When we think of actors who played villains in Hindi cinema, Amrish Puri’s name definitely comes to our mind. He had that kind of impact. He played each character differently but his evil laugh was common in all. It’s hard to believe that he failed his first screen test, and instead found a job with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation Ministry of Labour and Employment (ESIC). He ended up being a part of 450 films between 1967 and 2005. Through the 70s, Puri often worked in supporting roles, usually as the henchman of the main villain. In the 80s and 90s, there were hardly any films which didn’t have him playing the villain.
Here’s him playing Mogambo. He was one main reason that the film was such a big hit. ‘Mogambo khush hua’ is still fondly remembered by all.
He played a mean lawyer in this film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi.
He played Thakur Durjan Singh in this revenge film which also had a dose of punar janam. He is responsible for killing Karan and Arjun.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
A rare film in which he didn’t play the villain, but his character was still hated for being Kajol’s orthodox father. He was a tough nut to crack and Shah Rukh Khan did all that he could to impress him.
He played the main villain in the multi-starrer film which also starred Sunny Deol, Naseeruddin Shah, Divya Bharti and Chunky Pandey. Azghar Jurhad was his character’s name.
Another film which starred Sunny Deol and Amrish Puri. They were quite a pair in the 90s. Amrish played an evil businessman named Balwant Rai in this one.
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This film saw Amrish playing the exploitative Bishambar Nath who exploits one of Anil Kapoor’s characters. Anil played a double role in this film.