Bollywood's beloved 'Soorma Bhopali' Jagdeep dies at 81
The actor was unwell with age-related issues, sources close to the family said. He will be laid to rest at a cemetery in south Mumbai around 11.30 am on Thursday.
Veteran Bollywood actor Jagdeep passed away on Wednesday at his residence in Mumbai. He was 81.
Born Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri (1939), the late actor has appeared in over 400 Bollywood films. However, film connoisseurs say that it was his role as Soorma Bhopali with the signature paan stained lips and an impish grin in Sholay (1975) that made him a household name in the late 1970s.
Producer Mehmood Ali, a family friend, told PTI that the actor had not been keeping well for sometime now. “He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well because of age related issues," Ali said.
The actor made his debut in the 1951 film Afsana, which was also incidentally the debut film of renowned filmmaker BR Chopra.
"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," the actor’s son, actor- dancer Jaaved Jaaferi had told PTI in a recent interview.
The last Hindi film he featured in was Gali Gali Chor Hai (2012) in which he played a police constable. The other films that he starred in include Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (1970), Sholay (1975), Aaina (1977), Qurbani (1980), Purana Mandir (1984), Shahenshah (1988) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994).
Condolences for the veteran actor flew in from all quarters.
Heard the sad news of Jagdeep Saab’s demise. Always enjoyed watching him on screen. He brought so much joy to the audience. My deepest condolences to Jaaved and all members of the family. Prayers for Jagdeep Saab’s soul????— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 8, 2020
Thank you #Jagdeep sahab for enriching our lives with laughter and happiness that will be cherished for a lifetime. Rest In peace Sir. Deepest Condolences to the family, friends and millions of his fans(just like me). pic.twitter.com/jyrKFHq9Hw— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 9, 2020
One comedian to another comedian ✉️ I love @jaavedjaaferi , @NavedJafri_BOO because of U #Jagdeep sir ???? I love lots of movie because of U Jagdeep sir ???? but I don't like आप हमे ऐसे केसे छोड़ के चले गए #SoormaBhopali, ???? U devoted whole life to hindi cinema— Sanjay Mishra (@imsanjaimishra) July 8, 2020
You are #Kaamyaab ????️ pic.twitter.com/KS3Twiw2Cx
My first film & the first time I ever faced the camera, was in the film #yehrishtanatoote with the legend himself #Jagdeep bhai. We will miss you...May his soul rest in peace ???????? Our prayers & deepest condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/uhBjYSZdVe— Johny Lever (@iamjohnylever) July 8, 2020
The actor will be laid to rest at a cemetery in south Mumbai around 11.30 am on Thursday.