Amrish Puri is a name who everyone is familiar with. Apart from acting in over 400 films of various Indian languages between 1967 and 2005 and making a name for himself, he also acted in a number of Hollywood films including ‘Gandhi’ (1982) and ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ (1984). His performance in both of his international projects was appreciated by the national and international media.
Amrish Puri was an iconic actor by all means. In his career spanning across four decades, he appeared in a diverse range of characters, but his villainous acts garnered him more praise than his positive roles. When Amrish reached Mumbai to become a hero, his elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri were already established actors, known for playing villain roles. Amrish could not pass his first screen test so, instead of sitting at home, he decided to take a job with LIC. Meanwhile, he started doing stage shows at the famous the Prithvi Theatre. And within no time, he gained popularity which eventually landed him his first movie role. In 1970, he debuted on the big screen with his first film, ‘Prem Pujari’. Though the film did not perform well at the box office, he was noticed for his performance and was roped in for ‘Reshma Aur Sheraaa’, which hit screens in 1971. His powerful voice, the ability to express more through his eyes and the perfect hold on his craft made him one of the most sought after actors in the industry in years to come and he went on to work in Hindi, Kannada, Hollywood, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil films. Though his work was appreciated in all the industries, he is well known for his Bollywood films. Puri has won three Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Born on 22 June 1932, he passed away on 12th January, 2005 at the age of 72.