Amrish Puri died yesterday. S told me while s2 an s3 talked about it. Dammn. That is just so sad. He was always one of those people always showing up in a movie, but not exactly one to have enough hardcore fans for regular updates on his health. I mean a chipped nail of Aishwarya rai will make it to the news. He died of a Brain Haemorrhage.I am so sorry...
Mogambo was the typical bollywood nineties villian... showy, dumb, powerful and unreal....
Here is the news report from the hindustan times. I have gathered a few pics together and put them on my yahoo account....
Veteran actor Amrish Puri passes away
Mumbai, January 12, 2005 20:45 IST
Veteran character actor Amrish Puri died of a brain hemorrhage at P D Hinduja Hospital on Wednesday morning. He was 72 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Puri was admitted to the hospital on December 28 after he suffered a fall at his residence.
The actor had been unwell for some time and had recently had his blood checked for disorders. He also had a malarial attack a few months ago. Doctors who attended Puri at the Hinduja hospital said that he was suffering from 'Myelo displastic syndrome" which is a disease that impairs the blood clotting system. "Puri underwent neuro surgery for this disorder yesterday evening and was doing fine till he suddenly slipped into a coma at 1.30 last night,'' medical sources said. Amrish Puri had acted in most of noted producer Subash Ghai's films. A shocked Ghai said that he has lost has elder brother. Amrish Puri was the younger brother of character actor Madan Puri. He made his debut in Bollywood in 1971 in Sunil Dutt's Reshma Aur Shera after doing severalroles in theatre.
It was Shyam Benegal who discovered his latent talents and offered him prominent roles in Nishaant, Manthan and Bhumika.
Puri delved into the depths of each character, and he began to be recognized as a character actor along with his contemporaries like Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri.
But Amrish Puri became a household name and as popular and revered as Gabbar Singh after his devious role as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's Mr India in 1987.
Playing Mogambo, the quintessential villain with the now famous statement Mogambo khush hua , the line became a lullaby for many mothers to make their children sleep. Later, he also acted as a real baddie in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
But yet in real life colleagues recall him as one of the most affectionate of human beings. " He was a good man from the heart,'' says Ghai. He did more than 200 films, but what made him famous was his roles not he himself.
Among his other most notable films were Naseeb, Kalyug, Dostana, Kurbani, Aakrosh, Shakti, Coolie and Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.
He was even paired opposite thespian Dilip Kumar in Subhash Ghai's`Vidhata'. He also acted with Amitabh Bachchan in several films including `Shahanshah' and `Shakti'. His roles in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's `Jhooth Bole Kauva Kaate' starring Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla wasappreciated by the masses as well as the critics.
His other films include `Ram Lakhan', `Karan Arjun', `Phool Aur Kante' and recently released `Aitraaz'. All in all he acted in over 200 films.
Puri's latest film releases had been Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyon . He has also acted in yet to be released Subhash Ghai's Kisna, and had recently started working on Kamal Hasan's Mumbai Express.
Though Amrish Puri was ailing for the past few months, he was planning to write his own memoirs. Numerous film stars directors and producers from Bollywood paid respect to his mortal remains that is kept at the hospital.
Film stars like Amitabh Bacchan, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Sunny Deol, Abhishek Bacchan, Asha Parekh, and TV anchor Shekar Suman and directors Subhash Ghai and Yash Chopra reached the hospital and paid their homage to the demised soul. The funeral will held on Thursday at the Shivaji park crematorium afternoon."