Interesting facts about Amrish Puri you might not know

Jun 22, 2018, 10:45 IST
  • Interesting facts about Amrish Puri you might not know

    Amrish Puri was born in Jalandhar (Punjab) to a Punjabi-speaking Khatri family of Nihal Chand Puri and Ved Kaur. The actor had four siblings, elder brothers/renowned actors Chaman Puri and Madan Puri, elder sister Chandrakanta, and a younger brother, Harish Puri 

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    Amrish Puri entered the industry hoping to become a hero. He failed his first screen test, following which he landed a job with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)

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    Even while doing his mundane job, his passion for acting was in tact. Puri acted in plays at Prithvi Theatre written by the legendary Satyadev Dubey

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    He earned a lot of recognition as a stage actor, and even won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979. In pic: With Gulshan Grover

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    Following the success on stage, Amrish Puri got to work in television commercials. In pic: With Amitabh Bachchan

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    By the time he made his film debut, Amrish Puri was in his late 30s

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    Amrish Puri's first celluloid role was in the Marathi movie Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe, in which he played a blind man singing in a railway compartment. In pic: With Neena Gupta

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    Amrish Puri's first Hindi film was Reshma Aur Shera (1972)

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    Apart from Hindi, Amrish Puri acted in Kannada, Marathi, Hollywood, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. In pic: With Bharat Dabholkar and Sudesh Bhonsle

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    Overall, Amrish Puri appeared in nearly 400 films. In pic: With Om Puri, Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor

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    Amrish Puri portrayed the character of Mola Ram, a Thuggee priest in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. In pic: A still from 'Nayak'

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    In one of his interviews, Spielberg commented, "Amrish is my favourite villain -- The best the world has ever produced and ever will." In pic: As Mogambo in 'Mr. India'. In pic: A still from 'Aakhri Kartoos'

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    At first, Amrish Puri was reluctant to act in Indiana Jones', but Sir Richard Attenborough convinced him to take up the character

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    In Indian Jones, Amrish Puri shaved his head for the first time, and it went on to become a trademark in subsequent Bollywood films, where he played the dreaded villain.

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    Amrish Puri had a brief role as Khan in Attenborough's Gandhi (1982)

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    Amrish Puri had a passion for hats, and had a collection of nearly 200 gathered from across the globe

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    Amrish Puri's last film appearance was in Kachchi Sadak (released in 2006). In pic: A still from 'Nafrat Ki Aandhi'

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    Amrish Puri was suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare kind of blood cancer, and had undergone some brain invasive surgery for his condition after he was admitted to the Hinduja hospital in 2004.

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    Amrish Puri died following a brain haemorrhage on 12 January, 2015. His condition required frequent removal of the blood accumulated in the cerebral region of the brain.

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    Amrish Puri had slipped into coma shortly before his death on 12 January, 2005. In a career spanning over three decades, the veteran actor starred in over 200 films.

    We miss you Amrish ji!

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On the 86th birth anniversary of the legendary Bollywood actor Amrish Puri, we remember the iconic villain by presenting some interesting facts about him and pictures you may have not seen before

 

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