The news of Saeed Jaffrey’s death has bereaved Salman Khan to no end. The superstar had a long association with the veteran actor having worked with him in five films including ‘Jab Pyar Kisi We Hota Hai, Deewana Mastana, Veergati’ and others.
Speaking exclusively to The Indian Express.com, Salman Khan said, “I have had a great association with him. I have known his family too. Such a superb and fantastic individual he was. He died peacefully in his sleep I believe. I will miss him. May his soul rest in peace.”
Salman Khan also said that he would tweet about it later in the day.
Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey, who delighted fans all over the world with his masterful screen presence and performances, passed away. Jaffery, 86, breathed his last yesterday.
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One of the most accomplished actors of his time, Jaffrey started his career in All India Radio before moving to America as a Fulbright scholar where he studied drama from The Catholic University of America. He was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the US, which he left to marry his first wife Madhur Jaffrey.
He starred in as many as 100 Hindi films, including acclaimed projects like Satyajit Ray’s “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” opposite Sanjeev Kapoor. He credited Ray for bringing him back to Indian films.
His famous Bollywood outings include “Chashme Buddoor”, “Masoom”, “Kissi Se Na Kehna”, “Mandi”, “Mashaal” “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”, “Ram Lakhan”, “Ajooba” and “Henna” among many
Jaffrey’s international career saw him working with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Roshan Seth, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough and Daniel Day-Lewis.
His noted international films are “The Man Who Would Be King”, “Death on the Nile”, “Sphinx”, “The Jewel in the Crown”, “A Passage to India”, “My Beautiful Laundrette”, “The Deceivers”, “After Midnight”, “On Wings of Fire” and “Chicken Tikka Masala”.
Jaffrey received a BAFTA nomination for “My Beautiful Laundrette”.
He is also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama. (With PTI inputs)