Birth date: 22nd June
"Seventy-two-year Amrish Puri added a punch
to the roles by lending them his persona, his inimitable charm and
Making a foray into Bollywood at the age of 40 with Reshma aur Shera , the actor never looked back and acted in more than 200 films during his career spanning three decades.
The raised eyebrows, the venom-spewing dialogues and blood churning laughter of 'Mogambo' out to conquer the world in Mr. India continues to haunt the cinegoers.
With equal aplomb he played the character of a strict father with a loving heart in blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge with youngsters Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol and left an indelible mark on movie buffs.
However, it was his role in Hum Panch as Duryodhan that got him due applause.
He also caught the attention of Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg who cast him in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom in 1984.
Puri was known to delve into the depths of the character, study its nuances and then present it in his maverick style.
Though paired opposite thespian like Dilip Kumar in Vidhata he managed to hold on his own. He also acted with Amitabh Bachchan in several films including Shahanshah and Shakti.
Amrish also acted in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Jhooth Bole Kauva Kaate starring Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla.
In Saudagar , where he was pitted against veteran actors like and Raj Kumar and Dilip Kumar, his character left a mark of its own. His other films include Ram Lakhan, Karan Arjun, Phool Aur Kante and recently released Aitraaz.
Known as a wonderful human being in the film circle, his colleagues remember him more for his passion for improvising his character and taking lessons from others."
I found it remarkably difficult to get a lot of biographical info on Mr. Puri online considering the body of work he has produced. However, most of the obituaries out there tell the tale as well (and probably better) as I could, so I will simply say that it was always a joy to watch one of Amrish Puri's movies, and he never let me down.
Even though he is gone, I take some solace in the knowledge that there is a massive collection of movies out there that he has appeared in that I have yet to see, and I look forward to looking back.