Famous search engine Google on Saturday remembered one of the most talented and versatile actors of Bollywood, Amrish Puri, on his 87th birth anniversary.
The most renowned villain of Bollywood, Amrish Lal Puri’s appealing voice and great expressions made him a flawless actor. He mostly played negative roles and is fondly remembered for his performance as Mogambo in Mr. India..
The three times winner of Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor was one of the most iconic actors during that time.
To mark his birth anniversary, Google wrote, “ If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again—and you might end up like Indian film actor Amrish Puri, who overcame an early setback on the way to fulfilling his big screen dreams.”
Today’s Doodle by Pune-based guest artist Debangshu Moulik celebrates the life and legacy of the renowned actor, born in Punjab on this day in 1932.
Puri landed his first role at age 39 and went on to portray some of the most memorable villains in the history of Indian cinema.
The younger brother of character actors Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, Amrish auditioned for a lead role in 1954 but was rejected. After working in the theatre and doing voice over parts, he made his Bollywood debut in 1971’s Reshma Aur Shera.
A decade later, he broke into Hollywood as Khan, a supporting role in the Oscar-winning movie, Gandhi.
He was later cast as Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, after initially turning down director Steven Spielberg’s offer.
“Amrish is my favorite villain,” said Spielberg, who persisted until Puri said yes. “The best the world has ever produced and ever will!”
Appearing in more than 200 films in over half a dozen languages—including Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, and English—Puri gave one of his most memorable performances at age 55. Playing Mogambo in the 1987 cult classic Mr. India, Puri’s deep-voiced delivery of the dastardly line “Mogambo khush hua” (“Mogambo is pleased”) would become his signature.