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We Bet You Didn't Know These Things About The Favorite Villain Of Bollywood, Amrish Puri

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Amrish Puri was a younger sibling to Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, both of them were successfully established villains in the film industry.

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Amrish puri came to Mumbai to become a hero in Hindi movies but he failed his screen test and instead found a job in employees state insurance corporation(ESIC).

 

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Amrish Puri met and fell in love with his wife Urmila  Divekar while working with the insurance firm.

 

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While doing his job, he continued to dream of acting in the movies. Puri acted in plays at Pritham Theatre written by the legendary Satyadev Dubey.

 

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He earned a lot of recognition as a stage actor and even won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979.

 

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Amrish Puri's first role was in the Marathi  movie 'Shantatu! Court Chalu Aahe', in which he played a blind man singing in a railway compartment.

 

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Amrish Puri debuted in Hindi film with 'Reshma Aur Shera' (1972). He was the Henchman of the main villain in the movie.

 

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Puri reigned supreme in villainous roles in the 1980s and 1990s. His dominating screen presence and baritone voice made him stand out amongst the other villains of the day.

 

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Amrish Puri's roles as 'Khan'  in Gandhi and(1982) and Mola  Ram in Steven Spielberg's   Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom(1984) were much acclaimed by the international audience. It was for Indiana Jones  that Puri had his head shaved for the first time.

 

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He was a part of around 400 movies including Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Hollywood, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films.

 

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Puri had a passion for hats. He had a collection of nearly 200 hats gathered from across the globe.

 

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Amrish Puri  has never won a filmfare award for a negative role. However, he has won 3 filmfare Best Supporting Actor awards for his roles as in Meri Jung, Virasat and Ghatak.

posted Jun 24, 2016 by Mary D'souza

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