Last week, veteran Bollywood actor Jagdeep passed away at the age of 81 in Mumbai. Born as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafrin in Amritsar, the late actor is known for his several roles on the big screen. The most renowned character of his was Soorma Bhopali from the super hit movie Sholay.
Jagdeep left for heavenly abode on June 8, 2020, and the entertainment fraternity bid him an emotional adieu. Condolences flooded on social media platforms for the late actor’s surviving family. Jagdeep is survived by his three sons- Javed Jaffery, Naved Jaffery, and Hussein Jeffery. One of Jagdeep’s grandchildren- Meezan Jeffery made his debut in Bollywood last year.
Now, Javed Jaffery has penned down a heartfelt note for his late father and expressed his gratitude to all the love he received. He took to Twitter, Javed shared the long note and expressed that his father earned so much love and respect in 70 years of his career in Bollywood.
Not just this, in his note, Jaaved mentioned how late actor Jagdeep went through his share of trials but never stopped entertaining others. He mentioned that he witnessed his father turning from a child actor to the main lead to an impeccable on-screen comedian and that in his case, the word legend is appropriately justified.
Javed wrote, “From the most natural child actor I have witnessed in Hindi cinema to a sensitive leading man, to the craziest improv comedian with impeccable timing in latter years, he never failed to entertain and amaze.”
In addition, he shared the actors and directors with whom his father worked were all praises for him. He also shared that the veteran star taught him a lot of things about poverty, work dedication and more in life.
Javed added, “A father who taught me the values of life, the lessons of poverty, the importance of dedication and the finesse of craft, with innumerable stories of positivity and inspiration. Always smiling, with words of encouragement for all, and reminding me that true success is gauged by what one ‘is’ and not what one ‘has’, and by ‘what’ one knows and not ‘who’ one knows.”
Javed concluded the note and shared that his father loved his mom, and Cinema and quoted a saying of his mother. He wrote, “I would like to end with his favourite couplet which his Maa quoted under dire straits and which he constantly used as a reminder – Woh manzil kya, jo aasaani se teh ho; Woh raahi kya, jo thak kar baith jaaye.”
He ended the note by remembering Jagdeep’s most-loved character Soorma Bhopali. Javed wrote, “To the man I called ‘papa’ and who the world knew by his various avatars, SALAAM !!! Aapka naam Sooorma Bhopali ayysaee naee tha !!”
The late actor has starred in several movies like- Andaz Apna Apna, Rishtey, Manna, Aar Paar, Do Bigha Zamin, Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke, A Dilli Door Nahin, and more. His last outing was in Masti Nahi Sasti helmed by Ali Abbas Chaudhary.
Jagdeep’s last rites were performed at Shia Kabristan, Mazgaon in Mumbai. During the last rites, his family was present.