Bollywood actor Amrish Puri, who has appeared in more than 200 films, is most widely remembered for playing the menacing villain Mogambo in 1987 cult classic Mr India. His bad guy performance was touted as one of the best in Bollywood history. But do you know that the role was originally offered to Anupam Kher and not Amrish Puri? Yes, you read it right!
Anupam Kher recently revealed that he was the first choice to play the role of Mogambo. "In ‘Mr. India', Mogambo's role was offered to me before him but after one or two months, makers of that film replaced me with Amrish Puriji," said Anupam."When you are dropped from a film then generally an actor feels bad, but when I watched 'Mr. India' and saw Amrishji's work as Mogambo then, I thought that makers of the film took the right decision by casting Amrishji in their film," he added.
The legendary actor gave one of his most memorable performances at the age of 55. In total, Puri appeared in more than 200 films in more than a dozen languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil and English. He was born on 22 June 1932 and died on 12 January 2005 after suffering a rare form of blood cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome.
Meanwhile, Anupam Kher is busy promoting his upcoming film One Day: Justice Delivered. The film is slated to hit the screens on July 5. The movie also features Esha Gupta, Zarina Wahab, Kumud Mishra, Zakir Hussain, Rajesh Sharma, Deepshikha and Murali Sharma.