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.
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!”[
In villainous roles, Puri is best remembered as “
- Mogambo in Mr India,
- Jagavar in Vidhaata
- Thakral in Meri Jung
- Bhujang in Tridev
- Balwant Rai in Ghayal
- Barrister Chadda in Damini
- 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.
Awards and Achievements
|Year||Nominee/Winner||Award Name||Category||Movie Name|
|2002||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Actor in a Negative Role||Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)|
|2000||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role||Baadshah (1999)|
|!998||Winner||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Virasat (1997)|
|1998||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role||Koyla (1997)|
|1997||Winner||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Ghatak: Lethal (1996)|
|1996||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)|
|1996||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role||Karan Arjun (1995)|
|1994||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role||Damini (1993)|
|1994||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Gardish (1993)|
|1993||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Muskurahat (1992)|
|1993||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role||Tahalka (1992)|
|1992||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role||Saudagar (1991)|
|1992||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Phool Aur Kaante (1991)|
|1990||Nominee||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Tridev (1989)|
|1986||Winner||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actor||Meri Jung (1985)|
|1998||Winner||Screen Award||Best Supporting Actor||Virasat (1997)|
|1997||Winner||Screen Award||Best Supporting Actor||Ghatak: Lethal (1996)|
|1994||Winner||Singapore International Film Festival, Silver Screen Award||Best Actor||Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992)|
|2004||Nominee||Zee Cine Awards||Popular Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Villainous Role||The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003)|
|2002||Nominee||Zee Cine Awards||Popular Award Best Villain||Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)|
|1998||Nominee||Zee Cine Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role||Koyla (1997)|
Amrish Puri was 4 brothers & sisters, elder brothers
- Chaman Puri (Actor)
- Madan Puri (Actor)
- Chandrakanta (elder sister)
- Harish Puri. (younger brother )
- Famous singer K. L. Saigal was his first cousin.
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:
- Namrata (daughter)
- Rajiv Puri (Son)
- Amrish Puri’s grandson name is Vardhan Puri
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’
Amrish Puri Net Worth:
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
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.