Madan Puri

Madan Puri (1915 – 13 January 1985) was an Indian actor of Hindi and Punjabi films. His brother was Amrish Puri. As a character actor mainly in negative roles (villain), he acted in about 430 films in a career spanning fifty years.[2]

Madan Puri
Madan Puri in 1949 film Jeet
Born1915
Died13 January 1985 (aged 69)
OccupationActor
Years active1946-1985
Spouse(s)Sheela Devi Puri
Children
  • Pravesh Puri (Son)
  • Lt. Col. Dr. Kamlesh K Puri (Son)
  • Ramnesh Puri (Son)
Parent(s)Nihal Chand Puri
Ved Kaur
Relatives
  • Chaman Lal Puri (Brother)
  • Amrish Puri (Brother)
  • Harish Lal Puri (Brother)
  • Chandrakanta Mehra (Sister)
  • K. L. Saigal (First cousin)[1]

Early life

Madan Lal Puri was born in Rahon, Nawanshahr, British India to Nihal Chand Puri and Ved Kaur. He studied in Rahon. He was the second of five children, with elder brother Chaman Lal Puri, younger brothers Amrish Puri and Harish Lal Puri and younger sister Chandrakanta Mehra.[3]

Career

Puri was one of the doyens of the Indian film industry in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was the first cousin of the singer K. L. Saigal,[1] with whose help he started to make a mark in Bollywood. Once Puri was an established star he did the same for his brother, Amrish Puri, by helping him in establishing himself in the movie world.

Puri had an acting career which spanned over 40 years from the 1940s through to the mid-1980s. He appeared in more than 430 films. His film debut was titled Ahinsa in 1946.[4] Madan made an average of eight films per year, playing villains and negative characters and the hero's or heroine's uncle, father or elder brother, grandfather, police officer and politician. He starred in a number of Punjabi films throughout his career such as Jatti, Jatt Punjabi and so on.

He died in 1985 of a heart attack at the age of 69.[5][6] He was a resident of R P Masani Road in Matunga, Mumbai, also known as Punjabi Galli, with other actors of that era including the Kapoors. Several films were released after his death until 1989 with his final being Santosh.

Personal life

Puri's wife, Sheela Devi Puri (Wadhera), died a few years after him. He is survived by three sons. Pravesh Puri, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kamlesh K. Puri and Ramesh Puri. His son Kamlesh has published a book about the life and times of Madan Puri titled My Father, the Villain.

