London/New Delhi, Nov 17: Saeed Jaffrey, one of the best-known faces of British-Indian cinema and television, died at the age of 86, his family said.
The Indian-born British actor appeared in the biopic “Gandhi” as well as many Bollywood films and British television productions.
Among his screen credits in a career spanning more than 50 years, were roles in director John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King” and Indian director Satyajit Ray’s “The Chess Players”, as well as the BBC television series and the film versions of “A Passage to India”.
Other roles included parts on the long-running British soap opera “Coronation Street” as well as starring roles in the British series “Tandoori Nights” and “Little Napoleons”.
Jaffrey was born on Jan 8, 1929 into a Muslim family in Malerkotta, Punjab, and started his acting career by setting up his own theatre company in New Delhi.
His death was announced on Sunday by his niece, Shaheen Aggarwal, in a posting on Facebook in which she said: “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.”
B`Town pays tribute to Saeed Jaffrey
Bollywood celebs paid their tribute to the veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey, who passed away on November 14 after suffering from a brain haemorrhage.
Offering her condolences to the 86-year-old actor’s family, Priyanka Chopra tweeted, “A global icon.. An Actor par excellence with a legacy few can boast of.. RIP #SaeedJaffrey U gave us the courage to explore..” which was followed by her tweet, “My condolences @sakinajaff . I wish you and your family courage…”
Actor Shekhar Kapur tweeted, “Goodbye dear Sayeed. Started my career with u in Masoom. Cant forget ur kindness n enthusiasm for your art n others.”
Meanwhile, Rishi Kapoor shared a picture of Saeed and wrote, “R I P.My friend,my colleague of several films-Syd Jeffries alias Sayeed Jaffri to the world,leaves us.Cheers to you!”
Other celebs including Madhur Bhandarkar, Shaan, Nimrat Kaur and Daler Mehndi also tweeted to mourn the death of the actor, who is survived by his wife Jennifer Jaffrey.
(With Agency Inputs)