Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey, who worked in several Bollywood and British films, passed away at the age of 86.

Saeed Jaffrey's niece Shaheen Aggarwal shared the development on her Facebook account. Shaheen wrote, "Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away. Saeed Jaffrey has joined his brothers and sister and is rejoicing in the lap of his Heavenly Father, eternally. The entire Jaffrey Family bids you, "adieu", you beautiful, beautiful man. See you in heaven!"

 

Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away.Saeed Jaffrey has joined his brothers and sister and is rejoicing in...

Posted by Shaheen Aggarwal on Sunday, 15 November 2015

 

More details on Saeed Jaffrey's death are awaited.

One of the most accomplished actors of his time, Jaffrey started his career in All India Radio before moving to America as a Fulbright scholar where he studied drama from The Catholic University of America. He was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the US.

He starred in as many as 100 Hindi films, including acclaimed projects like Satyajit Ray's "Shatranj Ke Khiladi" with Sanjeev Kapoor. He credited Ray for bringing him back to Indian films.

His famous Bollywood outings include "Chashme Buddoor", "Masoom", "Kissi Se Na Kehna", "Mandi", "Mashaal" "Ram Teri Ganga Maili", "Ram Lakhan", "Ajooba" and "Henna" among many others.

Jaffrey's international career saw him working with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Roshan Seth, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough and Daniel Day-Lewis.

His noted international films are "The Man Who Would Be King", "Death on the Nile", "Sphinx", "The Jewel in the Crown", "A Passage to India", "My Beautiful Laundrette", "The Deceivers", "After Midnight", "On Wings of Fire" and "Chicken Tikka Masala".

Jaffrey received a BAFTA nomination for "My Beautiful Laundrette". He is also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama.

He was married to actress and travel writer Mehrunima (Madhur Jaffrey), but they parted ways in 1965. Together they have three daughters Meera, Zia and Sakina, who is also an actress.

(With inputs from agencies)