Bollywood thesp Amrish Puri, who crossed over to Hollywood as the villain in Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” died Jan. 12 in Mumbai of a brain hemorrhage. Puri had been suffering from blood-related disorders. He was 71.
Puri followed his older brother Madan Puri to Bollywood. After being rejected due to his lack of conventional good looks, a requirement of heroes of the day, Puri took on the role of evil protagonist and made it his own.
Puri made his debut in Ajanta Arts’ “Reshma aur Shera” (Reshma and Shera, 1971). He was also seen in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” (1982).
He achieved great success with his portrayal as the evil Mogambo in the Shekhar Kapoor-helmed “Mr. India” (1987). His one-liner catch phrase “Mogambo khush hua” (Mogambo is happy) came to be indelibly identified with Puri ever after.
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Puri acted in more than 200 films during his career, notable among them helmer Shyam Benegal’s non-Bollywood Hindi films “Nishaant” (1975), “Manthan” (The Churning, 1976) and “Bhumika” (The Role, 1977). His last outing was with Mukta Arts’ “Aitraaz.” Puri will be seen in Mukta Arts’ “Kisna” and “Mujhse shaadi karogi” sked for release later this year.
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.