Amrish Puri

Indian actor (1932–2005)

Amrish Lal Puri (22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005[1]) was an Indian actor, who was an important figure in Indian theatre and cinema. He is remembered for playing iconic villainous roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries. To Indian audiences he is the most remembered for his role as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India (1987), and to foreign audiences, he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He is also notable for films such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein, Pardes, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.

Amrish Puri
Amrish Puri at the premiere of The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
Amrish Lal Puri

(1932-06-22)22 June 1932
Died12 January 2005(2005-01-12) (aged 72)
Years active1967–2005
SpouseUrmila Diveker (1957–2005)
RelativesChaman Puri (brother),
Madan Puri (brother),
K. L. Saigal (first cousin)

He predominantly appears on Hindi language films, but he had also appeared in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi language films. Puri won three Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor.[2]

He died on January 12, 2005, at the age of 72, due to myelodysplastic syndrome, after suffering from it for two weeks.[3]


  • 1968: Maharashtra State Drama


  • 1990: Filmfare Award for Best Villain – Tridev


  1. "Amrish Puri is Dead". 12 January 2005. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013.
  2. "Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor", Wikipedia, 27 January 2020, archived from the original on 11 October 2020, retrieved 29 January 2020
  3. "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News". Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2019.