Veteran Actor Jagdeep, ‘Soorma Bhopali’ of Sholay, Passes Away at 81

Actor Jagdeep, whose original name was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, passed away in Mumbai at the age of 81. He is best known for his character Soorma Bhopali in the 1975 film Sholay.

Veteran Bollywood actor Jagdeep passed away in Mumbai. He was 81 years old. Actor Jaaved Jaaferi and television producer Naved Jafri are the children of Jagdeep.

Jagdeep, whose original name was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, started as a child artist in director BR Chopra’s 1951 film Afsana. He then went on to work on more films like Ab Dilli Door Nahin, Munna, Aar Paar and Do Bigha Zamin as a child actor.

Later, he began his professional career as a leading actor in the Hindi film industry with films such as Bhabhi, Barkha, and Bindaya. However, he established himself as a comic actor with the 1968 film Brahmachari that had Shammi Kapoor at the helm. It was just the kind of start I needed.

His big break came in director Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 film Sholay, which made his character Soorma Bhopali memorable. Later, he also directed a movie titled Soorma Bhopali, in which he played the lead role.

Jagdeep was also featured in a couple of horror movies in which his presence was recognized by fans, especially the Ramsay brothers movies like Purana Mandir and Saamri.

Jagdeep worked on over 350 films and was active in films until 2017. His last notable film was Gali Gali Chora Hai in 2012.

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