Mumbai, January 08: On the occasion of the 14th death anniversary of late legendary actor Amrish Puri, veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar memorized him by prising that he was a combination of a great actor and great human being.
In the upcoming episode of Zee Bollywood s legends season 5, Akhtar will be remembering achievements and remarkable contribution with Amrish Puri to Hindi cinema. While paying the tribute to the actor Akhtar said, "Amrish Puri will be remembered as a great actor. But people like me, who have known him personally, will remember him as a great actor and a great human being. Amrish Puri was a mix of both. Noted filmmaker Steven Spielberg had once mentioned that he had seen many films in his lifetime, but he has never seen such a good villain".
Whether as the homesick NRI in Aditya Chopra s "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", the benevolent feudal landlord in "Viraasat", Sunny Deol s terminally ill, idealistic father in "Ghaatak" or Amisha Patel s anti-India father in "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha", Amrish Puri created a gallery of characters in his decades-long journey in Bollywood
He was not only seen in Hindi films but also Kannada, Marathi, Hollywood, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil. Overall he acted in 400 movies, he is also known as the Mogambo of Bollywood. Bollywood legend Amrish Puri took his last breath on January 12, 2005, at the age of 72 years.