Veteran actor Jagdeep dies at 81 in Mumbai

Veteran actor and Bollywood’s favourite comedian Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, better known by his stage name, Jagdeep, breathed his last today in Mumbai. He was 81.

Jagdeep passed away at his residence at 8:40 pm on July 8 due to age-related issues.

Jagdeep will be laid to rest tomorrow at Shia Kabristan in Mumbai.

Jagdeep had been a part of several big Bollywood films through the 70s and the 80s and even through the 90s. He has been a part of more than 400 films in his career. He was known for his impeccable comic timing and electric screen presence.

He played the role of Soorma Bhopali in Sholay (1975), and went on to direct a film of the same name, Soorma Bhopali in 1988. He also played the titular role in the film. Apart from that, he was seen in films like Andaz Apna Apna, Brahmachari, Naagin, to name a few.

Jagdeep was born on March 29, 1939. He is survived by his sons Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffrey.

Reacting to the news of Jagdeep’s death, Ajay Devgn tweeted, “Heard the sad news of Jagdeep Saab’s demise. Always enjoyed watching him on screen. He brought so much joy to the audience. My deepest condolences to Jaaved and all members of the family. Prayers for Jagdeep Saab’s soul (sic).”

Vishal Dadlani wrote, “#Jagdeep Sa’ab is forever. I was 2 when I first saw #Sholay and even at that age his character left an unforgettable impression. Love and strength to the entire family, especially my brothers @jaavedjaaferi @NavedJafri_BOO @MeezaanJ (sic).”

Mourning Jagdeep’s death, Aftab Shivdasani tweeted, “RIP Jagdeep sahab. May your soul find its peace.. Heartfelt condolences to @jaavedjaaferi @NavedJafri_BOO and the entire family for this huge loss. Love and prayers. Broken heart (sic).”

Sharing a picture of Jagdeep, Johny Lever wrote, “My first film & the first time I ever faced the camera, was in the film #yehrishtanatoote with the legend himself #Jagdeep bhai. We will miss you…May his soul rest in peace Our prayers & deepest condolences to the family (sic).”

Jagdeep will always be fondly remembered by his fans for the laughs that he gave us.

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