Autobiography of Amrish Puri launched
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Autobiography of Amrish Puri launched

The Act of Life, co-written by the veteran actor and ex-journo Jyoti Sabharwal was launched in the national capital on May 24.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 13:42 IST
Megha Mahindru (HT Style)
Megha Mahindru (HT Style)

A year after his chilling eyes took leave of the big screen; he is still remembered and adored for his dauntingly perfect portrayals of both villainous and endearing gruffness.

The Act Of Life, an autobiography of Amrish Puri, written with Jyoti Sabharwal, encapsulates the rich repertoire of artistic capacities that Puri possessed. Felicitating the launch of the book were renowned director Shyam Benegal and actor Anupam Kher at the Oxford Bookstore in Churchgate.

Anupam Kher reads from Amrish Puri's  autobiography The Act of Life.

While Benegal recounted stories about the star, who had acted in some of his pathbreaking films, Kher spoke of the camaraderie he had enjoyed with his fellow actor.

“We were both from the same area in Shimla. Settled in Mumbai, in the same industry, we had a lot in common. Our casual conversations in Punjabi were absolute fun,” said Kher. Reading passages from the book, he added, “It’s very nostalgic for me to think of all this.

He was a dear friend. I still haven’t deleted his number from my phone book, it just looks nice there.” Detailing dialogue exchanged between George Harrison and Amrish Puri on the sets of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the book traces Puri’s evolution from villain to lovingly stern patriarch to Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.

Going by the audience’s reactions, Mogambo would have been pleased.

First Published: May 26, 2006 13:42 IST