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How well do you know Amrish Puri?

January 14, 2005 14:24 IST
Amrish Puri is no more but his celluloid memories will remain immortal.

Here's a trip down memory lane, looking back at the legendary actor's work. Test your knowledge of Amrish Puri in our special quiz!

1. What was Amrish Puri's first film?
a. Reshma Aur Shera
b. Shantatu! Court Chalu Aahe
c. Manthan

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Wrong!
The correct answer is B. 
Did you know? The first film in which Amrish Puri acted -- directed by his mentor, theatre director Satyadev Dubey -- was in Marathi, written by the legendary Vijay Tendulkar and based on his play. Purisaab's role wasn't in the original play but was added on for the film. He played a blind man singing in a railway compartment.

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Did you know? The first film in which Amrish Puri acted -- directed by his mentor, theatre director Satyadev Dubey -- was in Marathi, written by the legendary Vijay Tendulkar and based on his play. Purisaab's role wasn't in the original play but was added on for the film. He played a blind man singing in a railway compartment.

2. How old was Amrish Puri when he made his big-screen debut in Reshma Aur Shera?
a. 22.
b. 30.
c. 39.

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The correct answer is C.
Did you know? Character actor Madan Puri's younger brother first auditioned for a hero's role in 1954, when he was 22. The producer rejected the young Amrish, saying he had a harsh face, after which Purisaab turned his attention to theatre. Mentor Satyadev Dubey advised him to wait for the right movie moment, and so, he continued to work in Maharashtra's Employee State Insurance Scheme till director Sukhdev took him aboard Reshma Aur Shera. He was 39.
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Did you know? Character actor Madan Puri's younger brother first auditioned for a hero's role in 1954, when he was 22. The producer rejected the young Amrish, saying he had a harsh face, after which Purisaab turned his attention to theatre. Mentor Satyadev Dubey advised him to wait for the right movie moment, and so, he continued to work in Maharashtra's Employee State Insurance Scheme till director Sukhdev took him aboard Reshma Aur Shera. He was 39.

3. Who persuaded Puri to act in Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom?
a. Om Puri
b. Shyam Benegal
c. Sir Richard Attenborough

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Wrong! The correct answer is C.
Did you know? At first, Purisaab wasn't impressed by the masala script of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and decided against doing the film.

Sir Richard Attenborough, who directed him in Gandhi, pointed out that Steven Spielberg's technique made his films special. Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom was a box-office blockbuster, and among Puri's most memorable roles!

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Did you know? At first, Purisaab wasn't impressed by the masala script of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and decided against doing the film.

Sir Richard Attenborough, who directed him in Gandhi, pointed out that Steven Spielberg's technique made his films special. Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom was a box-office blockbuster, and among Puri's most memorable roles!

4. In which film is his character called Colonel Puri?
a. Jaal: The Trap
b. China Gate
c. Krodhi

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Wrong! The correct answer is B.
Did you know? Amrish Puri wasn't noticed for a very long time, after his small role in Reshma Aur Shera or his memorable roles in those early Shyam Benegal films (Nishant, Bhumika). It was only after the commercial success of his Duryodhana role in Hum Paanch, that he was recognised as an actor. After Vidhaata and Hero became hits, Amrish Puri became a star villain.

His venomous performance in Nagina was a landmark, but his career-defining role came with Mr India as Mogambo.

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Even in 1977 when the Did you know? Amrish Puri wasn't noticed for a very long time, after his small role in Reshma Aur Shera or his memorable roles in those early Shyam Benegal films (Nishant, Bhumika). It was only after the commercial success of his Duryodhana role in Hum Paanch, that he was recognised as an actor. After Vidhaata and Hero became hits, Amrish Puri became a star villain.

His venomous performance in Nagina was a landmark, but his career-defining role came with Mr India as Mogambo.

5. For which movie did Amrish Puri shave his head?
a. Hum Paanch
b. Karan Arjun
c. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

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Wrong! The correct answer is A.
Did you know? Amrish Puri shaved his head for the role of the villain Mola Ram in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. It created such an impression that he kept his bald look for all his future films.
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Did you know? Amrish Puri shaved his head for the role of the villain Mola Ram in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. It created such an impression that he kept his bald look for all his future films.

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