Jagdeep, best known for his role as Soorma Bhopali in Sholay, died on Wednesday at his residence. Several B-town celebs took to their Twitter accounts to mourn his death
Jagdeep in a still as Soorma Bhopali from Sholay. Image sourced from mid-day archives
After Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood has lost yet another gem. Veteran actor Jagdeep, best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy's blockbuster Sholay (1975) passed away on Wednesday, July 8. He died owing to age-related health problems at the age of 81.
"He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well due to age related issues", producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend, told PTI.
Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him as Salman Khan's father in Rajkumar Santoshi's Andaaz Apna Apna (1994). Several Bollywood celebrities including Ajay Devgn, Johnny Lever, Anubhav Sinha mourned the loss on social media. They took to their respective Twitter handles to pay their condolences.
"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)", wrote Ajay Devgn.
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 soulðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u008f— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 8, 2020
Actor-comedian Johnny Lever took a dip into memory lane and recalled his first meet with the late actor. He 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)".
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 ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u008fðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u008f½ Our prayers & deepest condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/uhBjYSZdVe— Johny Lever (@iamjohnylever) July 8, 2020
Manoj Bajpayee also paid his condolences to the veteran actor. Here's what he said:
Rest in peace Jagdeep sahab !! ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u008fThank you for all the memories that I have watching your films and performances in my childhood!! You will be missed by us all!! Condolences to the family!!!ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u008fðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u008f— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) July 8, 2020
Thappad director Anubhav Sinha expressed his deepest condolences to the family. He took to his Twitter account and said:
Good Lord. May God rest his soul in peace. https://t.co/AfBC4WhzwN— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) July 8, 2020
Masti actor Aftab Shivdasani also mourned his death. He also prayed to god to give strength to the family.
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. ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0092Âu00c2u0094ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0095¯— Aftab Shivdasani (@AftabShivdasani) July 8, 2020
Tusshar Kapoor wrote, "RIP Jagdeep Saab! Millions of us grew up watching your brilliance on screen! Thank you for the legacy, thank you for the laughs, too (sic)".
RIP Jagdeep Saab! Millions of us grew up watching your brilliance on screen! Thank you for the legacy, thank you for the laughs, too!— Tusshar (@TusshKapoor) July 8, 2020
Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste in BR Chopra's 1951 release, Afsana, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. Later, he would make a mark with roles in films such as Bhabhi (1957) and Barkha (1959). Jagdeep's golden patch would begin with GP Sippy's 1968 film Brahmachari, starring Shammi Kapoor. His comic role in the film was widely appreciated. Through the seventies, eighties and the nineties, he became a familiar face in Hindi films, essaying the goofy funnyman in film after film.
His last-released film was Masti Nahi Sasti in 2017. The Ali Abbas Chaudhary-directed comedy also featured Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Prem Chopra.
The late actor is survived by his children, including sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri, who also made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jaaved is a noted actor and dancer, and along with Naved, he hosted the longrunning and popular dance show, Boogie Woogie. The show was created and directed by Naved.
(With agency inputs)
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