- Yesteryear comedian and well-known veteran character actor in the tinsel world of Bollywood cinema, Jagadeep – famously recalled by his most popular portrayal of a character in the iconic cinema Sholay ‘Soorma Bhopali’ – passed away today in Mumbai. He was 81 years old and the reason for his death is not disclosed yet by the family. Probably age-related health issues. His real name was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri and leaves behind Bollywood actor Jaaved Jaaferi and TV Director/actor Naved Jaffrey.
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- Born in a small indiscreet place named Datia in Madhya Pradesh, Jagadeep’s calling took him to Mumbai to pursue his dreams of making it big in the film world. Starting film career as a child artist in BR Chopra’s film Afsana, he went on to act in few more films as a child artist in noted film Director’s works like KA Abbas, Guru Dutt, and Bimal Roy, just to name a few. One such film titled Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke received various accolades prompting the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru to present him his personal staff.
- Progressing from a child artist on to essaying the main protagonist’s roles were a natural ascendancy and Jagadeep did portray as a leading man in few films that incidentally turned out to be average grosser. A quirk of fate ensured Jagadeep landed with a comedian’s role in the much-acclaimed movie Brahmachari in 1968 and since then, there was no stopping the actor from conquering the field inhabited by hardly few worthy. Jagadeep has acted in over 400 movies spanning a long period of 60 odd years.
- What catapulted the comedian into the big league of the Hindi film industry was his legendary portrayal of Soorma Bhopali in that iconic movie Sholay starring Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan. Typical body language, peculiar eye-movements, distinct demeanor while delivering dialogues with a unique voice modulation characterized Jagadeep’s persona on the silver screen. He became such a huge draw after that one career-altering performance in Sholay ensuring his place in the cinematic annals forever.
- Some noteworthy performances followed in blockbuster movies like Andaz Apna Apna starring Aamir Khan and Salman Khan and Phool Aur Kaante where Ajay Devgan debuted. Jagadeep’s last outing was in 2012. He also dabbled in few successful TV shows in the comedy genre entertaining the audiences with his by now famous antics. An entertainer all through without a doubt. May his soul rest in eternal peace!