‘Thank you for laughter and smiles’; Bollywood remembers Jagdeep

Mumbai, July 9

Actor Jagdeep’s ‘Sholay’ co-stars Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra had been among the many business individuals to pay fond tributes to the veteran artiste whose distinctive fashion of comedy made him well-known throughout generations.

Bachchan stated Jagdeep, the Soorma Bhopali to his Jai and Dharmendra’s Veeru in ‘Sholay’, was an actor with “exceptional comedic repertoire”.

Jagdeep died on Wednesday at his residence. He was 81.

Bachchan stated he labored with Jagdeep in lots of movies, however individuals greatest remembered their efficiency in ‘Sholay’ and ‘Shahenshah’, the place the actor performed the humorous man Seth Jee.

“He had crafted a unique individual style of his own and I had the honour of working with him in several films, the more prominent ones in the eyes of the audience being ‘Sholay’ and ‘Shahenshah’. He had even requested me to do a small guest role in a film he was producing, which I did,” Bachchan recalled, referring to the film ‘Soorma Bhopali’ which Jagdeep later directed.

Veteran actor Dharmendra stated it was saddening to listen to about Jagdeep’s demise.

“I am very, very sad. I have worked with him on quite a few films. He was not just a comedian but a talented actor. An actor like him cannot be forgotten,” Dharmendra advised PTI.

Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar, who co-wrote ‘Sholay’ with Salim Khan and primarily based the character on somebody he knew in Bhopal, stated Jagdeep gave life to the half, making it iconic.

“He labored arduous on the Bhopali accent and acquired it excellent. His comedian timing was superb,” Akhtar advised PTI.

The veteran screenwriter stated Jagdeep performed “emotionally charged” and dramatic roles when he had began out in movies like ‘Bhabhi’ (1957) and ‘Patang’ in 1960, however wasn’t given many alternatives within the style.

“Comedy was his second successful innings…but I rue the fact that he wasn’t given an opportunity to do more emotional and dramatic roles too. Great talent sadly underused. Goodbye Sir,” he wrote on Twitter.

The final of the comedian icons within the custom of seniors Johnny Walker and Mehmood, the actor had a prolific profession that began when he was simply six.

Jagdeep, whose actual identify was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, started his journey in cinema with the 1951 movie ‘Afsana’, which marked filmmaker BR Chopra’s directorial debut.

He saved selecting up massive and small roles with directing greats like KA Abbas in ‘Munna’, Guru Dutt in ‘Aar Paar; and Bimal Roy in ‘Do Bigha Zamin’.

He graduated to a lead star through the years with ‘Bhabhi’ and ‘Barkha’, but it surely was Shammi Kapoor-starrer ‘Brahmachari’ in 1968 that began him on his journey as a comic, whose comedian timing, massive smile, distinctive voice and facial expressions made his presence necessary in movies thereafter.

Screenwriter Rumi Jaffery, who directed Jagdeep in comedies ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ (2012) and ‘Life Partner’ (2009), stated his relationship with the actor was past work.

“He was like family to me. Before coming to Mumbai from Bhopal, I had stayed at his house for a few days. He was warm and loving. He had the image of a comedian onscreen but in real life he was a serious, thoughtful man. He was a respected person,” Jaffery stated.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt took to Twitter to recollect the “outstanding actor”. “He was a ‘rainbow’ in our sky! Filled our life with laughter. Goodbye sir,” Bhatt wrote.

Shilpa Shetty, who not too long ago labored with Jagdeep’s grandson Meezaan in ‘Hungama 2’, recalled her collaboration with the actor within the 2002 drama ‘Rishtey’.

“Extremely saddened by the news of Jagdeep ji’s demise. I had the good fortune to share screen space with him in ‘Rishtey’, such wonderful comic timing, in his inimitable style and an even more wonderful human being,” Shetty tweeted.

Madhuri Dixit Nene stated the actor’s on-screen presence would stay “unmatched”.

“He was a gentle soul and he told us lovely stories of the black and white era. Thank you for the decades of laughter and entertainment. My heartfelt condolences to Jaaved and your family,” Madhuri, who labored together with his son Jaaved Jaaferi within the thriller ‘100 Days’, wrote.

Abhishek Bachchan thanked the actor for “filling our lives with smiles”.

Ashutosh Gowariker stated Jagdeep’s dialogue “Paise? Aise kaise paise maang rahe ho!” from ‘Sholay’ is one thing that he makes use of even right now. “King of comedian timing and voice modulation! RIP Sir! Deepest condolences to Javed-Naved & fam! @jaavedjaaferi @NavedJafri_BOO,” the filmmaker tweeted.

Anil Kapoor stated Jagdeep was one of many biggest actors within the nation. “I was his huge fan & was lucky enough to have worked with him in ‘Ek Baar Kaho’ & many more films… he was always extremely supportive & encouraging…sending my heartfelt condolences & prayers to my friend Javed & family,” Kapoor added.

Bollywood personalities, together with Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee, Ayushmaan Khurrana, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever and Hansal Mehta, additionally took to social media to pay tributes to the good artiste who made everybody snicker together with his roles. PTI

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