Selected filmography

  1. Ahinsa (1946)
  2. Sona (1948)
  3. Vidya (1948) .... Harilal (Harry)
  4. Dil Ki Duniya (1949)
  5. Jeet (1949) .... Ratan
  6. Namoona (1949) .... (as Madanpuri)
  7. Singaar (1949)
  8. Anmol Ratan (1950)
  9. Adaa (1951)
  10. Deewana (1952)
  11. Goonj (1952)
  12. Raag Rang (1952)
  13. Munna (1954)
  14. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1954)
  15. Bhagwat Mahima (1955)
  16. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955)
  17. Aabroo (1956)
  18. Heer (1956)
  19. Baarish (1957)
  20. Ek Saal (1957)
  21. Mirza Sahiba (1957) .... Shamir
  22. Nau Do Gyarah (1957) .... Radhey
  23. Dilli Ka Thug (1958)
  24. Howrah Bridge (1958) .... John Chang
  25. Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala (1958)
  26. Taqdeer (1958)
  27. Trolley Driver (1958)
  28. Insan Jaag Utha (1959) .... Mohan Singh
  29. Kanhaiya (1959) .... Mano
  30. Nai Raahen (1959)
  31. Chaudhary Karnail Singh (1960) .... Boota Singh
  32. Jaali Note (1960)
  33. Kala Bazar (1960) .... Ganesh
  34. Kiklee (1960)
  35. Singapore (1960) .... Chang
  36. Pyaar Ka Saagar (1961)
  37. Tel Malish Boot Polish (1961)
  38. Bees Saal Baad (1962) .... Dr. Pandey
  39. China Town (1962)
  40. Rakhi (1962) .... Mr. Choudhury Bhagwandas
  41. Gehra Daag (1963)
  42. Godaan (1963)
  43. Shikari (1963)
  44. Sunheri Nagin (1963)
  45. Ek Raaz (1963) .... Chunilal
  46. Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964) .... Ratanlal
  47. Cha Cha Cha (1964)
  48. Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) .... Shyamlal
  49. Kohraa (1964)
  50. Mr. X in Bombay (1964)
  51. Ziddi (1964) .... Moti
  52. Gumnaam (1965) .... Dr. Acharya
  53. Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965)
  54. Neela Aakash (1965)
  55. Shaheed (1965) .... Jailor
  56. Waqt (1965) .... Balbir
  57. Love in Tokyo (1966) .... Asha's uncle
  58. Main Wohi Hoon (1966) .... Jagdish
  59. Phool Aur Patthar (1966) .... Boss (as Madanpuri)
  60. Sawan Ki Ghata (1966)
  61. Thakur Jarnail Singh (1966)
  62. Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1966)
  63. Aag (1967) .... Kallu Singh
  64. Aamne Samne (1967)
  65. Baharon Ke Sapne (1967) .... Ranjeet
  66. Gunehgar (1967)
  67. Hamraaz (1967) .... Captain (Rajesh's friend)
  68. Johar in Bombay (1967) .... Gopal
  69. Shagird (1967)
  70. Upkar (1967) .... Charan Das (as Madanpuri)
  71. Aankhen (1968) .... Captain
  72. Duniya (1968)
  73. Hai Mera Dil (1968)
  74. Humsaya (1968)
  75. Juaari (1968)
  76. Ittefaq (1969) .... Public Prosecutor Khanna
  77. Aradhana (1969) .... Prison Warden
  78. Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969) .... Sabharwal
  79. Pyar Hi Pyar (1969) .... Dindayal
  80. Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) .... Shankar Kumar
  81. Shatranj (1969) .... Comrade Chang
  82. Talash (1969) .... Peter
  83. The Train (1970) .... No.1
  84. Aag Aur Daag (1970)
  85. Bhai Bhai (1970)
  86. Choron Ka Chor (1970)
  87. Devi (1970) (as Madanpuri) .... Joginder
  88. Kati Patang (1970) .... Vshnu Prasad
  89. My Love (1970)
  90. Prem Pujari (1970) .... Chang
  91. Purab Aur Paschim (1970) .... Preeti's dad
  92. Yaadgaar (1970) .... Madan Singh
  93. Amar Prem (1971)
  94. Caravan (1971) .... Mithalal Tota
  95. Ek Paheli (1971) .... Shankarlal
  96. Elaan (1971) .... Mr. Verma
  97. Guddi (1971) .... Lambhardara
