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Jagdeep: ‘An actor with impeccable comic timing’

Celebrities mourn the demise of Bollywood actor Jagdeep, who was best known for playing Soorma Bhopali in the cult film Sholay.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2020 6:55:50 pm
Jagdeep Jagdeep passed away on July 8. (Express archive photo)

Bollywood actor Jagdeep passed away on Wednesday, following age-related health problems. He was 81.

Hindi cinema fans will always remember Jagdeep for playing Soorma Bhopali in the cult film Sholay. He played a timber merchant in the Ramesh Sippy directorial and his catchphrase “Mera naam Soorma Bhopali aise hi nahi hai”, much like other dialogues of the film, became a hit.

Jagdeep entered the film industry as a child artiste and was seen in films like Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin, KA Abbas’ Munna and Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar. He proceeded to act in movies for almost six decades.

In fact, Jagdeep also took the director’s chair in 1988. He directed a film titled Soorma Bhopali, which was based on his own character from Sholay. He also played the central role here.

Jagdeep was also seen in popular films like Feroze Khan starrer Qurbani and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Shehenshah. In the 90s, he found a new audience as he played the role of Salman Khan’s father in the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna. He played the character of Bankelal in the Rajkumar Santoshi directorial.

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Celebrities across India pay tribute to Bollywood actor Jagdeep.

18:55 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Jaaved Jaaferi remembers his father Jagdeep

Jaaved Jaaferi told indianexpress.com, "My father loved what he did on screen. But he had a very tragic life, and out of that tragedy came the comedy. He would talk to us about what he went through in life."

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18:27 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Jaaved Jaaferi, Naved Jafri and Meezaan thanked everyone for their condolences

"Thank you so much. There are a lot of people who have sent us messages but we couldn't reply to everyone. Whosoever is watching this, we thank you for your blessings and love. Our father gave 70 years to the industry and got a lot of love and respect. That love is being reflected today, as we can see. We are not going on the internet as we are not in that frame of mind. On behalf of our father, who gave his 70 years, please, if you could say a small prayer for him. That will be a lot for us," Jaaved said.

16:13 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Sanjay Dutt pays tribute

Sanjay Dutt tweeted, "Saddened to hear about the demise of Jagdeep Sahab. His work has entertained generations... I remember how watching his films brought a smile to our faces. May his soul rest in peace and my deepest condolences to his family."

15:42 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Thank you for the wonderful and ever lasting memories and laughter'

Suniel Shetty tweeted, "Thank you for the wonderful and ever lasting memories and laughter... #RIPJagdeepSahab. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family White heart."

15:09 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'A legendary actor who brought smiles on everyone's face with his amazing acting'

A tweet from PVR Cinemas read, "A legendary actor who brought smiles on everyone's face with his amazing acting. We will miss you, #Jagdeep Sahab."

14:51 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'A fabulous human being full of life & joy'

Malayalam filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan tweeted, "Actor, comedian par excellence #Jagdeep no more. Prayers are with his family. May #Allah give them the strength to withstand this great loss. I was fortunate to know him and interact with him - a fabulous human being full of life & joy.
@jaavedjaaferi @NavedJafri_BOO."

14:36 (IST)09 Jul 2020
Mouni Roy pays last respects

Mouni Roy wrote, "Rest in peace and greatness sir."

14:25 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Jagdeep Ji always brought so much joy and laughter to the screen'

Soha Ali Khan shared on Instagram, "#Jagdeep Ji always brought so much joy and laughter to the screen. He will be missed greatly. My heartfelt condolences to the family. May they have the strength and support they need to make it through this difficult time."

14:02 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'An actor par excellence'

A tweet from Zee Studios' official handle read, "An actor par excellence, his legacy will live on through all his iconic roles over the decades. RIP Jagdeep Ji."

13:49 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Soorma Bhopali’s no more'

Screenwriter Aniruddha Guha wrote on Twitter, "Soorma Bhopali’s no more. An absolute legend. RIP, Jagdeep."

13:33 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Shock after shock'

Dharmendra tweeted, "....tum bhi chale gaye ....sadme ke baad sadma..... Jannat naseeb ho .....tumhein."

13:21 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Always made us smile'

John Abraham tweeted, "Always made us smile. Rest In Peace. #Jagdeep."

13:08 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'It hurts more when a comedian passes away'

Musician Ankur Téwari tweeted, "They make you laugh, smile and hurt a little less. Maybe that’s why it hurts more when a comedian passes away. Rest in peace sir. Sending love and light to you and the family @jaavedjaaferi #Jagdeep."

12:53 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'A great actor and a noble soul'

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Jagdeep ji was a great actor and a noble soul. His passing away is a great loss. God bless his soul. Heartfelt condolences @jaavedjaaferi."

12:42 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'His many performances will stay with us forever'

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot tweeted, "Saddened to learn about the passing away of legendary comedian & actor Jagdeep Jafri ji. His many performances including those in Sholay & Soorma Bhopali will stay with us forever. My condolences to the family, loved ones, and fans. May his soul find peace."

12:29 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Thank you for all the entertainment'

Randeep Hooda shared on Twitter, "Rest in peace #Jagdeep saab .. thank you for all the entertainment."

12:14 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'A true entertainer'

Yami Gautam wrote, "Innumerable memories of laughing at those same scenes over & over again and now forever.. a true entertainer... We thank you..May your soul rest in peace, Jagdeep Sir."

12:01 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Legendary actor'

Sidharth Malhotra wrote, "Saddened to hear about Jagdeep Sahab's demise. A Hindi cinemas legendary actor, who’s made us laugh on so many occasion... thank you Sir, you will be in our memories forever. My condolences with his family."

11:50 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'King of comic timing'

Ashutosh Gowariker tweeted, "“Paise? Aise kaise paise maang rahe ho!” #Jagdeep ji’s THIS line from Sholay, is one of his many, that I use even today, in his inimitable style! King of COMIC TIMING & VOICE MODULATION! RIP Sir! Man bowing deeply. Deepest condolences to Javed-Naved & fam!"

11:35 (IST)09 Jul 2020
'Thanks for the memories'

Kubbra Sait shared on Instagram, "Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. Thanks for the memories you are leaving behind.Condolences to the Family."

In a career spanning decades, Jagdeep appeared in over 400 movies. And while he was mostly known for his comedic roles, not many know that he also played the leading man in movies such as Bhabhi, Barkha, Bindaya among more. He was also known for featuring in cult Ramsay Brothers' horror flicks like Purana Mandir and 3D Saamri.

Jagdeep was last seen in the 2012 film Gali Gali Chor Hai, where he essayed the role of a police constable.

Jagdeep had six children from his three marriages to Naseem Begum, Sughra Begum and Nazima. His two sons, Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri, are also a part of the Hindi film and television industry. Both Jaaved and Naved famously hosted (and later judged) the popular dance reality show Boogie Woogie.

A pictorial tribute to Jagdeep

Speaking about his legendary father in an earlier interview with PTI, Jaaved had said, "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."

Adding that he himself never took his father's name to get a job in showbiz, Jaaved said, "I have never used that (my father’s name) as an influence to enter the industry. It is not that I got work because of him. My father did not do a film for me or launched me, he wanted us to do things on our own."

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Jagdeep's grandson Meezan, who made his Bollywood debut with the Sanjay Leela Bhansali production venture Malaal, had earlier said in an interview that Jagdeep was full of life; “He is so much like how you see him on screen -- fun, energetic and positive. I had a lot of conversations about the film industry with my grandfather, who would tell me stories, his experiences of film shoots more than my father did."

The veteran actor's funeral will take place in a South Mumbai cemetery on Thursday.