal Puri was born in Nawanshahr (ex- Tehsil of District Jalandhar), Punjab to Sardar Nihal Singh Puri and Sardarni Ved Kaur as the third of five children.

  • His siblings are elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri (both actors) and elder sister Chandrakanta and younger Harish Puri.

  • He soon after moved to Shimla and educated from B.M. College, Himachal Pradesh.

  • Amrish Puri came to Mumbai in the footprints of his elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri (both actors), who was previously a well-known actor known for playing pessimistic roles.

  • He botched his initial screen test, and found a work with the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). At the identical time, he started performing arts at the Prithvi Theatre, in plays written by Satyadev Dubey.

  • He ultimately became renowned as stage artist and won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979.

  • This theatre appreciation soon led to work in television ads and eventually to films at the late era of 40.

Hindi

In 1971 he materialized in his initial film, Prem Pujari although the first film he had marked for was Reshma Aur Sheraaa which was unconfined in 1971. This was tracked by loads of villain or supporting roles in abundant art films such as Shyam Benegal's Nishant, Manthan, and Bhumika and Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda. He also emerged in Govind Nihalani's film, Party in 1984.

Mr. India

Amrish Puri grew to become a villain of Hindi films in the 1980's playing frequently villainous roles, and attracting the majority acclaim for his work in the 1987 hit film Mr. India, directed by Shekhar Kapur. He played a narcissistic international super-villain, Mogambo, who recurrently refers to himself in the third-person, expressing fulfillment at the actions of his underlings with the phrase, Mogambo khush hua (Mogambo is satisfied). From the time when then the Mogambo tag has become one of the best acknowledged lines in Hindi Cinema.

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

He also went on to play many optimistic supporting roles, counting his famous role as Baldev Singh, the conformist father who finally lets his daughter marry her love as a replacement for of being forced into an arranged marriage, in the Bollywood blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995). Other optimistic roles embrace Group Captain Varghese, a Malayali officer in the Indian Air Force based film Vijeta, an ailing idealistic father in Ghatak: Lethal.

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

He was a compassionate American businessman in Pardes (1997) and an amiable grandfather in the films Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai. He is also acknowledged to play a harsh old man in comedy films like Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate, where he played a retired filch and Muskurahat where he played a retired adjudicator.

Kisna

His final films incorporated Kisna: The Warrior Poet and Kachchi Sadak, which were released a short time after his death.

Kannada

He acted in a few Kannada films throughout the early days of his career. He played the protagonist character in a black and white off beat Kannada film Kaadu directed by Girish Karnad.He also acted in a number of other mainstream films.

Malayalam

He starred as the brutal jailor in Kalapani in which he co-acted with Padmashri Lt.Colonel Mohanlal.

Punjabi

He is best branded in Punjabi cinema for his character as the landlord villain Joginder Singh in the legendary film Chan Pardesi (1980). He also starred as the villain Zalam Singh in the sacred Punjabi film Sat Sri Akal (1977). After twenty years, he revisited Punjabi cinema to make a succinct facade as the Sufi Saint in the acclaimed movie Shaheed Uddham Singh (2000)

Telugu

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

Tamil

He emerged in the Tamil film Dalapathi (1991), directed by Mani Ratnam, contradictory to Rajnikanth and Mammootty, Tamil and Malayalam superstars correspondingly. After Dalapathi, Amrish Puri made his second and very last appearance in the Rajinkanth's film "Baba" (2002) in which he played the character of a wicked tantrik who helps politicians and other evil elements to accomplish something in their repugnant schemes.

  • He is acknowledged to international spectators for his roles as Khan in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982) and as the major antagonist Mola Ram in the Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).

  • He bald his head for the character, and it formed such an intuition that he kept his head shaved and became one of the most admired villains in Hindi Cinema.

  • Amrish and Spielberg shared an enormous empathy and Spielberg often said in interviews that, "Amrish is my favorite villain- The best the planet has ever produced and ever will!".

  • He went on to act in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Hollywood, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. Though he was flourishing in all of these industries, he is best notorious for his villain work in Bollywood cinema. He has emerged in over four hundred films. His leading screen presence and baritone voice made him stand out in the midst of the other villains of the day. He is best identified for his character 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.


  • 1968: won: Maharashtra State Drama Competition.

  • 1979: won: Sangeet Natak Akademi Reward for Theatre.

  • 1990: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Reward -Tridev.

  • 1986:won:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Reward, Meri Jung.

  • 1991:won:Maharashtra State Gaurav Puraskar.

  • 1994:won:Sydney Film Festival, Best Actor Reward – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda.

  • 1994:won:Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actor Prize – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda.

  • 1996:Nominated:Filmfare Best Villain Award forKaran Arjun.

  • 1996:Nominated:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Reward-Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

  • 1993:Nominated:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Muskurahat.

  • 1994:Nominated:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Medal-Gardish.

  • 1997:won:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Ghatak.

  • 1997:won:Star Screen Reward for Best Supporting Actor-Ghatak.

  • 1999:Nominated:Filmfare Best Villain Award for Koyla.

  • 1998:won:Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Reward -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.


  • He expired on 12 January 2005, owing to cerebral haemorrhage in Mumbai, Maharashtra, aged 72.