Villians are more exciting than any other character because it’s their move that we want to predict and know. Well they are the the one who keep the audience glued to the screen apparently leaving the viewers all lost in deep thought about how they will twist the story. and certainly Amrish Puri was one such villian who was great at playing villians in his movies.
Remembering the legend on his death anniversary we have some interesting facts about him that you might have missed about the so good man who was great at playing the villian.
Amrish Puri’s advice to young actors of today was that focusing your the six pack phenomena did not necessarily equate to being a good actor.
Not many of us know that Amrish Puri was one of the few actors of his generation to have had a college education from Shimla. He was also an active participant in the Amateur Dramatics Society of his school and college.
Amrish Puri met and fell in love with his wife Urmila Divekar while he was working with an insurance firm.During his initial days as an actor in Mumbai Amrish Puri started doing plays in Prithvi theatre. Having been born in pre-partition Lahore, Amrish Puri honed his acting skills in theatre but only made his film debut at the age of 40.
Amrish Puri has said that had he started acting at an early age he would probably not have been so successful as a character actor much later in life.Amrish Puri started acting in theatre through his guru Pt Pt. Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad’s plays. He was a popular stage actor acting in his mentor Pt Satyamev Dubey’s plays in Prithvi theatre in Mumbai.
One of the best known roles of Amrish Puri’s career was as Mogambo in the cult hit Mr India. Never has there been a villain like him on the big screen.Amrish Puri had started working in the insurance company as a senior division clerk. He only gave up his job six years after he joined the film industry. Amrish Puri’s role as Mola Ram in Indiana Jones got him the biggest compliment of his career. Steven Spielberg called him his favourite villain.
“Eventually, I sorted out this complexity of making cinema my career, because stage could have never provided for a decent living.”Amrish Puri has always maintained that an actor needs a strong support system in his colleagues and family to make it in the fickle film industry.
Amrish Puri’s brother Madan Puri had entered the film industry before him and set him on the path to acting in mainstream cinema.It was during his stint as a theater actor that Amrish Puri defined his voice as the baritone it was to become later. Amrish Puri eventually became well known as stage actor and won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979.
After he did the role of Mogambo, Amrish Puri was flooded with offers to pay a villain but not many know that he initially wanted to be a film hero and not a villain!
From the old brigade of Punjabis who moved to the film industry post Partition, Amrish Puri’s peers were veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra among others.Amrish Puri is always fondly remembered by his co-stars even though he played notorious villains to their on-screen characters.
“It is very difficult to be popular in villainous roles, because you are not a villain in real life.”- Amrish Puri