Sholay’s ‘Soorma Bhopali’ actor Jagdeep passes away


Veteran actor-comedian Jagdeep born as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri on 29 March 1939 dies at the age of 81.

“He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well due to age-related issues,” producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend, told PTI.

Popular for playing ‘Soorma Bhopali’ in Sholay, Jagdeep appeared in more than 400 films. He appeared in films like Purana Mandir (1984), Salman Khan’s dad in Andaz Apna Apna (1994), and directed a movie Soorma Bhopali with this character as the protagonist. Jagdeep, famous for his expression ‘khambha ukhadke’, started his career as a child actor. In his first film, BR Chopra’s Afsana, who got a part because he could say the dialogues in Urdu.

 IIFA honoured him with Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is the father of actor Javed Jafferi and television host Naved.

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