Late actor Amrish Puri would have turned 87 today. Earlier, in the day, Google celebrated the birth anniversary of the veteran actor, who is till date celebrated as one of the most famous villains in the history of Hindi cinema. While there are many characters that we can relate to the actor, Mogambo from Mr India is something that has become synonym to him. Today, on the special occasion, BollywoodLife got in touch with Late Puri's grandson Vardhan Puri. The young lad who is soon set to make his Hindi movie debut walked down the memory lane talking about his "Daadu".
"The fondest memories have to be Sundays," Vardhan said when asked him about his fondest memory with the veteran actor, "We (Vardhan and his cousins) used to get in casual conversations with him (sitting) on his lap, (and) that's the cutest memories." He furthermore, narrated an episode, where his grandfather made Vardhan and his cousins watch his all-time favorite movie, Shawshank Redemption. On one fine Sunday, Vardhan and his cousins were shown the movie. "We watched Shawshank Redemption, like a proper movie, in theatre with intervals and all." Talking further about it, Vardhan added, "He made Tangs for us and served us. He was wearing an apron that he borrowed from our chef, and he was excited to show us the movie that he was acting like a butler. So our focus was not really on the movie but just how cute he was."
Vardhan, also revealed how his grandfather, "never liked talking about his work at home". "He wanted to keep his work life and personal life different," he shared. Therefore, only when his grandchildren used to request him, he would utter his famous "Mogambo Khush Hua" at parties. The Puri lad also narrated an incident when he skipped his Tennis coaching classes for three days as he was scolded by coach. When asked as to why he wasn't attending the classes by his grandpa, Vardhan stated that he had holidays. But Amrish Puri realized Vardhan was fooling him and the next day he met his grandchild's coach. What followed next was a funny thing, as Vardhan described. The 29-year-old added that after his grandpa met and sat for just one hour at his Tennis coaching centre, his coach started treating him as his favourite student.
When we asked Vardhan what is the biggest teaching he has got from his grandfather, he said, "He used to tell how you must work hard irrespective of the results. Because you won't get anything until the time is right. Never put a limit, you never know destiny works."
Vardhan also recollected a cute moment when nearly 3000-4000 students in his school greeted his grandpa as 'Mogambo Uncle'. The DDLJ actor visited his grandchild's open-house in school, where he was bestowed with immense love from the kids.
Vardhan then went on to narrate the story of how the legendary actor wanted to be the leading man in movies, however, he was typecasted as a villain. However, that didn't stop the actor to take those rejections in his stride. "At 21 he wanted to be a film lead. He went to every producer and casting director saying that he wants to be a hero. And everyone told him, how can you be a hero! You cannot ever be a hero!" he reminisced. He further continued, "There was one person, who told him, that you have a villain's face. And my daadu got very dejected. It somewhere pinched him. He was wandering on the streets that night. He told himself, 'they think, I look like a villain and it's my weakness. But I would make my weakness my strength'. He then started playing on his hardness. He achieved his dreams at 41 when he got a chance to play some really endearing characters. But that took him 20 years of struggle. He always told him don't give anyone the power to decide what you can do. The kind of rejection he has seen no other actor has ever seen."
Vardhan lastly, confessed that he still feels the presence of his grandfather around him. "If I shut my eyes, and I ask them (grandparent) for an answer, I eventually get one."
Vardhan would be seen in a romantic thriller titled Paagal.
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