Amrish Puri

Profession: Actor


Brothers of Amrish Puri

Chaman Puri,
Madan Puri (both elder, both are also actors),
Harish Puri (younger)

Children of Amrish Puri

Son- Rajiv
Daughter- Namrata

Father of Amrish Puri

Lala Nihal Chand Puri

Mother of Amrish Puri

Ved Kaur

Sister of Amrish Puri

Chandrakanta (elder)

Wife/Spouse of Amrish Puri

Urmila Diveker (m. 1957-2005)

Favourite Filmmaker of Amrish Puri

Subhash Ghai

Favourite Music Director(s) of Amrish Puri

S. D. Burman, R. D. Burman

Favourite Singer(s) of Amrish Puri

K. L. Saigal, Kishore Kumar

Awards of Amrish Puri

1979: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre.
1994: Sydney Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actor Awards for "Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda."
2000: Kalakar Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

Filmfare Awards of Amrish Puri

1986: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for "Meri Jung."
1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for "Ghatak."
1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for "Virasat."

Controversies of Amrish Puri

In 1985, during the shoot of "Zabaradast," the legendary director Nasir Hussain was shooting an action scene with Amrish Puri and Aamir Khan was in charge of action continuity. Aamir checked the basic details and once everything was set, he gave his instructions to Amrish Puri with his hands. However, Amrish Puri was so much engrossed in the scene that he kept forgetting the continuity. Aamir, being a perfectionist, kept reminding him and after few reminders, all of a sudden Amrish Puri lost his cool. Amrish Puri started screaming at Aamir in front of the whole unit and there was a pin-drop silence on the set. Amir got scared and kept his head down without uttering a single word. Finally, Nasir Hussain mildly intervened to say that Aamir is just doing his job. It's at that time Amrish Puri came back to his senses and apologized to Aamir and appreciated his style and detailing.  

Information about Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri was a fitness freak and he never rarely missed his daily exercises.  Amrish Puri was also the first cousin of the veteran actor and singer K. L. Saigal.  He was first noticed in the movie Hum Paanch (1980).  It was for the Hollywood film 'Indiana Jones' that he had his head shaved for the first time.  Amrish Puri started performing at the Prithvi Theatre in plays written by Satyadev Dubey.  Steven Spielberg is a great fan of Amrish Puri and he often quotes in his interviews: 'Amrish is my favourite villain. The best the world has ever produced and ever will!'  He had always loved to do theatres and to his love for theatres, once he said, 'I do theatre even now. People generally use theatre as a stepping stone and never turn back once they are into films. Yet, theatre is something I will always do; it gives me great satisfaction. The response is instant. You are either appreciated or rejected. Besides, it gives you a chance to play all the roles that you would like to. I turn to the theatre for creative satisfaction.'  He became an assistant to Satyadev Dubey and in an interview, Amrish Puri revealed that he considered Satyadev Dubey as his 'Guru.'  He failed his first Screen-Test. Later, he found a job with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation Ministry of Labour and Employment (ESIC).  He played the character of Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film 'Indiana Jones' and the 'Temple of Doom' (1984).  Asking his inspirations for acting, Amrish Puri said, 'I do want to play 'King Lear' and 'Hamlet.' And the father in 'All My Sons,' the protagonist in 'A View from the Bridge,' or Van Gogh in 'Lust for Life.' You also tend to draw inspiration for your roles in films from these characters - and from real life. But you can't pinpoint these characters. They are in my subconscious mind. I'd also love to do historical roles. But that isn't practical. I can do 'Macbeth' or 'Lear' only in the theatre. There are so many roles like that I'd like to do.  He also loved to read newspapers and it had become a part of his daily routine.  Did Amrish Puri smoke:? Not Known  He had 4 siblings- 2 elder brothers, 1 elder sister and 1 younger brother.  He was born in Nawanshahr, Punjab to a Punjabi-speaking family.  No one was as good at playing it bad like Amrish Puri. In fact, he was the benchmark for a Bollywood villain.  When asked about his favourite roles, the very first role that came into his mind was the role of a village chief in Girish Karnad's Kannada Film- 'Kaadu (1973).' The other roles that he considered very close to his heart were from the films- 'Nishant,' 'Manthan,' 'Bhumika' and 'Sooraj Ka Saatvan Ghoda.'  Once he said, 'I just worked and worked relentlessly. I do not remember how and when I got popular with the filmmakers and what they sought in me.'  With his croaky voice and intense expressions, he had created a niche in the Film Industry.  He started working in films at the age of 40.  Eventually, Amrish Puri became a well-known theatre artist and for his contribution to theatres, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979.  It was Ebrahim Alkazi who got him into theatre in 1961.  After completing his graduation from B. M. College in Shimla, he moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) to pursue his acting aspirations.  His elder brothers, Chaman Puri and Madan Puri were also actors.  Did Amrish Puri drink alcohol:? Yes  His dialogue delivery was so intense that even today they reverberate in our ears.  Amrish Puri had done almost 60 full-length plays and in one such play 'Aadhey Adhure,' he essayed 5 roles- that of the husband, the lover, the wife's boss and two other characters. 


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