Amitabh Bachchan remembers co-star Jagdeep: We lost another gem


Jagdeep… the actor of exceptional comedic repertoire, passed away. My duas and my prayers,” he added. Jagdeep died on Wednesday at his residence at the age of 81. Bachchan, who worked with the actor in his career-defining run as Soorma Bhopali in Sholay and Shahenshah, said Jagdeep had crafted a “unique individual style” of his own. “Last night we lost another gem. The last of the comic icons in the tradition of seniors Johnny Walker and Mehmood, the actor had a prolific career that lasted beyond 400 films, including Do Bigha Zamin, Aar Paar, Khilona, Teen Bahuraniyan, and many other memorable roles. Bachchan said Jagdeep’s memorable performances brought joy and happiness all around. “A humble human… loved by millions. The 77-year-old actor had a guest appearance in Jagdeep’s 1988 directorial Soorma Bhopali. There were many others at the time that did similar… the eminent and distinguished… Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Jayant – Amjad Khan’s father, a giant of an actor… and many many others…” he added. “Adopting Jagdeep as his film name was such a gracious factor that exhibited the unity in diversity of the country. He took a comedic turn from Shammi Kapoor-starrer Brahmachari and later featured in titles like Purana Mandir, Andaz Apna Apna, Phool Aur Kaante, among others. Also read | Prem Chopra: Jagdeep’s comic timing was impeccable | Jagdeep (1939-2020): Soorma Bhopali lives on | Jagdeep: ‘An actor with impeccable comic timing’ | Jagdeep Dies At 81: A Pictorial Tribute To ‘Soorma Bhopali’
Jagdeep, whose real name was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, started his journey in cinema as a child actor with the 1951 film Afsana and went on to do lead roles in movies like Bhabhi and Barkha. By: PTI | Mumbai |

Published: July 9, 2020 3:05:34 pm

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Remembering veteran actor-comic Jagdeep as a humble human being loved by millions, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday said the Hindi film industry lost “another gem” in his death. “He had crafted a unique individual style of his own… and I had the honour of working with him in several films… the more prominent ones in the eyes of the audience being ‘Sholay’ and ‘Shahenshah’,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.