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Anupam Kher has revealed that he almost played iconic villain Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur’s 1987 directorial ‘Mr India’, a role that went to late actor Amrish Puri.

Google on Saturday celebrated Puri’s life and legacy on his 87th birthday.

“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,” Kher said.

“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 Kher.

“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.

Kher is currently busy with his autobiography and says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who directed him in the 1984 film ‘Saaransh’, features prominently in it.

“An extraordinary story of an ordinary man who proves that if you can dream it you can do it! Anupam Kher,” Bhatt had tweeted.

Replying to it, Kher wrote, “Thank you mere pyare [dear] @MaheshNBhatt Saab [sir]. You have played a very important role in my autobiography. #LessonsLifeTaughtMeUnknowingly.”

Talking about his autobiography, Kher tweeted on June 22, “It won’t be an exaggeration if I say I started writing my autobiography at the age of 10. Since then I have lived my ups and downs and also captured them. Time to share my life with you all in a book form. It is ready for you to pre-order it.”