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Remembering Amrish Puri: Rare and unseen photos

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Amrish Puri was one of Indian cinema’s most respected actors, and is still remembered for his iconic role as the villain Mogambo in the 1987 film Mr India. The actor was born on June 22, 1932, and today would have been his 84th birthday.
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Puri passed away on January 12, 2005, and was an important figure not only in Bollywood but in Indian theatre as well. He worked with renowned playwrights of the time such as Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad.
Here are some rare and unseen photos from the Indian Express archives to remember the actor.
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Amrish Puri also left an indelible mark on international cinema as Mola Ram in the Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).
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He has won three Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, and was even a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner.
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Amrish Puri was known more as a villain, but he also played many character roles. His signature bass voice and ability to emote aggressively set him apart from his peers.

Amrish Puri was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, to Lala Nihal Chand and Ved Kaur. He had four siblings, elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri (both of whom also became actors), younger brother Harish Puri and elder sister Chandrakanta
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Amrish Puri acted in more than 400 films between 1967 and 200.

During his tenure, Amrish Puri worked in regional films as well. Apart from Hindi and Hollywood cinema, he acted in Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films.
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Puri died on January 12, 2005, due to cerebral haemorrhage in Mumbai, Maharashtra, at the age of 72.