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Veteran Bollywood Actor Saeed Jaffrey, Star Of Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Dies At 86

Published on 16 November, 2015 at 2:40 pm By

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 .


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She wrote:

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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.


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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.


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