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Veteran Bollywood actor Jagdeep who played ‘Soorma Bhopali’ in Sholay passes away at 81

Veteran actor-comedian Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffri better known by his stage name Jagdeep died on Wednesday at the age of 81 in Mumbai.

The actor passed away at his residence in Bandra at 8:40 pm on July 8 due to health-related issues. He will be laid to rest today at Shia Kabristan in Mumbai. Jagdeep survived with his sons, Bollywood actor Jaaved Jaaferi and Television Producer/Director Naved Jafri, his daughter Muskaan Jafri.

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Jagdeep started his career as a child artist and was seen in movies namely Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar, Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin among many others.
He appeared in around 400 in the 70’s and 80’s and also through 90’s. He is best known for his role as Soorma Bhopali in 1975 film “Sholay” that the audiences’ love even today. He also played remarkable roles in “Purana Mandir” and in “Andaz Apna Apna” as Salman Khan’s father.

The actor’s other popular movies include Teen Bahuraniyan, Khilona, Bidaai, Aaina, Agent Vinod, Qurbani, Shahenshah, China Gate, special appearance in Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Life Partner. His last release was in the year 2012 in the movie Gali Gali Chor Hai.
In 2019, Jagdeep was bestowed with Lifetime Achievement Award at IIFA.

Reacting to the news of Jagdeep’s death, Ajay Devgn tweeted, “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).”

Mourning to his death, Aftab Shivdasani tweeted, “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. Broken heart (sic).”

Director Milap Zaveri wrote, “RIP Jagdeep sir. You will always be remembered as a Legend.”

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