Legendary Bollywood actor Jagdeep left for the heavenly abode today. He was 81 years old. A veteran of many films with such iconic characters like Soorma Bhopali from Sholay, Salman Khan’s father in Andaz Apna Apna and several others, Jagdeep was a noted and acclaimed comedian.
Jagdeep’s original name was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri and had started his film career as a child artist extra in BR Chopra's Afsana. He followed it up as a child artist in films like Ab Dilli Door Nahin, KA Abbas's Munna, Guru Dutt's Aar Paar, Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zamin and AVM's Hum Panchi Ek Dal 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. However, he found his true calling and popularity as a comedian since the film Brahmachari.
Jagdeep is survived by his sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri and grandson Meezaan Jaaferi.