Veteran Bollywood actor Jagdeep passed away at his Mumbai residence at 8:40 pm on Wednesday due to age related issues. He was 81.
Born Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, the actor-comedian was best known for playing
Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer Sholay. His catchphrase in the film “Mera naam Soorma Bhopali went on to become one of the most iconic dialogues of Bollywood. He is also remembered for his performance in Andaz Apna Apna, in which he had played Salman Khan’s father Bankelal.
Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste and was seen in films like Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin, KA Abbas’ Munna and Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar. In a career spanning over six decades, he acted in over 400 films and featured in movies like Ramsay Brothers’ Purana Mandir, Qurbani, Naagin, Brahmachari and Shehenshah. He had also directed a film titled Soorma Bhopali, a spin-off of his own character, and had played the lead role in it.
He is survived by his sons Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffrey. We at MovieTalkies offer our condolences to his family.
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