My father taught me values of life, classes of poverty: Jaaved Jaaferi remembers Jagdeep

Mumbai, July 13

Actor Jaaved Jaaferi has penned a transferring tribute to father Jagdeep, saying the veteran actor, who rose to cinema stardom from  poverty, justified the tag of a legend.

The comedy icon, memorably recognized to folks for his function of ‘Soorma Bhopali’ in “Sholay”, handed away final week on the age of 81.                              

In a notice shared on Twitter, Jaaved stated his father taught them to by no means worth life by materials possessions.

“The word ‘legend’ is thrown around freely these days but in his case it is so amply justified. A father who taught me the values of life, the lessons of poverty, the importance of dedication and the finesse of craft, with innumerable stories of positivity and inspiration,” the actor stated.

“Always smiling, with words of encouragement for all, and reminding me that true success is gauged by what one ‘is’ and not what one ‘has’, and by ‘what’ one knows and not ‘who’ one knows. What a man, what a journey,” he wrote.

Recalling his father’s rising up years, Jaaved stated the star “breathed and lived” motion pictures, from a younger age until his closing moments.

Jagdeep, whose actual identify was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, began his journey in cinema with the 1951 movie “Afsana”, directed by BR Chopra’s directorial debut.

With his father’s dying and the Partition, Jagdeep and his mom had been left to fend for themselves on the streets of Mumbai. As a baby, Jagdeep did varied odd jobs to assist complement the household earnings however future had different plans when the identical streets led him to cinema.

Recalling his father’s battle for survival, Jaaved stated, “It was a head-to-head fight with poverty and survival on the footpath’s of Mumbai. An 8-year-old together with his mom thrown head first into the ocean. It was both sink or swim. So he swam.

“From working in small scale tin factories, to making kites, selling soap, to walking behind a ‘maalishwala’ holding his canister of oil and shouting ‘maalish, tel maalish’. At 10 years of age what destiny choose for him, as the light at the end of the tunnel, was cinema.”        

The 56-year-old actor stated Jagdeep’s father figures and guides within the business had been cinema  stalwarts, together with Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan and Ok Asif.

Jaaved stated Jagdeep’s transition, from the “most natural child actor”, a delicate main man, to the “craziest improv comedian with impeccable timing in later years” was a sworn statement to the icon’s expertise to all the time “entertain and amaze.”       

“People on this nation love their moms and cinema. My father was keen on each. I wish to finish together with his favorite couplet which his Maa quoted underneath dire straits and which he always used as a reminder: ‘Woh manzil kya, jo aasaani se teh ho; Woh raahi kya, jo thak kar baith jaaye.’

“Sadly, life sometimes forces you to rest. Your spirit maybe strong, but your body does not support you. To the man I called ‘papa’ and who the world knew by his various avatars, salaam! You weren’t called ‘Soorma Bhopali’ for no reason,” he stated quoting his father’s favorite dialogue from “Sholay”. —PTI

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