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!"
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)
As news of Saeed Jaffrey's demise broke, condolences started pouring in on Twitter.
Narendra Modi (tweeted by Office of the Prime Minister of India): Saeed Jaffrey was a multifaceted actor whose flair & versatility will always be remembered. Deepest condolences on his passing away: PM
Mamata Banerjee: Saddened at the passing away of veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey. End of an era. Condolences to his family and friends
Shivraj Singh Chouhan: Sad demise of versatile actor Saeed Jaffrey is a big loss to film industry. For decades, he enthralled us with his class apart acting. #RIP
Rishi Kapoor: R I P. My friend, my colleague of several films- Syd Jeffries alias Sayeed Jaffri to the world, leaves us. Cheers to you!
Raveena Tandon: Sad news of the passing away of senior actor Saeed Jaffrey...did films where he played my dad, warm, witty, jovial, Sir you will be missed RIP
Manisha Koirala: Great actor passed away today..RIP Saeed Jaffrey
Madhur Bhandarkar: Saddened by the demise of versatile actor #SaeedJaffrey ji. Had a privilege of working with him as a Asst Director. Condolences 2 his family
Shekhar Kapur: Goodbye dear Sayeed. Started my career with u in Masoom. Cant forget ur kindness n enthusiasm for your art n others."
Nimrat Kaur: Never met Mr. Saeed Jaffrey outside of all the amazing men he brought alive on screen...a class actor. Heavens are in great company today..
Shruti Seth: Rest in peace
Shaan: "What a Fabulous Actor!! Shatranj ke Khiladi!!! My fav. Saeed Jaffrey film... RIP"
Alok Nath: Rest in eternal peace Jaffery Sahib...I will always cherish the pleasurable times we spent shooting together.
Vivek Agnihotri: RIP sahab. Gandhi to Chashme Baddoor, you showed your range and jest for life.
Manoj Bajpayee: RIP
Daler Mehndi: Sad to hear about the demise of #phenomenal #veteran actor #SaeedJaffrey. May his soul #RestInPeace . #RabRakha
Shilpa Rao: RIP #SayeedJaffery...You will always be Chashm-e-baddoor for us
Anubhav Sinha: RIP Saeed Jaffrey
Kiku Sharda: What an enormously prolific person , abundantly talented. RIP Sir.
Ashoke Pandit: Sad to hear about the demise of a great actor & a superb human being. A great loss to the #FilmIndustry. RIP.
Pitobash: RIP Saeed Jaffrey Sir! You will be missed