Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri | A Brief History of a Legendary Actor | (1932–2005)

Amrish Puri is an Indian actor in Hindi Cinema. He is remembered for his iconic villainous role in Bollywood. Amrish Puri has predominantly worked in Hindi-language films (Bollywood), he had likewise shown up in Punjabi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Marathi language films.

Early Life

Amrish Puri was born on June 22, 1932, in Nawanshahr, Jullundur a city of Punjab, India. (at that time colony of British)

Amrish Puri was passionate about acting and first came to Bombay in the early 1950s following the footsteps of his elder brothers – Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, who have already established actors and were known for playing villainous roles.

He failed his first audition, and instead found employment with the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation Ministry of Labour and Employment (ESIC).
At an equivalent time, he started working at the Prithvi Theatre
He became documented as a stage actor and won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979.

This theatre recognition soon led to figures in television ads and eventually to films at the relatively late age of 40.


Amrish Puri worked in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil films.
He also worked in Hollywood movies.
Though he was successful in many regional films, he’s best known for his acting in Bollywood cinema.
Through the 1970s, Puri often worked in supporting roles, usually because of the henchman of the main villain. He was noticed within the 1980 super-hit movie Hum Paanch through which he played the leading villain
Amrish Puri reigned supreme in villainous roles within the 1980s and 1990s.

His dominating screen presence and deep voice made him stand out amongst the opposite villains of the day.
He is known to international audiences for his roles as Khan in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982) and because the main antagonist is Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and therefore the Temple of Doom (1984).
He shaved his head for the role, and it created such an impression that he kept his head shaved.

His bald look gave him the flexibility to experiment with different looks as a villain in subsequent movies.
Puri and Spielberg shared an excellent rapport and Spielberg often said in interviews:

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

Amrish Puri In his Various Looks
Amrish Puri In his Various Looks

In villainous roles, Puri is best remembered as “

  1. Mogambo in Mr India,
  2. Jagavar in Vidhaata
  3. Thakral in Meri Jung
  4. Bhujang in Tridev
  5. Balwant Rai in Ghayal
  6. Barrister Chadda in Damini 
  7. Thakur Durjan Singh in Karan Arjun.

Amrish Puri has also perf positive supporting roles in many movies. Some of his notable positive roles are Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Phool Aur Kaante, Gardish, Pardes, Virasat, Ghatak, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, China Gate, etc.

AMrish Puri

 Awards and Achievements

YearNominee/WinnerAward NameCategoryMovie Name
2002NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Actor in a Negative Role  Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)  
2000NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role  Baadshah (1999)  
!998WinnerFilmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Virasat (1997)  
1998NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role  Koyla (1997)  
1997WinnerFilmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Ghatak: Lethal (1996)              
1996NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)  
1996NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role  Karan Arjun (1995)  
1994NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role  Damini (1993)  
1994NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Gardish (1993)  
1993          Nominee  Filmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Muskurahat (1992)  
1993          Nominee  Filmfare AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role  Tahalka (1992)  
1992Nominee  Filmfare AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role  Saudagar (1991)  
1992Nominee  Filmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Phool Aur Kaante (1991)  
1990NomineeFilmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Tridev (1989)  
1986WinnerFilmfare AwardBest Supporting Actor  Meri Jung (1985)  
1998WinnerScreen Award Best Supporting Actor  Virasat (1997)  
1997WinnerScreen Award Best Supporting Actor  Ghatak: Lethal (1996)  
1994WinnerSingapore International Film Festival, Silver Screen Award  Best Actor  Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992)  
2004NomineeZee Cine Awards  Popular Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Villainous Role  The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003)  
2002NomineeZee Cine Awards  Popular Award Best Villain  Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)  
1998NomineeZee Cine AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role                Koyla (1997)  
Amrish Puri Family
Amrish Puri Family


Amrish Puri was 4 brothers & sisters, elder brothers

  1. Chaman Puri (Actor)
  2.  Madan Puri (Actor)
  3. Chandrakanta (elder sister)
  4. Harish Puri. (younger brother )

Amrish Puri tied the knot with Urmila Divekar in 1959. He was married to Urmila Divekar at Shri Krishna Temple in Wadala.

He is survived by two children:

  1. Namrata (daughter)
  2. Rajiv Puri (Son)
  • Amrish Puri’s grandson name is Vardhan Puri


Amrish Puri In the role of Mogambo
Amrish Puri In the role of Mogambo

Iconic Dialogue of Amrish Puri

Mogambo Khush Hua”   – Mr India

“Jaa Simran Jaa, Jee le Apni Zindagi”  ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’

“Apni kisi pyari cheez par jab chot ka nishaan lagta hai toh dil mein dard jaag uthta hai”  ‘Phool aur kaante’.

“Koi Bhi Jooth Itna Mahaan Nahi Hota Ki Jiske Saamne Sir Jukaya Jaaye”   ‘Jooth Bole Kauwa Kaate’

“Thappad tumhare munh par pada hai, aur nishaan mere gaal par chappe hai” ‘Vishwatma’

“Upar wala wrong ho sakta hai magar Dong Kabhi Wrong Nahi Hota”   Tahalka

“Tabaadlo se Ilaake badalte hai, irrade nahin”   – ‘Garv: Pride and Honor

“Ye Daulat bhi kya cheez hai, jiske paas jitni bhi aati hai, kam hi lagti hai” ‘Deewana’

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Amrish Puri Net Worth:

$20 Million

Amrish Puri was an Indian actor who had a net worth of $20 million at the time of his death.

Amrish Puri Death Date

Amrish Puri passed away at the age of 72 years in January 2005

Final Words

Amrish Puri will always be remembered in Hindi Cinema (Bollywood) for his Iconic performances in a negative role, bald looks, and special deep baritone voice.

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