Amrish Puri, one of the most vicious villains in Bollywood will write an autobiography and bring it out as a collector's item book. Puri has cut down heavily on his assignments so that he can concentrate on writing. The highlight of the book will be a letter sent to him by Steven Spielberg after he played the main negative lead of Mola Ram in Spielberg's INDIANA JONES & THE Temple OF Doom IN 1984. Amrish Puri made his Bollywood debut at the age of 40 in 1971 with Reshma Aur Shera.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Was his latest release.
Amrish Puri, the younger brother of character actor Madan Puri, initially screen tested for a hero's role in 1954. When the producer rejected him, saying that he had a 'crude and harsh face' Amrish turned his attention to the theatre and also lent his voice to several advertisement jingles. When he was almost 40, director Sukhdev signed him for 'Reshma Aur Shera'. But when producer Sunil Dutt took over as the director of the film, like the camels, Amrish Puri blended into the background. It was another long wait before Amrish Puri, now a famous stage actor, was cast by art filmmaker Shyam Benegal in films like 'Nishaant', 'Manthan and 'Bhumika'.
Mogambo Khush Hua? is his famous dialouge.
However, it was only after the commercial success of his role of Duryodhana in 'Hum Paanch', a modern-day version of the Ramayana, that he was recognised as an actor. And with films like `Vidhaata` and `Hero` becoming hits, Amrish Puri became a star villain. Hollywood director, Steven Spielberg was so impressed with him that he cast him as the main villain in his film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' in 1984.
His venomous performance in 'Nagina' was a landmark but his career-defining role came with 'Mr. India' in 1987, as Mogambo. And the catchline, "Mogambo khush hua" became one of the most famous lines in the history of Hindi cinema.
With occasional positive roles in films like 'Phool Aur Kaante' in 1991 and 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' in 1995, he has also done films like 'Ram Lakhan', 'Saudagar','Karan Arjun' and `Koyla`which reaffirms his versatility.