Madan Puri's peer was Pran
who he acted with in his youth as noted in this excerpt
from a "The Hindu" article about Pran. "..For
an actor who began his career playing ``Sita'' during Ramlilas
in Simla opposite Madan Puri who played Ram..."
(link to article at bottom of page) Apparently Madan had
the acting bug even as a child.
The two thespians, Pran and Madan have been a part of
Hindi cinema through it's many incarnations, mythologicals
of the 40s, the classic period of the 50s, social dramas,
family dramas, the romantic period of the 60s, hippie films,
the art films of parallel cinema, the angry young man phase,
and action films of the 80s. When watching a Bollywood film
from the 60s or 70s one can often see both Madan and Pran
acting opposite each other.
Madan Puri's younger brother is the Bollywood actor,
Amrish Puri who is noted as a popular villain. Amrish followed
his elder brother in the acting trade late in life when
he was in his 40s.