Amrish Puri

22 June 1932 | Cancer

Actor

Amrish Puri

The veteran actor who was part of the industry for over thirty years, delivered many memorable performances over the years and took the Bollywood villain to an international level. He appeared in iconic roles of Mogambo, Thakral and Thakur Durjan Singh to name a few. Over the years, he immortalized films like Viraasat, Vidhaata, Tridev and Ghayal to name a few.

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Filmography

18 June 2004Lakshya
Brig Gen. Gautam Puri

11 June 2004Dev
Chief Minister Bhandarker

27 June 2001Yaadein
Jagdish Kumar Malhotra

11 February 2000Badal
ACP Ranjeet Singh

1999Taal
Jagmohan Mehta

10 October 1999Gair
C.K. Oberoi

27 August 1999Baadshah
Suraj Singh Thaper

23 April 1999Jai Hind
Ret. Col. Mohandas

16 April 1999Zulmi
Balraj Dutt

19 March 1999Aarzoo
Dayashankar

27 November 1998China Gate
Col. Kewal Krishan Puri

1997Himalay Putra
Malhotra, Seema's father (special appearance)

8 December 1997Pardes
Kishorilal

7 April 1997Koyla
Raja Saab

8 November 1996Ghatak
Shambu Nath

13 October 1996Beqabu
ACP Amritlal Bakshi

23 August 1996Jeet
Gajraj Choudhary

17 May 1996Jaan
Police Commisioner Suryadev Singh

26 January 1996Vijeta
D.I.G. Jagdish Chaudhary

20 December 1995Haqeeqat
ACP. Shivcharan

7 September 1995Gundaraj
Police Inspector

28 April 1995Prem
Vanraja

21 January 1994Elaan
Ramakant Chaudhry

12 January 1994Mashaal
S.K. Vardhan

10 September 1993Gardish
Purshotam Kashinath Sathe

18 June 1993Sangram
Thakur Surajbhan Singh Kanwar

5 March 1993Kundan
Thakur Shamsher Singh

30 October 1992Muskurahat
Former Justice Gopichand Verma

25 June 1992Deewana
Dhirendra Pratap

24 January 1992Vansh
Vilasrao Chaudhary

12 April 1991Ajooba
Vazir-e-Ala (aka Vazir)

8 June 1990Ghayal
Balwant Rai

25 August 1989Jaadugar
Mahaprabhu Jagatsagar Chintamani

14 July 1989Batwara
Hanumant Singh

23 June 1989Daata
Gopaldas / G.D. Sarang

21 October 1988Dayavan
Inspector Ratan Singh

9 September 1988Janam Janam
Yuvraj Thakur Balbir Singh

1 September 1988Yateem
Dacoit Pukhiya 'Dadhu'

10 June 1988Rukhsat
Jagdish Chopra

6 May 1988Waaris
Dulla K. Singh

15 May 1987Loha
Sher 'Shera' Singh

3 September 1986Samundar
Raiszada Narsingh

28 June 1986Nagina
Bhairon Nath

10 June 1986Janbaaz
Rana Vikram Singh

2 November 1984Awaaz
Mulchand Malhotra

26 October 1984Jagir
Lakhan Singh / Thakur Suryapratap Singh

18 September 1984Duniya
Balwant Singh Kalra

14 September 1984Gangvaa
Special Appearance

16 December 1983Hero
Pasha

14 November 1983Coolie
John D'Costa

30 September 1983Haadsaa
R.K. Chakravarty

3 December 1982Vidhaata
Jagawar Chaudhary

22 September 1982Shakti
J.K. 'JK' Verma

7 May 1982Ashanti
Raja Bheesham Bahadur Singh

28 March 1981Kalyug
Kishan Chand

3 February 1981Krodhi
Madhavan

1980Aakrosh
Public Prosecutor Dushane

8 October 1980Dostana
Balwant Singh

9 September 1980Gehrayee
Tantric Magician

1978Kondura
Bhairavmoorthy / Kondura

1977Paapi
Michael (voice) (uncredited)

11 November 1977Bhumika
Vinayak Kale

6 September 1976Nishaant
Eldest Zamindar

6 September 1975Nishant
Eldest Zamindar

Biography

The veteran actor who was part of the industry for over thirty years, delivered many memorable performances over the years and took the Bollywood villain to an international level. He appeared in iconic roles of Mogambo, Thakral and Thakur Durjan Singh to name a few. Over the years, he immortalized films like Viraasat, Vidhaata, Tridev and Ghayal to name a few. Amrish Puri was born in Lahore, British India into a Punjabi family. His parents were Lala Nihal SIngh Puri and Mst Ved Kaur and he had elder brothers Chaman and Madan (both actors), elder sister Chandrakanta and younger brother, Harish. Amrish Puri moved to Shimla and graduated from B. M. College, Himachal Pradesh. He followed in his brothers’ footsteps and arrived in Mumbai but it would be a while before his career took off. His brothers were established actors and did villainous roles. He landed a job at Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. Simultaneously, he started performing in Prithvi Theatre for plays written by Satyadev Dubey. In 1979, he won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his work in theatre. This earned him his much awaited break and he started appearing on television, eventually landing in films at the age of 40. He worked in over 400 films ranging from Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. In 1970, he stepped into films with Prem Pujari as the henchman. This would be the stepping stone for many more negative roles that he would immortalize during his career. His baritone voice landed him some iconic roles in films like Mr. India (1987), Vidhaata (1982), Meri Jung (1985), Tridev (1989), Ghayal (1990), Damini (1993) and Karan Arjun (1995). He received the Filmfare Award for Best Villain for Karan Arjun, Koyla (1999), Baadshah (2000) and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2002). He also won several other Filmfare awards for the best supporting award. In 1994, he won the best actor award for Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda at the Sydney Film Festival and the Singapore International Film Festival. In 1991 he was awarded the Maharashtra State gaurav Puraskar. Through the 90s and early 2000s, he also appeared in several supporting roles in films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Phool Aur Kaante (1991), Pardes (1997), China Gate (1998) and Virasat (1997), among others. Internationally, his claim to fame was Gandhi (1982) and Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984). He was married to Urmila Divekar till his demise in 2005. He had two children - Rajiv and Namrata. He was 72 when he passed away due to cerebral hemorrhage resulting from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome.

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