Jagdeep passes away at the age of 81


MUMBAI: Veteran actor-comedian Jagdeep, best known for his role as Soorma Bhopali in “Sholay”, died on Wednesday at his residence. He was 81. The actor, real name Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, was not keeping well.

“He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well due to age related issues,” producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend, said.


Jagdeep appeared in around 400 films but it is his role as Soorma Bhopali in 1975 film “Sholay” that is etched in audiences” minds even today. He also played memorable roles in “Purana Mandir” and in “Andaz Apna Apna” as Salman Khan”s father.

Better known by his stage name Jagdeep, the actor also directed the movie “Soorma Bhopali” with his character as the protagonist.

According to a family source, the comic icon – father of Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffery – had not been well due to several age related issues.

The icon’s repertoire includes over 400 films but many remember him as Soorma Bhoali in 1975’s classic Sholay. After all who can forget his lines like “Mera naam Soorma Bhopali aise hi nahi hai.”

Speaking to media, Javed Jaffrey – who followed the footsteps of his father and joined the industry – shared, “My father was a child when he was looking for a job after Partition. When someone asked him if he wanted to work in films, he said all he needed was a job. He was chosen from the streets to star in a film as a child actor. He was destined to be in the industry, it was fate.”

Fellow comics, actors and other members of the fraternity took to social media to express their sorrow at Jagdeep’s passing and honoured his memory.