Veteran actor and comedian Jagdeep passed away at his Bandra residence in Mumbai on Wednesday due to age-related issues. He was 81. Jagdeep will be laid to rest tomorrow at Shia Kabristan in Mumbai. He is survived by sons Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffrey who also made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jaaved is a noted actor and dancer, and along with Naved, he hosted the longrunning and popular dance show, “Boogie Woogie”. The show was created and directed by Naved.
Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s blockbuster “Sholay” (1975). New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him asSalman Khan‘s father in Rajkumar Santoshi’s “Andaaz Apna Apna” (1994).
Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste in BR Chopra’s 1951 release, “Afsana”, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. As a child artiste he also worked in the Raj Kapoor-produced “Ab Dilli Door Nahin”, KA Abbas’s “Munna”, Guru Dutt’s “Aar Paar”, Bimal Roy’s “Do Bigha Zamin” and the AVM-produced “Hum Panchi Ek