The humorous laughter of Jagdeep falls silent.
Hindi Cinema’s most talented actor cum comedian Jagdeep passed away on Wednesday, following age-related health problems. He was 81. He will always be remembered for playing Soorma Bhopali in the cult film Sholay.
Jagdeep ( Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey) appeared in more than 400 films. He started as a child artist and went on to do films like Ab Dilli Door Nahin, Munna, Aar Paar, Do Bigah Zameen and more. Apart from performing versatile characters on screen, he also started looking at the films from the director’s chair. He also directed a film Soorma Bhopali ( inspired from his own character from Sholay) with him playing the protagonist.
From playing Salman Khan’s father in Andaz Apna Apna to working in Amitabh Bachchan’s Shahenshah , he has given a barret of hits. Celebrities from the film fraternity are weeping over the loss and praying for the year to be kinder and give no more sad news.Shatrughan Sinha tweeted, “Deepest condolences on the sad demise of veteran actor, comedian par excellence, iconic #Jagdeep. He was a great human being & very down to earth. I was not only his neighbour during my initial years but also bought my first car ‘Austin‘ from him. I had the privilege of working.” Actor Raj Babbar wrote on Twitter, “Deepest Condolences on the demise of Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey Saheb #Jagdeep Ji. Blessed to have walked few steps with this great soul in his 400 films long journey. Always marvelled at his impeccable comic timing & versatility. His place in our hearts is forever. RIP Sir.” This era’s actor Riteish Deshmukh posted on Twitter, “Thank you #Jagdeep sahab for enriching our lives with laughter and happiness that will be cherished for a lifetime. Rest In peace Sir. Deepest Condolences to the family, friends and millions of his fans (just like me).” Anil Kapoor who has worked with him, wrote, “Jagdeep Saab was one of the greatest actors of India…I was his huge fan & was lucky enough to have worked with him in Ek Baar Kaho & many more films…he was always extremely supportive & encouraging…sending my heartfelt condolences & prayers to my friend Javed & family…”
We will always remember him as the epitome of talent and the laughter he has given us. His last appearance at IIFA 2019 for lifetime achievement will be imprinted in our hearts. We pay condolences to his sons from the film industry – the Bollywood actor Jaaved Jaaferi ,TV director Naved Jaffrey and the family. May they find strength.