On 22 June 2019, Puri was honoured with a Google Doodle. Commemorating his 87th birthday, Google carried his picture and the accompanying text read as, “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.”
Amrish Puri needs no introduction as he is considered one of the best actors in the history of Bollywood. Google celebrated the legacy of the Iconic bollywood actor Amrish Puri, who is known for his acting roles like Mogambo in Mr. India and Chaudhary Baldev Singh in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
Born on June 22, 1932, in Punjab, Puri landed his first role at the age of 39 and went on to portray some of the most memorable characters in the history of Indian cinema. Amrish failed in his first screen test and started performing in the Prithvi theatre. This theatre recognition soon led to work in television ads and eventually to films at the relatively late age of 40.
A decade later, he broke into Hollywood as Khan, a supporting role in the Oscar-winning movie, Gandhi.
Puri was later cast as Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, after initially turning down director Steven Spielberg’s offer. Spielberg, who persisted until Puri said yes, even said, “Amrish is my favorite villain. The best the world has ever produced and ever will.”
He has appeared in more than 400 films in over half a dozen languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, and English.
The legendary actor gave one of his most memorable performances at the age of 55, portraying 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.
One of the most iconic roles of Amrish Puri was in Yash Raj’s romantic film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. He portrayed a protective father who despite living in London for years hadn’t forgotten his roots. Puri’s line ‘Ja Simran Jaa, jee le apni jindagi’ is one of the most memorable ones in Bollywood’s history.
Amrish Puri portrayed the role of Shambhu Nath, a freedom fighter and father to Kashi (Sunny Deol) in Ghatak and the audiences’ eyes were filled with tears when Katya humiliated Shambu in front of the entire society.
Puri might be mostly known for his negative roles but his strength was to bring a certain kind of realism to the characters he portrayed. Despite being a towering personality, Puri never tried to overshadow any other actor in the same frame, and that probably was his biggest accomplishment.
Puri passed away on December 27, 2004 after suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare kind of blood cancer. However, the actor lives on in our hearts.