Amrish Puri - an actor of many colors…
Amrish Puri, who is also known as Mogambo in the Indian Film Industry, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 12th, leaving the industry as well as his loved ones in immense despair.
Amrish Puri has delivered more than two hundred movies in his span of staying in the industry for over
three decades. He stepped into the acting line with Reshma Aur Shera in 1971.
He has proved his flexible acting skills on the big screen through versatile films such as Mr India, Gardish, Virasat, Ram Lakhan, Ghayal, Ghatak, Damini, Saudagar, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Zubeidaa, Gadar - Ek Prem Katha. He did each and every role of his with full sincerity and in cooperation with the directors, taking their advice and following it. "I am a director's actor. I always follow their advice. That is the reason for my survival in the industry. I am like a brick. You can use a brick in a masjid [mosque], mandir [temple] or church. I fit in with any director. I don't think I am perfect. I keep trying new elements in acting," says Puri.
The on-screen villain turned into a fun-loving, soft-hearted person at the word “cut.” Amrish Puri was one of the most joyful people in bollywood. His co-stars describe him as a delight on the sets.
Apart from working in numerous films in Bollywood, Amrishji also took up couple of Hollywood films including Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ in 1984, for which he had to shaved his head. Another Hollywood film that got him recognized well was Sir Richard Attenborough's ‘Gandhi’.
Amrish Puri won many accolades as a man of evil-doings in a lot of his films and he enjoyed doing those roles. “I am happy to play the bad man. As an actor, I have to justify the roles I get. Unfortunately, I get more bad [negative] roles than good [good guy] roles,” he explains.
He alarmed the nation with his menacing words, “Mugambo, khush hua” and peculiar laughter in Mr. India. On the other hand, he played a strict father with a soft heart in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. One of his most comedic roles was in David Dhawan’s Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, where he plays the father to Priyanka Chopra’s character.
The full-of-life actor had a zest to go on with doing more films. His latest release was Aitraaz in 2004. He also acts in Subhash Ghai’s soon-to-be-released Kisna – the warrior poet. He had another untitled film in the pipeline, which wasn’t completed.
Amrishji’s conribution to the Indian Film Industry is immense. Needless to say, the dedicated actor will be missed by one and all. He will stay in our hearts as a sweet memory of a talented actor because legends live on, forever!