Actor Amrish Puri wasn’t first choice for ‘Mogambo’. Here’s who was

Bhubaneswar: ‘Mogambo’ is an indelible antagonist’s character from Hindi cinema and one of the most celebrated works by late Bollywood actor and theatre artiste Amrish Puri. But did you know he was not the first choice for the role?

On the 89th birth anniversary of Amrish Puri today, National Film Archive of India (NFAI) shared a quick fact on its official Twitter profile about Mogambo’s role from the 1987 Bollywood movie ‘Mr. India’.

According to the tweet by NFAI, although ‘Mogambo’ turned out to be one of the most celebrated works of Amrish Puri, actor Anupam Kher was supposed to play the character initially.

Commemorating the late actor by announcing him ‘Face of the Week’, NFAI wrote, “The renowned actor is popularly known for his iconic work playing antagonistic characters. QuickFact: AnupamPKher was supposed to play Mogambo. The role became one of the most memorable in Puri’s filmography.”

Amrish Puri was one of the iconic actors of the Indian film industry. After 38 years of glorious career in the entertainment industry, he died at the age of 72, in 2005. His last onscreen performance was in 2005 movie ‘Kisna: The Warrior Poet’.

 

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