Veteran actor and Bollywood’s favourite comedian Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, better known by his stage name, Jagdeep, breathed his last today in Mumbai. He was 81.Jagdeep passed away at his residence at 8:40 pm on July 8 due to age-related issues.Jagdeep will be laid to rest tomorrow at Shia Kabristan in Mumbai.Jagdeep had been a part of several big Bollywood films through the 70s and the 80s and even through the 90s.
He played the role of Soorma Bhopali in Sholay (1975), and went on to direct a film of the same name, Soorma Bhopali in 1988. He also played the titular role in the film. Apart from that, he was seen in films like Andaz Apna Apna, Brahmachari, Naagin, to name a few.Jagdeep was born on March 29, 1939. He is survived by his sons Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffrey.He has been a part of more than 400 films in his career. He was known for his impeccable comic timing and electric screen presence.
A close friend of the family said the actor, real name Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, was not keeping well. “He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra.Bollywood da eh sal bhot hi mara ja reha hai te dekho hun kisdi mautt ho ghi aa eh video ch te eh video nu kro share vad to vad.He was not keeping well due to age related issues,” producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend, told PTI.