Veteran actor and comedian Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, known as Jagdeep in Bollywood, has passed away at 81 on Thursday.
Jagdeep is known for his work in films such as Sholay, Andaz Apna Apna, and Purana Mandir.
The deceased actor is the father of actor Javed Jafferi and television host Naved Jafferi.
Born on March 29, 1939, as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He started his career as a child artist in BR Chopra’s 1951 release, Afsana, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena, and Pran.
As a child artist, Jagdeep also worked in the Raj Kapoor’s production Ab Dilli Door Nahin, KA Abbas’s Munna, Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar, Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin and the AVM-produced Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke.
Later, he would make a mark with roles in films such as Bhabhi (1957) and Barkha (1959).
Jagdeep’s got fame with GP Sippy’s 1968 film Brahmachari, starring Shammi Kapoor. The comic role the actor played in the movie was widely appreciated. The actor remarkably essayed the role of the goofy funnyman in many of his films.
Jagdeep’s last film was Masti Nahi Sasti released in 2017. The comedy film also featured Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever, and Prem Chopra.