Wednesday January 22, 2020

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

0
//
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,

Also Read- Donald Trump To Address The Nation on Ongoing Border Crisis

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)

Next Story

“I feel that I still have to do a lot of work,” Says Veteran Writer-Lyricist Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar attended a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai

0
Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar says he still has to do a lot of work. Wikimedia Commons

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar beams with energy at the age of 75 and says he still has to do a lot of work.

“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me. I feel I have earned love of friends. I feel that I still have to do a lot of work. I can do a lot of things. I can write much more poetry, lyrics and scripts. I can associate myself with causes in which I believe in. I can speak my mind at different panel discussions, so that I can bring in change in people’s mindset,” said Akhar, at a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai.

Javed Akhtar
“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me,” says Javed Akhtar. Wikimedia Commons

Akhtar, who has been active in the film industry for nearly five decades now, said: “Every human being goes through good and bad, happy and sad times in his life. I feel people have to look at their grand total, and if you keep cribbing about your past then there is no use. If your grand total is correct and if you are happy with it, then you will feel happy.”

Also Read- Nutrition is a Topic That is Closest to my Heart: Bhumi Pednekar

Asked Akhtar what his kids had gifted him on his birthday, he said: “He (Farhan) has gifted me a really nice brown watch, so whenever I wear a brown kurta then I wear that watch. Zoya also gifts me things whenever she returns from her international trips but I feel she is the biggest gift of mine. What else I can ask for?”

Celebrities including Zoya Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Sudhir Mishra, Divya Dutta, and Riteish Deshmukh attended the photo-exhibition. (IANS)