  98. Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) .... Ratanlal
  99. Hulchul (1971) .... Mahesh Jetley
  100. Lakhon Mein Ek (1971) .... Jaggu
  101. Nadaan (1971) .... Manghu
  102. Paras (1971) .... Thakur Prithvi Singh
  103. Rakhwala (1971)
  104. Ramu Ustad (1971)
  105. Woh Din Yaad Karo (1971)
  106. Apna Desh (1972) .... Satyanarayan
  107. Apradh (1972) .... German Doctor
  108. Dastaan (1972)
  109. Double Cross (1972) .... Maganbhai
  110. Gora Aur Kala (1972) .... Raja Zohravar Singh (Anuradha's Father)
  111. Haar Jeet (1972)
  112. Janwar Aur Insaan (1972)
  113. Samadhi (1972)
  114. Sazaa (1972)
  115. Shehzada (1972) .... Chanda's maternal uncle
  116. Shor (1972) .... Factory owner (Guest Appearance)
  117. Wafaa (1972) .... Zamindar
  118. Sanjog (1972) .... Shiv Dayal (Asha's Father)
  119. Joshila (1973)
  120. Loafer (1973)
  121. Dhund (1973) .... Inspector Joshi
  122. Bada Kabutar (1973) .... Ghaffoor
  123. Bandhe Haath (1973) .... Shyamu's mentor
  124. Black Mail (1973/I) .... Dr. Khurana
  125. Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) .... K.C. Khanna
  126. Dharma (1973) .... Mangal Singh
  127. Gaddar (1973)
  128. Nafrat (1973)
  129. Naya Nasha (1973)
  130. Anuraag (1973) .... Amirchand
  131. Majboor (1974) .... Mahipat Rai
  132. Benaam (1974) .... Gopal
  133. Ajanabee (1974) .... Mr. M.M. Puri
  134. Jab Andhera Hota Hai (1974)
  135. Chor Machaye Shor (1974) .... Seth Jamunadas
  136. Bidaai (1974) -- Dharam Das
  137. Manoranjan (1974) .... Police Inspector
  138. Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974) .... Jagmohan
  139. Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974) .... Nekiram
  140. Zehreela Insaan (1974)
  141. Dharmatma (1975)
  142. Zameer (1975) .... Daku Maan Singh
  143. Dafaa 302: Indian Penal Code Section 302 (Section of Murder) (1975) .... Inspector General of Police
  144. Deewaar (1975) .... Samant (as Madanpuri)
  145. Geet Gaata Chal (1975) .... Sohan Singh
  146. Ponga Pandit (1975) .... Shambhu Nath
  147. Rafoo Chakkar (1975) .... Prakash
  148. Raftaar (1975) .... Rita's dad
  149. Saazish (1975)
  150. Warrant (1975) .... Prof. Ashok Verma
  151. Fakira (1976) .... Chiman Lal
  152. Mehbooba (1976) .... Sardar
  153. Bhanwar (1976) .... John D'Souza / Johny
  154. Aaj Ka Ye Ghar (1976) .... Sajjan's Father-in-law
  155. Aap Beati (1976)
  156. Bairaag (1976)
  157. Daaj (1976)
  158. Kalicharan (1976) .... Jaagir Singh
  159. Khalifa (1976)
  160. Aaina (1977) .... M.B. Patil
  161. Chakkar Pe Chakkar (1977)
  162. Darinda (1977)
  163. Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye (1977)
  164. Kasum Khoon Ki (1977)
  165. Paapi (1977) .... Harnamdas (Aasha's father)
  166. Ram Bharose (1977)
  167. Shirdi Ke Sai Baba (1977) .... Ranbir Singh
  168. Vishwasghaat (1977) .... Uday's dad
  169. Ghar (1978) .... Vikas' Father
  170. Aahuti (1978) .... Heeralal
  171. Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978) .... Mr. Mathur (Arun's dad)
  172. Chor Ho To Aisa (1978) .... Chinaramu "Ramu"
  173. Heeralaal Pannalaal (1978)
  174. Naya Daur (1978)
  175. Swarg Narak (1978) .... Lala Lalchand
  176. Vishwanath (1978) .... Pukhraj
  177. Raadha Aur Seeta (1979)
  178. The Great Gambler (1979) .... Ratan Das
  179. Gautam Govinda (1979) .... Bagha
  180. Aur Kaun? (1979)
  181. Jaan-e-Bahaar (1979) .... Ajit's maternal uncle
