Anupam Kher Reveals Mogambo’s Role was Offered to him Before Amrish Puri

Anupam Kher Reveals Mogambo’s Role was Offered to him Before Amrish Puri

Anupam Kher has revealed that he was the first choice to play the role of Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's 1987 directorial ‘Mr. India’. He shared Amrish Puri was a great friend of his
Anupam Kher Reveals Mogambo’s Role was Offered to him Before Amrish Puri
Anupam Kher, Photo Credit, Millenium Post

Late Bollywood legend Amrish Puri was recently honoured by Google on what would have been his 87th birthday. The tech giant paid tribute to the veteran artist with a doodle art work on Saturday. Following this, actor Anupam Kher has revealed that he was the first choice to play the role of Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's 1987 directorial ‘Mr. India’. "Amrish Puriji was a really good friend of mine. It feels really sad to talk about your friends who are no more in this world. He was a remarkable actor,” said Kher, during the promotions of his upcoming film, ‘One Day: Justice Delivered’.


Making the shocking revelation, Anupam stated, “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 Puri ji.”

Besides Mogambo, Amrish gained popularity for his character of Chaudhry Baldev Singh in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.’

"When you are dropped from a film then generally an actor feels bad, but when I watched ‘Mr. India' and saw Amrish ji's work as Mogambo then, I thought that makers of the film took the right decision by casting him in their film," mentioned Anupam.

Appearing more than 200 films in over half a dozen languages —including Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, and English — Puri is considered one of the best villains in the history of Bollywood. The legendary actor gave one of his most memorable performances at the age of 55. Playing Mogambo in the 1987 cult classic, Puri’s deep-voiced delivery of the dialogue, “Mogambo khush hua” is still widely used by film fans today. Born in Punjab on this day in 1932, he made it big into Hollywood with his role in the Oscar-winning movie, ‘Gandhi’. He also acted in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones’ and the ‘Temple of Doom’.

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