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Jagdeep (actor) at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards 2010.jpg
Jagdeep at the Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Awards, 2010
Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey

(1939-03-29)March 29, 1939
Died8 July 2020(2020-07-08) (aged 81)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[1]
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1951–2020[2]
Spouse(s)Naseem Begum, Sughra Begum, Nazima
ChildrenSix, including Javed Jaffrey[3]

Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey (29 March 1939 – 8 July 2020[4]), better known by his stage name Jagdeep, was an Indian film actor and comedian who appeared in more than 400 films. He played Soorma Bhopali in Sholay (1975), Machchar in Purana Mandir (1983), Salman Khan's dad in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and directed the movie Soorma Bhopali, with his character as the protagonist.[5]

Jagdeep started his film career as a child artist extra in B. R. Chopra's Afsana, then went on to do films as a child artist in films like Ab Dilli Door Nahin, K. A. Abbas's Munna, Guru Dutt's Aar Paar, Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zamin and AVM's Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke. After Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke, he received various accolades and high praise for his roles. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru has gifted his personal staff to Jagdeep for his stellar performance in Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke.

He was launched as a leading man by AVM in the films Bhabhi, Barkha and Bindaya, and went on to do a few more films as a leading man. He established himself as a comedian since the movie Brahmachari. Some hit songs are picturised on him like "Paas baitho tabiyat bahal jayegi" from Punarmilan, "In pyar ki rahon mein" from the same film, "Chal ud ja re Panchhi" and "Chali Chali re Patang", from the superhit movie Bhabhi, where he is paired opposite Nanda, and "Aa Gaye Yaaro Jeene Ke Din" from Phir Wohi Raat.

He is also known for his appearances in many horror movies, especially in projects of the Ramsay Brothers. He appeared in famous hits like Purana Mandir and 3D Saamri. He died at his home in Mumbai on 8 July 2020, following age-related health issues.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Along with Bollywood actor Jaaved Jaaferi and Television Producer/Director Naved Jafri,[3] Jagdeep has one more daughter (Muskaan Jafri) from his second wife Nazima. Naved and Javed were hosts of the original and trend-setting dance show Boogie Woogie.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
2012 Gali Gali Chor Hai Police constable
2009 Life Partner Fardeen's Client
2007 Bombay To Goa Latif Khekada
2000 Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye Drunkard at the bar (Prem's future as described by his friend Jackie Shroff)
1995 Policewala Gunda Mamu
1998 China Gate Subedar Ramaiyah
1996 Hasina Aur Nagina Paplu
1994 Andaz Apna Apna Bankelal Bhopali
1992 Insaan Bana Shaitan
1991 Phool aur Kaante Sir
1991 Khooni Panja Murlimonohar Nautangki
1988 Shahenshah Seth Jee
1987 Pyar Ki Jeet Nathulal
1986 Baat Ban jaye
1984 Purana Mandir Macchar Singh (Dacoit)
1980 Qurbani Mohammad Ali
1980 Morcha
1980 Phir Wohi Raat Krupachand Reswani
1980 Kali Ghata Cook
1980 Ek Baar Kaho Hanuman Singh
1979 Surakshaa Khabari
1979 Yuvraaj part of King’s staff
1978 Swarg Narak Vinod's friend
1977 Agent Vinod Chandu alias James Bond, agent Vinod's comical side-kick
1977 Aaina Music instructor
1975 Sholay Soorma bhopali a comical wood trader
1974 Bidaai Shankar Lal
1972 Gora Aur Kala Munna Singh / Chunni Singh
1970 Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi[7][circular reference][8] Kanhaiya
1970 Fuddu Mahesh
1970 Khilona Mahesh
1968 Teen Bahuraniyan Mahesh
1967 Naunihal Kavi
1959 Barkhaa
1957 Bhabhi Baldev "billu"
1956 Kismet Ka Khel
1954 Aar Paar Elaichi
1954 Munna Clown boy
1953 Laila Majnu Child / young Kaif (Majnu) mischievous school boy
1951 Afsana Child in theatre play


  1. ^ "Legendary actor Jagdeep passes away at 81". Mumbai Live. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Veteran actor Jagdeep 'Soorma Bhopali' of 'Sholay' passes away". Times of India. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b https://www.mid-day.com/articles/jagdeeps-first-born-dies-a-lonely-death/61226
  4. ^ "Veteran actor Jagdeep, 81, dies in Mumbai". India Tv News. 8 July 2020. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ MumbaiJuly 8, India Today Web Desk; July 9, 2020UPDATED:; Ist, 2020 09:38. "Veteran actor Jagdeep dies at 81 in Mumbai". India Today. Retrieved 9 July 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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