Veteran comedian Jagdeep passes away at 81.. Image Source: IANS News

July 09 : Soorma Bhopali of Indian cinema, veteran actor Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri aka Jagdeep has passed away at the age of 81, yesterday.

Bollywood fraternity extended their condolences on yet another loss in the past few months.

Actor Ajay Devgn wrote, "Heard the sad news of Jagdeep Saabs demise. Always enjoyed watching him on screen. He brought so much joy to the audience. My deepest condolences to Jaaved and all members of the family. Prayers for Jagdeep Saabs soul."

Anil Kapoor - Jagdeep Saab was one of the greatest actors of India...I was his huge fan & was lucky enough to have worked with him in Ek Baar Kaho & many more films...he was always extremely supportive & encouraging...sending my heartfelt condolences & prayers to my friend Javed & family...

Film Director Madhur Bhandarkar wrote, Sad to hear demise of the Veteran Actor Jagdeep Sir who entertained us for 7 Decades. My heartfelt condolences to Javed, Naved and the entire Jafri Family & Admirers .RIP"

Jagdeep entered the film industry as a child artiste and was seen in films like Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin, KA Abbas’ Munna and Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar. He proceeded to act in movies for almost six decades.

In fact, Jagdeep also took the director’s chair in 1988. He directed a film titled Soorma Bhopali, which was based on his own character from Sholay. He also played the central role here.

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