The Indian film actor and comedian, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, better known by his stage name Jagdeep, celebrated his 81st birthday on 29 March this year. Jagdeep who has appeared in more than 400 films, is especially known for his comic roles. Jagdeep is popular for the roles he did in films like Apna Desh (1972), Sholay (1975) Andaz Apna Apna (1994).

Jagdeep Biography

Jagdeep was born on 29 March 1939 to Kaneez Hyder and Syed Yawar Husain Jafri. He was born in Datia in Madhya Pradesh but his home town is Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Jagdeep’s acting debut was as a child artist in Baldev Raj Chopra’s 1951 film Afsana. He was paid INR 3 for his role in the film. His debut as a comedian was in Bimal Roys’s 1954 film Do Bigha Zameen. He made his acting debut in a lead role through Kishore Vyas’ 1957 film Bhabhi. In 1988, he directed the movie Soorma Bhopali, in which he appeared as the protagonist character alongside Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. The title of the film was inspired by the character he played in the 1957 film Sholay.

Jagdeep Top Hits

The 1960 film Barkha directed by Krishnan–Panju duo is one of Jagdeep’s hit films in his early career. He played the lead character of ‘Ajit’ who was imprisoned due to ‘Zamindar Haridas’. The film grossed INR 3.5 million against a budget of 0.5 million. Bhappi Sonie’s 1968 film Brahmachari in which he starred alongside Shammi Kapoor, Rajshree, Pran, Mumtaz, Sachin and Asit Sen was another top hit. Jagdeep played the humorous character of ‘Murali Manohar’ which established him as a comedian in Bollywood. The film won the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Movie’, while Shammi Kapoor received the ‘Best Actor’ Award.

In 1970, Jagdeep appeared in V. Madhusudan Rao’s hit comedy-drama film Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi alongside Sanjay Khan and Leena Chandavarkar. He played the role of ‘Kanhaiya’, son of ‘Bhagmati’ played by Lalita Pawar and brother of ‘Sadhana’, played by Leena Chandavarkar. His appearance in another hit soon followed in 1974 with L.V. Prasad’s musical romance film Bidaai starring Jeetendra, Leena Chandavarkar and Durga Khote. One of the most memorable roles that Jagdeep did in his career is the character of ‘Soorma Bhopali’ in the Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan starrer 1975 hit film Sholay directed by Ramesh Sippy. He initially refused to play the character he played in the film that still fills the audience with smiles and laughter. The scenes and dialogues he had in the film are considered to be some of the best in his career. He was seen in the 1980 hit film Qurbani directed by Feroz Khan and starred by an ensemble cast consisting Feroz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Zeenat Aman, Amjad Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Amrish Puri and Kadar Khan. The film which had Jagdeep in the comic role of ‘Mohammad Ali’ was also a great opportunity to showcase his humour skills. The film grossed a gross revenue of 120 million and was the biggest Indian hit of the year.

The 1984 film Purana Mandir directed by Tulsi Ramsay and Shyam Ramsay duo is his top hit in the 1980s in which he played the humorous role of dacoit Machhar Singh. The Amitabh Bachchan starrer 1988 vigilante action film Shahenshah directed by Tinnu Anand was another top hit that Jagdeep appeared in. The film which had him in the supporting role of Tarachand Baadlani was a huge blockbuster that grossed over 6 crores by its fifth week. In 1994, one of the hit films he appeared in was Rajkumar Santoshi’s Andaz Apna Apna starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal and Shakti Kapoor in the lead roles. The film which is one of the cult comedy films in Bollywood has Jagdeep as ‘Bankelal Bhopali’ who is the father of ‘Prem’ which was played, Salman Khan. Another top hit that Jagadeep appeared in the 1990s was Rajkumar Santoshi’s 1998 adventure action drama film China Gate in which he starred in the humorous character of ‘Subedar Ramaiyah’ along with Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Danny Denzongpa.

Jagdeep Achievements and Awards

Jagdeep received four Filmfare nominations for ‘Best Performance in a Comic Role’ in 1971 for his performance in the film Khilona, in 1972 for the film Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari, in 1973 for the film Bhai Ho To Aisa, and in 1983 for the film Ghazab.

Jagdeep Personal Life

Jagdeep had three wives – Naseem Begam, Sughra Beegum and Nazima. Jagdeep and Naseem had a son Hussein Jaffrey, who passed away recently, and two daughters, Shakira Shafi and Suraiya. Jagdeep and Sughra have two sons Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffrey. Jagdeep and Nazima have a daughter Muskaan. Jagdeep’s favourite actors are Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan.

Jagdeep Images on India Content Website

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