Madan Puri (1915 – 13 January 1985) was an Indian actor of Hindi and Punjabi films. As a character actor mainly in negative roles (villain), he acted in about 430 films in a career spanning fifty years.
Madan Lal Puri was born in Lahore, British India to Sri Nihal Chand Puri and Ved Kaur. He was the second of four children, with elder brother Chaman Lal Puri, younger brothers Amrish Puri and Harish Lal Puri and younger sister Chandrakanta Mehra.
Puri was one of the doyens of the Indian film industry in the late sixties & early seventies. He was the first cousin of the legendary singer K. L. Saigal, with whose help he started to make a mark in Bollywood. Once Puri was an established star he did the same for his brother the late 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 in a film titled Ahinsa in 1946. Madan made an average of eight films per year, playing not only villains and negative characters, but also the hero’s or heroine’s uncle, father or elder brother, grandfather, police officer and politician, He also starred in a number of Punjabi films throughout his career such as Jatti, Jatt Punjabi and so on. ‘Deewar’, ‘Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaye’, ‘Upkaar’, ‘Chor Machaye Shor’, ‘Ankhiyoh Ke Jharokhon se’, ‘Swayamvar’, ‘Jhoothi’, ‘Radha Aur Seeta’, ‘Prem Geet’, ‘Poorab Aur Paschim’, ‘Benaam’, ‘Anurag’, ‘Amar Prem’, ‘Aaradhana’, ‘kati Patang’, ‘Aamne Saamne’, ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’, ‘Bidaai’ are some of his popular films in which he did all types of roles.
He died in 1985 of a heart attack at the age of 69. He was a resident of R P Masani Road in Matunga Mumbai, also known as Punjabi Galli along with several other actors of that era including the Kapoors. Several films were released after his death right until 1989 with his final film being Santosh. He was one of the greatest villains in Bollywood.
His wife, Sheela Devi Puri (Wadhera) passed away a few years later. He is survived by three sons, all of whom are based in Mumbai. His sons are Pravesh Kumar Puri, a retired shipping magnate, Dr. Kamlesh K Puri (also known as Lt. Col. K.K. Puri, a retired army officer) a writer (currently writing a book about Madan Puri and the Indian Film Industry due to be published in early 2016), and Ramnesh Puri, a movie director. He has 5 grand children and 4 great grandchildren. His grandchildren are Kanchan Puri, Sonal Puri, Vikram Puri, Amrit Puri and Ishita Puri. His great grandchildren are Kunal Shetty, Kehan Shetty, Rayan Singh and Reyna Singh.