Mumbai: Veteran actor Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, famously known by his stage title Jagdeep passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday. Jagdeep moreover featured as Machchar in Purana Mandir (1984) and as Salman Khan’s father in Andaz Apna Apna (1994). He had moreover helmed a movie named Soorma Bhopali featuring himself in the main role. In his career of more than six decades, Jagdeep acted in over 400 movies and played a hit Hindi movies counting 1975 blockbuster Sholay in which he played the character of Soorma Bhopali.

He began his career as a child artist and was seen in movies namely Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar, Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin among numerous others. Jagdeep’s other well-known movies include Teen  Bahuraniyan, Khilona, Bidaai, Aaina, Operator Vinod, Qurbani, Shahenshah, China Gate, special appearance in Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Life Partner.  His performance in 1957 film Murmur Panchhi Ek Daal Ke, in which Jagdeep played the part of Laloo Ustad, won the National Award for Best Children’s Film and also impressed India’s First Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The late Pandit Nehru gifted his personal staff to Jagdeep as a signal to appreciate his performance in the film.

Ajay Devgn also paid condolences and said, “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”.

In 2019, Jagdeep was bestowed with Lifetime Achievement Award at IIFA. He was given the award by Ranveer Singh whereas his entire family counting Javed, Naved and Meezaan stayed beside him during the honours. Grieving the downfall of the experienced veteran artist, many Bollywood celebrities including Javed Jaaferi paid their tribute.

The last Hindi film he featured in was 2012 release Gali Gali Chor Hai in which he played the role of a police constable. The other films that the audience will forever love him for include names like Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (1970), Sholay (1975), Aaina (1977), Qurbani (1980), Purana Mandir (1984), Shahenshah (1988), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), and China Gate (1998).

He is survived by his two sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri. He will live forever with us. May his soul rest in peace. We express gratitude and deep condolences to the bereaved family.