The year 2020 is turning out to be a terrible one for all movie buffs. After the demises of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, it is veteran comedian Jagdeep who has passed away. The man from Madhya Pradesh started off as a child artiste in the industry before he went on to make a name for himself in Bollywood. Fans will remember him best as Soorma Bhopali from the film, Sholay. The character is sealed in the history books of Bollywood. Actors are remembering him as someone who never failed to make them laugh. Ajay Devgan wrote on Twitter, “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.”
Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s blockbuster Sholay (1975). New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him as Salman Khan’s father in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Andaaz Apna Apna (1994). He began his career with BR Chopra’s 1951 film, Afsana that starred Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. He also worked in movies like Ab Dilli Door Nahin, Munna, Aar Paar, Do Bigha Zamin and the AVM-produced Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke. Later on, he would go onto make a mark with films like Bhabhi (1957) and Barkha (1959).
It was Bimal Roy who had seen the potential of Jagdeep as an artiste when he was performing in a film named, Dhobi Doctor. He went on to do a humorous role in Do Bigha Zameen. The veteran had narrated how Bimal Roy wanted him to wear an old shirt for a scene. It seems the production people got a brand new one from Andheri Naka. Roy later rubbed the shirt with a stone to make it look tattared. The comedian was a good story-teller and had many such anecdotes to narrate to his audience.
Jagdeep will be missed by generations. BollywoodLife extends its condolences to his family and friends.