Google on Saturday celebrated the life and legacy of renowned Bollywood actor Amrish Puri, who is known for acing the iconic roles like Mogambo in Mr. India and Chaudhry Baldev Singh – Simran’s father in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Google is commemorating the actor and his contribution to Indian cinema on his 87th birth anniversary on Saturday.
Ambrish Puri needs no introduction in the film industry as he is considered one of the best villians in the history of Bollywood. From Shakti to Mr. India and Karan Johar, his villainous laugh and acts made the character alive.
Born in Punjab on June 22, 1932, Puri landed his first role at the age of 39 and went on to portray some of the most memorable villains in the history of Indian cinema.
The younger brother of character actors Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, Amrish auditioned for a lead role in 1954 but was rejected. After working in the theater and doing voiceover parts, he made his Bollywood debut in 1971’s Reshma Aur Shera. A decade later, he broke into Hollywood as Khan, a supporting role in the Oscar-winning movie, Gandhi.
Later, 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, had even said, “Amrish is my favorite villain. The best the world has ever produced and ever will.”
Appearing in more than 200 films in over half a dozen languages—including Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, and English — Puri needs no introduction in the film industry, he is considered one of the best villians in the history of Bollywood.