Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey (29 March 1939 – 8 July 2020), better known as his stage name Jagdeep, was an Indian film actor and comedian who appeared in more than 400 films. He played Soorma Bhopali in Sholay (1975), Machchar in Purana Mandir (1984), Salman Khan’s dad in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and directed the movie Soorma Bhopali, with his character as the protagonist.
Jagdeep started his film career as a child artist extra in B. R. Chopra’s Afsana, then went on to do films as a child artist in films like Ab Dilli Door Nahin, K. A. Abbas’s Munna, Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar, Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin and AVM’s Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke. After Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke, he received various accolades and high praise for his roles. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru has gifted his personal staff to Jagdeep for his stellar performance in Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke.
He was launched as a leading man by AVM in the films Bhabhi, Barkha and Bindaya, and went on to do a few more films as a leading man. He established himself as a comedian since the movie Brahmachari. Some hit songs are picturised on him like “Paas baitho tabiyat bahal jayegi” from Punarmilan, “In pyar ki rahon mein” from the same film, “Chal ud ja re Panchhi” and “Chali Chali re Patang”, from the superhit movie Bhabhi, where he is paired opposite Nanda, and “Aa Gaye Yaaro Jeene Ke Din” from Phir Wohi Raat.
He is also known for his appearances in many horror movies, especially in projects of the Ramsay Brothers. He appeared in famous hits like Purana Mandir and 3D Saamri. He died on 8th July 2020, following age-related health issues. He was the father of Bollywood actor Jaaved Jaaferi and TV director Naved Jaffrey.
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