Veteran actor-comedian Jagdeep passed away yesterday. The 81-year-old actor succumbed to old age and prolonged illnesses. Known for his act as Soorma Bhopali in Bollywood’s iconic film Sholay, the actor played several parts in films that became memorable for their comic timing. Born as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, the actor was revered by one and all in Bollywood and as the news broke out several celebs took to social media to send condolences to the family of the deceased during the pandemic. The Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog and wrote, “Last night we lost another gem. Jagdeep, the actor of exceptional comedic repertoire, passed away. He had crafted a unique individual style of his own.. and I had the honour of working with him in several films.. the more prominent ones in the eyes of the audience being Sholay and Shahenshah. He had even requested me to do a small guest role in a film he was producing, which I did. A humble human… loved by millions. My duas and my prayers.”
He added, “Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri.. his real name , adopted Jagdeep as his film name and gave the film fraternity such memorable performances, that brought so much joy and happiness all around. Adopting Jagdeep as his film name was such a gracious factor that exhibited the unity in diversity of the Country .. there were many others at the time that did similar .. the eminent and distinguished .. Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Meena Kumari , Jayant – Amjad Khan’s Father, a giant of a actor .. and many many others.”
Big B concluded by saying, “One by one they all go away .. leaving the Industry bereft and deprived of their immense contribution.”
Not just Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt too took to Twitter to express his thoughts on hearing about the same, he wrote, “ Saddened to hear about the demise of Jagdeep Sahab. His work has entertained generations… I remember how watching his films brought a smile to our faces. May his soul rest in peace and my deepest condolences to his family.” Our heartfelt condolences are with the Jaffrey family.