AMRISH PURI - Film Actor Popularly known as Mogambo

Amrish Puri (22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005) was a leading theatre and film actor from India, who was a key player in the Indian theatre movement that picked up steam in the 1960s. He worked with notable playwrights of the time, such as Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad. However, he is primarily remembered for essaying iconic negative roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries. To Indian audiences he is the most remembered for his role as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India (1987), and to Western audiences he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom





Born: 22-Jun-1932
Birthplace: Naushera, Punjab, India
Died: 12-Jan-2005
Location of death: Mumbai, India
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage
Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian/Indian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Nationality: India
Executive summary: Mogambo in Mr. India
Brother: Madan Puri (actor)
Daughter: Namrata
Son: Rajiv

He is known to international audiences for his roles as Khan in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982) and as the main antagonist Mola Ram in the Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He shaved his head for the role, and it created such an impression that he kept his head shaved and became one of the most popular villains in Hindi Cinema. Amrish and Spielberg shared a great rapport and Spielberg often said in interviews that, "Amrish is my favorite villain- The best the world has ever produced and ever will!".

He died on 12 January 2005, due to cerebral haemorrhage resulting from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome. in Mumbai, Maharashtra, aged 72.

Awards he Won ::
1968: Maharashtra State Drama Competition
1979: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre
1986: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Meri Jung
1991: Maharashtra State Gaurav Puraskar
1994: Sydney Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
1994: Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Ghatak
1997: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Ghatak
1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award- Virasat
1998: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Virasat

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