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8 Movies That Made Amrish Puri The Greatest Villain of Bollywood

The most loved negative role actor of Bollywood

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Amrish Puri was best-known for his negative roles. Wikimedia commons
Amrish Puri was best-known for his negative roles. Wikimedia commons

Amrish Puri was a Bollywood actor, born in 1932, he was one of the most prominent actors famous for negative roles. From Magambo to Mola Ram, he played some major iconic roles. The most dreaded villain who almost defined terror.

He died in 2005 at the age of 75. He had won various awards due to his acting. His legacy makes him eternal, with his unique voice and powerful personality.

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Amrish Puri with Prem Modi. Wikimedia commons
Amrish Puri with Prem Modi. Wikimedia Commons

1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

He played the role of a strict father in this big blockbuster romantic movie. Amrish Puri is still remembered for his climax dialogue “Ja Simran, jeele apni zindagi”.

2. Mr India

Mogambo, probably the most frightening villain who still brings a chill to our spines. This character is the most legendary villain of Bollywood. Playing a powerful evil scientist who had a kingdom of his own, Amrish Puri was loved for his acting excellence.

3. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

An unrelenting father, believed to be dead in riots, later discovered alive as the Mayor of Lahore. He played an opposing father who didn’t accept his Indian son-in-law.

4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The most hated villain in international cinema, Mola Ram. His character was extremely hated for being the demonic priest who performs rituals of human sacrifices and enslaves children.

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5. Nayak

A CM who ignored riots to protect his vote bank and is caught on camera, following which he challenges a journalist to take his place for a day.

Amrish Puri with Jeetendra. Wikimedia commons
Amrish Puri with Jeetendra. Wikimedia Commons

6. Hulchul

The dhoti-clad old man with a walking stick in his hand, raging with anger on the mention of the word ‘woman’ is still fresh in the minds of his fans. He banned entry of females in his house and forbade his sons from getting married.

7. Nagina

Baba Bhairo Nath, a snake-charmer, seen in a tantrik’s get-up. He wanted to acquire the sacred mani, the location of which is known only to the Nagin.

8. Karan Arjun

Thakur Durjan Singh, a wicked man who killed Karan and Arjun’s father, caused extreme suffering to Raakhee’s character for 20 years. He was too, one of the most hated characters.

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Javed Akhtar Remembers Amrish Puri As a Great Actor And Human Being

With over 400 films credited to his name, the "Mogambo" of Bollywood took his last breath on January 12, 2005. He was 72

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Javed Akhtar. Wikimedia

Ahead of the 14th death anniversary of late legendary actor Amrish Puri, veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar remembered him saying he was a combination of “a great actor and great human being.”

In the forthcoming episode of Zee Bollywood’s “Classic Legends Season 5”, Javed Akhtar will go down memory lane with Amrish Puri’s achievements and remarkable contribution to Hindi cinema.

“Amrish Puri will be remembered as a great actor. But people like me, who have known him personally, will remember him as a great actor and a great human being.

Amrish Puri was a great actor and human being: Javed Akhtar. Wikimedia

“Amrish Puri was a mix of both. Noted filmmaker Steven Spielberg had once mentioned that he had seen many films in his lifetime, but he has never seen such a good villain,” Akhtar said while paying tribute to the actor.

Whether as the homesick NRI in Aditya Chopra’s “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”, the benevolent feudal landlord in “Viraasat”, Sunny Deol’s terminally ill, idealistic father in “Ghaatak” or Amisha Patel’s anti-India father in “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha”, Amrish Puri created a gallery of characters in his decades long journey in Bollywood,

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He was not only seen in Hindi films but also Kannada, Marathi, Hollywood, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil.

With over 400 films credited to his name, the “Mogambo” of Bollywood took his last breath on January 12, 2005. He was 72. (IANS)