The veteran actor passed away on Thursday due to some age-related issue, leaving everyone in deep shock. Jagdeep Jaafrey was someone who came up from scratch and built a life for himself with sheer hard work. Many a time, the comedy his father enacted on screen emerged from the tragedy he faced in real life. In an interview, his son Jaaved Jaafrey revealed, “My father loved what he did on screen. But he had a very tragic life, and out of that tragedy came the comedy. He would talk to us about what he went through in life.” Jaaved Jaaferi further shared how his father’s perseverance through the most difficult times was his biggest inspiration.
Jagdeep Jaafrey entered films as a child artiste and went on to cement his position as one of Bollywood’s leading comic actors. He started his career with Afsana (1951). He went on to appear in a few more films in the capacity of a child artist, like Laila Majnu (1959), where he played the young Majnu. After that film, one after the other, roles came Jagdeep Jaffrey’s way and there was no looking back. His work in films like Do Bigha Zameen, Aar Paar, Brahmachari and Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke remain eternal and memorable. The actor was mentored by directors like Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, K Asif, V Shantaram, and Mehboob Khan.
He was also a part of several Ramsay Brothers’ horror movies including Purana Mandir and Saamri. But it was his portrayal of Soorma Bhopali in the cult classic Sholay that stuck with him over the decades. He went on to make a career out of comedic roles in popular films like Feroz Khan’s 1980 action film Qurbani, Tinnu Anand’s 1988 vigilante movie Shahenshah, and Rajkumar Santoshi’s 1994 cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna.
Wedding Affair wishes that the veteran actor rests in peace.
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