Date of Birth: 22nd June, 1932.
Date of Death: 12 January, 2005.
Education: Graduate from B. M. College, Shimla.
Debut Film: "Prem Pujari"
Film Awards: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for 'Meri Jung",
"Ghatak" and "Virasat"
Sydney Film Festival, Best Actor Award for "Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda"
Amrish Puri was born in Nawanshehar district of Punjab. His parents were
(father) Lala Nihal Chand and (mother) Ved Kaur. Amrish Puri had two
elder brothers- Chaman Puri and Madan Puri, who were also actors. After
graduation, Amrish Puri came to Bombay to act in films. Amarish failed
his first screen test and had to find a job with the Ministry of Labour.
Meanwhile, he started acting at the Prithvi Theatre and soon he became
well known stage actor.
Amrish Puri won Sangeet Natak Academy Award for his performance in
theatre. Amrish got breakthrough in Hindi films at the age of 40. The
first film he had signed was "Reshma Aur Shera" but his first
released film was "Prem Pujari". After that he appeared in
negative and character roles in a number of movies such as Shyam
Benegal's "Nishant", "Manthan", Bhumika" and "Suraj
Ka Satvan Ghoda". Ambrish Puri became famous in Bollywood as
Mogambo from the hit film "Mr. India" directed by Shekhar
Kapoor. Amrish Puri did not play only negative roles but also appeared
in character roles, which includes kind hearted business man in "Pardesh",
father of Jackie Shroff in "Gardish", grandfather in "Chori
Chori Chupke Chupke" and Baldev Singh in "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le
Jayenge". His last film was"Kisna: The Warrior Poet". The
film was released a few days after his death.
Kachchi Sadak, Mumbai Express, Kisna: The Warrior Poet, Ab Tumhare
Hawale Watan Saathiyo, Hulchul, Aitraaz, Taarzan: The Wonder Car, Mujhse
Shaadi Karogi, Lakshya, Dev, Woh Tera Naam Tha, Dil Pardesi Ho Gayaa,
Out of Control, Jaal, The Hero, Khushi, Rishtey, Jaani Dushman, Shararat
Badhaai Ho Badhaai, Nayak, Yaadein, Gadar, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, Chori
Chori Chupke Chupke, Censor, Zubeidaa, Mohabbatein, Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke
, Badal, Shaheed Uddham Singh, Thakshak, Gair Baadshah, Taal, Jai Hind,
Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate, China Gate, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, Koyla, Dhaal,
Himalay Putra, Pardes, Virasat, Ghatak, Diljale, Kala Pani, Dilwale
Dulhania Le Jayenge, Hulchul, Karan Arjun, Droh Kaal, Tejasvini,
Gardish, Damini, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda, Vishwatma, Tehelka, Phool Aur
Kaante, Ghayal, Nigahen, Waaris, Shahenshah, Mr India, Loha, Nagina,
Mashaal, Coolie, Gandhi, Manthan, Hulchul and Reshma Aur Shera.