Jagdeep can never be forgotten: Sholay co-star Dharmendra

People like Jagdeep and me need love and we are grateful we are receiving so much love and respect from aam janta (public). I am deeply saddened from within today. “When I started working he was a star, I was a newcomer. May his soul rest his peace and may God give strength to his family,” he said. “He could play any character with ease. He can never be forgotten,” Dharmendra told PTI. He was not only a comedian but a great actor. He reached such great heights in his career all on his own. (Express archive photo)
Veteran actor Dharmendra, who worked with Jagdeep in over a dozen films including Sholay, on Thursday remembered his colleague as a star who made him feel welcome when he was just starting out. Tags:

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Talking about Jagdeep’s one of the most iconic characters Soorma Bhopali from their 1975 film Sholay, Dharmendra said he added “jaan” (soul) in the character. Dharmendra said he and Jagdeep got along well and the two of them saw several ups and downs in their life and rose to stardom through their hard work and dedication. Dharmendra said Jagdeep was a stellar performer, who excelled in both comic and emotional parts. “He had given me old coins…some annas (former Indian currency unit), which he would collect. “I remember those times we spent together while working on films, we would talk about life, struggle, cinema, acting, the process. I am going to cherish them,” he added. I still have them with me. “He will be remembered as Soorma Bhopali because he got the language, the accent, the flavour of the character pitch-perfect.”
Dharmendra said he kept in touch with Jagdeep and the two would often visit each other. He had made a place with his work in everybody’s heart. Jagdeep, 81, died at his residence in suburban Mumbai on Wednesday night. There were films where he did emotional parts so well. But he was a very warm, humble and down to earth person. He was laid to rest at a cemetery in south Mumbai’s Byculla neighbourhood at around 2.30 pm on Thursday in the presence of family members and close friends. “There are a lot of fake people in the industry, they don’t always praise or give due. Also read | Jaaved Jaaferi: My father had a tragic life and out of it came the comedy | Amitabh Bachchan on Jagdeep: We lost another gem |  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’
The 84-year-old star said Jagdeep was a “pure” soul in an industry full of fake people. It is difficult to express my feelings for him. By: PTI | Mumbai |

Published: July 9, 2020 10:14:53 pm

Dharmendra and Jagdeep in the movie Soorma Bhopali. The veterans also worked on films including Zalzala, Soorma Bhopali, Policewala Gunda, Rakhwala, Ishq Par Zor Nahin. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. There are some people, who cannot be forgotten and he is one of them. He could make people laugh and cry.