Indian-born British actor Saeed Jaffrey, who has to his credits films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Gandhi (1982), Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Masoom (1983), breathed his last on Sunday (November 15). Jaffrey’s niece Shaheen Aggarwal shared the news on Facebook.
The post, which quotes an interview of Saeed from The Independent, reads, “Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away. Saeed Jaffrey has joined his brothers and sister and is rejoicing in the lap of his Heavenly Father, eternally. This is an excerpt from an interview with my uncle, that captures the essence of the man. … And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a little look, Into the man, my uncle, and the most ebullient of us all – Saeed Jaffrey. The entire Jaffrey Family bids you, “adieu”, you beautiful, beautiful man. See you in heaven! (sic)”
Jaffrey, who was born in Malerkotla in Punjab, has starred in several Indian and British films. The actor had won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1978 for his portrayal of Mir Roshan Ali in Shatranj Ke Khiladi. In addition to his illustrious film career, Jaffrey had appeared on the popular TV show Tandoori Nights (1985-87) too.
Saeed Jaffrey is the first Indian to have received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama.