Mogambo, we miss you on your birthday!

  • Divya Sharma,, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2015 16:12 IST

Who can forget Mogambo of Mr India or Balwant Rai or Ghayal? With his portrayal of negative roles with élan, he took villainy to a new level. Later on in his career, he played some very sensitive characters that left an indelible impression on audiences’ heart and soul.

Yes, we are talking of Amrish Puri, the veteran actor who emerged as an epitome of villainy with his fans. Puri, who died in 2005, continues to live in heart of many through his remarkable performances.

Born in Nawanshahr, Punjab, Amrish Puri had his elder brothers -- Madan Puri and Chaman Puri -- already working as actors in the film industry. He had worked in over 400 films, few of them in Kannada, Punjabi.

As we remember him on his birth anniversary, here are reasons why we miss him:

1. Screen presence: The recipient of Maharashta State Gaurav Puraskar had phenomenal screen presence.If it was Raja Thakur of Virasat (1997) or a caring business man in Subash Ghai’s Pardes, this man surely knew how to make his presence felt the screen.

Dialogue delivery: Puri delivered dialogues that went on becoming part and parcel of our lives. Be it, ‘Ja Simran Ja, Jeele apni Zindagi as Baldev Singh from DDLJ (1995) or ‘Magomabo khush hua’, from Mr India (1987). We all have used them at some point in our lives, haven’t we? His baritone voice along with his expressions brought life to the characters.

3. Versatility: With an ease, he could play an array of characters and was a delight for cinematic lovers. Though his kitty was pre-dominated by negative roles, the handful positive roles are proof to his versatility. He even filled life in small characters that he played in movies like Mohabbat (1985), Badal (2000), Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) or Lakshya (2004).

4.The quintessential villain: If Mogambo could chill our spines then Baba Bhairo Nath, his character from film Nagina, and General Dong, the evil dictator on Dongrial in Tehalka, would make us pray for his defeat throughout the movie.

He is still widely popular for the conviction he displayed in those venomous roles that can’t be replaced by any other actor.

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