Bollywood One And Only “Mogambo” Amrish Puri Sir
Born in Nawanshahr in Punjab, Amrish Puri auditioned for the role of a hero when he was 22 years old. This is the year 1954. The producer rejected him saying that his face is like a big stone. After this, Puri turned to the theater.
Ibrahim Alkazi, who brought the Hindi theater alive as the director of the National School of Drama, brought him to the theater in 1961. Amrish was working in Employees State Insurance Corporation in Bombay and became active in theater. Soon he became an assistant to legendary colorist Satyadev Dubey.
Initially, taking orders from Dubey in plays, he felt strange that this boy of lesser stature is teaching him. But when Dubey adopted strictness as a director, Puri accepted his knowledge. Later Puri always called Dubey as his guru. Then Puri’s acting in plays became strongly recognized.
How did Amrish Puri, who works at the Employees Insurance Corporation, come to the movies?
When the offers of films started coming, Puri quit his government job of about 21 years of Employees State Insurance Corporation. When he resigned, he had become an officer of A grade. Amrish Puri wanted to quit the job only when I became active in the theater. But Satyadev Dubey told them that unless they get good roles in films, they should not do so. Speaking, director Sukhdev saw him during a play and cast him in his film ‘Reshma Aur Shera’ (1971) for a gentle rural Muslim character. He was around 39 years old then.
Amrish Puri did many good films in the seventies. His place in Sarthak cinema had become tremendous, but his identity in commercial cinema in Mumbai began to be established in the eighties. It started with director Bapu’s film Hum Paanch in 1980 which had Sanjeev Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Raj Babbar and many other good actors. In this, Puri played the role of the cruel landowner Thakur Veer Pratap Singh. Everyone notices him as a villain. But with director Subhash Ghai’s ‘Vidhata’ (1982), he became a villain in Bollywood commercial films.