Amrish Puri (22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005) was an Indian actor, who was one of the most notable and important figure in Indian cinema and Theatre. He is remembered for playing various roles in variety of film genres, specially iconic villainous roles in Hindi Cinema, as well as International Cinema. He is also known for his distinctive deep voice. To Indian audiences, he is the most remembered for his role as "Mogambo" in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India (1987), and to Western audiences, he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Puri won three Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor in eight nominations. He also holds most Filmfare Award for Best Villain nominations. While he predominantly worked in Hindi-language films, he had also appeared in Punjabi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi language films. His grandson, Vardhan Puri, is also an actor in Indian Cinema, having written and starred in a film produced by a production house named after Puri, Amrish Puri Films.
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