Legendary actor Jagdeep passes away at 81
Best known for playing Soorma Bhopali in Sholay, Jagdeep had appeared in around 400 movies in his career
Veteran Bollywood actor Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, better known by his stage name Jagdeep, passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday. He was 81. The actor died at his residence due to age-related issues.
Jagdeep is best remembered for his appearance as Soorma Bhopali in Sholay (1975). He had also appeared in films like Purana Mandir (1984), Shahenshah (1998) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994). Jagdeep had started out as a child artist in B. R. Chopra’s Afsana, also appearing in K. A. Abbas’ Munna, Guru Dutt's Aar Paar and Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zamin. In 1988, he directed the Sholay spin-off Soorma Bhopali, based on his own iconic character. His last role was in the 2017 comedy Masti Nahi Sasti.
Jagdeep is the father of Bollywood actor Jaaved Jafferi and television director Naved Jaffery. His last rites will be performed tomorrow in Mumbai.