Veteran actor-comedian Jagdeep dies at 81

Mumbai, July 8

Veteran actor-comedian Jagdeep, greatest recognized for his function as Soorma Bhopali in “Sholay”, died on Wednesday at his residence. He was 81.

The actor, whose actual identify was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, had not been retaining nicely, producer Mehmood Ali, a household good friend, informed PTI.

“He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well because of age related issues,” Ali mentioned.

The actor can be laid to relaxation at a cemetery in south Mumbai round 11.30 am on Thursday, Ali added.

Jagdeep was the final of the comedian icons alongside seniors Johnny Walker and Mehmood.

He began his cinema journey with the 1951 movie “Afsana”, which marked filmmaker BR Chopra’s directorial debut.

Jagdeep, whose household’s fortunes had declined with the loss of life of his father and the Partition, was keen to assist his mom which led him to the units of “Afsana” after somebody scouted him on the streets.

The function promised him three rupees however the quantity doubled when he was given a dialogue.

The actor saved choosing up massive and small roles in his early profession, impressing administrators like Bimal Roy, who solid him as shoe-shiner Lalu Ustad in his 1953 movie “Do Bigha Zamin”.

From a toddler star, Jagdeep graduated right into a lead star through the years with “Bhabhi” and “Barkha”.

It was Shammi Kapoor-starrer “Brahmachari” in 1968 from the place he began his journey as a comic book icon, whose massive smile and mad facial expressions turned obligatory in movies.

Jagdeep appeared in round 400 movies, however it’s his function as Soorma Bhopali within the 1975 blockbuster “Sholay” that individuals keep in mind even at present.

His dialogue “Hamara naam Soorma Bhopali aise hi nahi hai” turned so well-known that ‘Soorma Bhopali’ turned his second display screen identify.

He additionally went on to star in Ramsay Brothers’ horror movie “Purana Mandir” and in cult comedy “Andaz Apna Apna” as Salman Khan’s father.

Actors Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee, Johnny Lever and director Hansal Mehta took to social media to recollect the legend.

Devgn mentioned he “always enjoyed watching” Jagdeep on display 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,” he added.

“Thank 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!” mentioned Bajpayee.

Lever, an iconic comic himself, remembered his first movie “Ye Rishta Na Toote” wherein he confronted the digicam with Jagdeep.

“We will miss you…May his soul rest in peace. Our prayers & deepest condolences to the family,” he tweeted.

Mehta mentioned the veteran actor will all the time be “cherished and remembered with a broad smile”.

“I hope people get to see a film called ‘Muskurahat’ by Priyadarshan sir to witness his brilliance. It is one of my favourite Jagdeep saahab performances,” the director mentioned.

Jagdeep additionally directed the film “Soorma Bhopali” along with his character because the protagonist.

He is survived by sons – actor Jaaved and producer Naved.

His grandson Meezaan made his debut as an actor with Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced “Malaal” final yr. PTI

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