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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)

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Javed Akhtar Feels Banning of Indian Content in Pakistan Wrong

The event was organised by the Mijwan Welfare Society

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Javed Akhtar. Wikimedia

Veteran poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar says that restricting art in the name of culture damage is wrong and such things should not happen, neither in Pakistan nor India.

During a media interaction, Akhtar took issue with the recent controversy sparked by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar stating that the Supreme Court will not allow Indian content to be shown on Pakistani TV channels as it “damages their culture.”

Javed Akhtar said: “This is all wrong, there shouldn’t be any such talks coming from here, neither from there, as well.

“There are so many good serials which come from there (Pakistan) and they should be able to telecast here but they don’t, and our good programmes should be able to telecast there, and why should not they telecast over there and which culture is getting damaged? Neither their’s, nor our culture could get damaged.”

Javed Akhtar along with his wife Shabana Azmi. Wikimedia

Akhtar said that statements like these are wrong and the path of art should not be restricted.

“These are just talks and people keep on jabbering about something or the other, someone does not want Ghulam Ali to come to India, and people from Pakistan keep on saying something else, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle haven’t been able to go to Pakistan.

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“In India people don’t want Pakistani artistes, this is all wrong. As far as art and culture is concerned, whether people from Pakistan or from India, every avenue and path should be open for it.”

The event was organised by the Mijwan Welfare Society. (IANS)