Remembering Amrish Puri: Hollywood Star Harrison Ford Pays Tribute to Indian Cinema Legend on His Birth Anniversary

Remembering Amrish Puri: Hollywood Star Harrison Ford Pays Tribute to Indian Cinema Legend on His Birth Anniversary

Hollywood Star Harrison Ford Pays Tribute to Indian Cinema Legend Amrish Puri on His Birth Anniversary

In a heartwarming tribute, renowned Hollywood actor Harrison Ford took a moment to remember his late co-star, the Indian cinema legend Amrish Puri, on the occasion of his birth anniversary. Fondly recalling their collaboration in the iconic film ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,’ Ford expressed admiration for Puri’s talent and reminisced about their enjoyable time working together.

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Ford, set to reprise his iconic role as Indiana Jones in the upcoming ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ highlighted the stark contrast between Puri’s on-screen menacing character, Mola Ram, and the sophisticated and charming individual he was in real life. The Hollywood veteran emphasized that Puri’s portrayal of villains in Hindi cinema did not reflect his true persona.

“He was a wonderful person, a very charming man. (He was) nothing like the character that he played in our film. Very sophisticated. I really admired him and enjoyed working with him. We had a good time together. And yes, I remember when he passed,” Ford shared, shedding light on his association with the late Amrish Puri.

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Amrish Puri, a prominent figure in the film industry, held an esteemed place as one of the great character actors of his era. Although renowned for his negative roles in movies like Mr. India, Vishwatma, and Tridev, Puri’s impact extended far beyond the realm of villains. Notable performances in films such as Mandi, Pardes, and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge showcased his versatility and left an indelible mark on Indian cinema.

In his autobiography, “The Act of Life,” Puri candidly revealed his initial disinterest in the role of Mola Ram. Interestingly, ‘Temple of Doom,’ a film based on a story by George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, did not release in India. Puri, along with fellow actor Roshan Seth, faced criticism and were unjustly labeled as “anti-national” for their involvement in the movie.

Puri‘s impact was not only recognized by audiences but also by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg himself. Puri received a handwritten note from Spielberg, who described him as his “best villain,” further affirming the significant contribution Puri made to the world of cinema.

As we celebrate Amrish Puri’s birth anniversary on June 22, let us remember his extraordinary journey in the film industry, his ability to portray diverse characters with brilliance, and the enduring impression he left on audiences worldwide.

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