Bollywood comedian Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed alias Jagdeep Jaffrey, who starred in dozens of super hit Bollywood films, has died at the age of 81. Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed alias Jagdeep Jafari started his career as a child artist and he showed the essence of acting in films for more than 70 years. Jagdeep Jaffrey was born in United India in 1939 and started acting before the Partition of India. Although Jagdeep Jafari has acted in more than 400 films, as the lead actor he could barely act in 2 dozen films.
Although Jagdeep Jaffrey also played romantic and action roles, he gained fame due to his comedian roles and his greatest fame came from his role as Soorma Bhopali in the 1975 blockbuster film Sholay. The film is also considered to be the most successful film in the history of Bollywood and the same film also made actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan and Amjad Khan famous.
After the success of the same film, Jagdeep Jaffrey also appeared in the lead role in a separate film called Soorma Bhopali in 1988. The said film was made on the role of Jagdeep Jeffery of Sholay. Jagdeep Jaffrey has worked with almost all the big Bollywood stars and in his famous films Khilona, Gora or Kala, Sholay, Aina, Agent Vinod, Yuvraj, Sarkasha, Aik Bar Kaho, Phir Wohi Raat, Ik Baat Kaho, Qurbani, Kali Ghatta, Purana Mandir, Shahenshah, Phool or Kanty, Andaz Apna Apna, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Bombay to Goa, Life Partner and Gali Gali Chor Hai.
Jagdeep Jafari has had two marriages and from both marriages, he has had four children. Comedian Javed Jafari and producer Nadeem Jafari are also his sons. Several Bollywood personalities have expressed grief over the actor's death, calling it a great loss to the industry. Many actors on social media, while acknowledging Jagdeep Jaffrey's film services, called him a legend and said that he always encouraged new actors. It may be recalled that Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan had also passed away a few days before Jagdeep Jaffrey, before him young actor Sushant Singh had committed suicide.
Before Sushant Singh, musician Wajid Khan also died due to kidney disease, before him legend actor Rishi Kapoor also died due to cancer. Before Rishi Kapoor, well-known actor Irfan Khan also died of cancer.