  182. Jaani Dushman (1979) .... Blind Vaidji (Reshma's dad)
  183. Jatt Punjabi (1979)
  184. Muqabla (1979)
  185. Noorie (1979) .... Lala Karamchand
  186. Aap To Aise Na The (1980)
  187. Humkadam (1980) .... Hari Harprasad
  188. Alibaba Aur 40 Chor (1980) .... Fatima's dad
  189. Abdullah (1980) .... Military Commander
  190. Bandish (1980/I)
  191. The Burning Train (1980) .... Ashok's dad
  192. Ek Baar Kaho (1980) .... Dr. Puri (Rajni's father)
  193. Ek Gunah Aur Sahi (1980)
  194. Judaai (1980) .... Dubey/Mamaji
  195. Patita (1980)
  196. Swayamvara (1980) .... Makhanlal
  197. Yeh Kaisa Insaaf (1980)
  198. Khuda Kasam (1981) .... Kishanlal (Guest Appearance)
  199. Prem Geet (1981) .... Mr. Bhardwaj
  200. Dahshat (1981) .... Sameer's Father
  201. Itni Si Baat (1981) .... Darbarilal (as Madanpuri)
  202. Mangalsutra (1981)
  203. Kranti (1981) .... Sher Singh
  204. Nakhuda (1981) .... Jagannath Gupta
  205. Poonam (1981)
  206. Pyaasa Sawan (1981) .... Prabhudas
  207. Sharada (1981) .... Mr. Kohli (Anita's dad & Inder's boss)
  208. Haathkadi (1982) .... Harimohan's boss
  209. Apradhi Kaun? (1982) .... Rai Bahadur Din Dayal
  210. Badle Ki Aag (1982) .... Mohanlal Verma (uncredited)
  211. Dulha Bikta Hai (1982) .... Seema's dad
  212. Ghazab (1982) .... Jatha Shankar
  213. Pyaas (1982)
  214. Sawaal (1982) .... Govindram
  215. Vidhaata (1982) .... Khushiram Khusal Singh (K.K.)
  216. Agar Tum Na Hote (1983) .... Shakur Ahmed
  217. Sweekar Kiya Maine (1983)
  218. Bade Dil Wala (1983) .... Makhanlal
  219. Nastik (1983) .... Police Inspector Ganga Ram
  220. Andha Kanoon (1983) .... Jailor Gupta
  221. Avtaar (1983) .... Seth Jugal Kishore (Guest Appearance)
  222. Dharti Aakash (1983) (TV) .... Jagdish
  223. Hero (1983/II) .... Bharat
  224. Humse Na Jeeta Koi (1983) .... Girdhari
  225. Main Awara Hoon (1983)
  226. Mazdoor (1983) .... Daulatram (Hiralal's Manager)
  227. Naukar Biwi Ka (1983) .... Movie Director
  228. Painter Babu (1983) .... Mali Kaka
  229. Woh Jo Hasina (1983)
  230. Lorie (1984) .... Mr. Kapoor (Father of 12 kids)
  231. Baazi (1984)
  232. Asha Jyoti (1984) .... Seth Badri Prasad
  233. Mashaal (1984) .... Tolaram
  234. Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar (1984) .... Makhanlal Kesri
  235. Awaaz (1984) .... Mirchandani
  236. Khazana (1984)
  237. Raaj Tilak (1984) .... Ranjeet
  238. Waqt Ki Pukar (1984) .... Subedhar
  239. Yaadon Ki Zanjeer (1984)
  240. Cheekh (1985) .... Thakur
  241. Babu (1985) .... Shambhu Nath
  242. Jhoothi (1985) .... Professor Puri
  243. Bepanaah (1985)
  244. Yodh (1985) .... Dayal
  245. Jawaab (1985) .... Lakhani
  246. Lavaa (1985)
  247. Maujaan Dubai Diyaan (1985)
  248. Ulta Seedha (1985) .... Colonel Khurana
  249. Yaadon Ki Kasam (1985) .... Bishambarnath Kapoor
  250. Khel Mohabbat Ka (1986) .... Rehman Khan
  251. Madadgar (1987)
  252. Vishaal (1987) .... Laawaris
  253. Santosh (1989) .... Kaka

References

  1. Nevile, Pran (2011). K. L. Saigal: The Definitive Biography. Penguin UK.
  2. "Madan Puri". bollywood501.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. Joshi, Sumit. Bollywood Through Ages.
  4. Rishi, Tilak (2012). Bless You Bollywood!: A Tribute to Hindi Cinema on Completing 100 Years. Trafford Publishing.
  5. Bhatt, S.C. (2005). Land and People of Indian States and Union Territories.
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