Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey, who starred in several Bollywood and international films, has died at the age of 86. His niece broke out this tragic news through a Facebook post .
Jaffrey starred in acclaimed films like Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khiladi, for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and Sai Paranjpye’s Chashme Baddoor.
He was also a well-known actor abroad, having appeared in several international movies including Gandhi and A Passage To India as well as on the TV shows Tandoori Nights, The Far Pavilions and The Jewel In The Crown.
His co-stars include Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan.
Saeed Jaffrey was the first Indian actor to tour Shakespeare, taking his company across the United States. He had also won the Filmfare Award for the film, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, in the Best Supporting Actor category.
Saeed Jaffrey was born in Malerkotla, Punjab and studied at Aligarh Muslim University, the Wynberg Allen School and Allahabad University. He started his career on stage, setting up a theatre company of his own in New Delhi. He later went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art or RADA in London.
Saeed Jaffrey was the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire or OBE.
He was married to actress-author Madhur Jaffrey, with whom he had three children. His daughter Sakina is a well-known actress. He and Madhur Jaffrey divorced in 1965. Later, Saeed married the casting director Jennifer Sorrell in 1980, and remained married to her until his death.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other prominent personalities tweeted to express their sorrow on the death of Jaffrey.
Saeed Jaffrey was a multifaceted actor whose flair & versatility will always be remembered. Deepest condolences on his passing away: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 16, 2015
Indian Actor Saeed Jaffrey of ‘Shatranj Ka Khiladi’ fame is no more. Great man will be missed by millions. pic.twitter.com/y7GiTxWl7x
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) November 16, 2015
What a Fabulous Actor!! Shatranj ke Khiladi!!! My fav. Saeed Jaffrey film… RIP https://t.co/9TjxOzSJkP
— shaan (@singer_shaan) November 16, 2015
Sad to hear about the passing of Saeed Jaffrey, a great guy and a versatile actor,as much at home with Ray or US TV schlock or masala movies
— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) November 16, 2015
Saddened at the passing on of Saeed JAFFREY. He was an outstanding actor and a fine gentleman. RIP.
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) November 16, 2015
Saddened at the passing away of veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey. End of an era. Condolences to his family and friends
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 16, 2015