New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Veteran Bollywood actor and comedian Jagdeep Jaffrey, passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday night. Soon after the news broke out, condolences started pouring on social media platform with celebs remembering the Soorma Bhopali of Sholay.

Mourning his Sholay co-star’s death, Amitabh Bachchan penned a blog expressing grief on the death of the actor and said that the industry has lost another gem.

Recalling the good old times when they worked together, Amitabh wrote, “Last night we lost another gem. Jagdeep, the actor of exceptional comedic repertoire, passed away. He had crafted a unique individual style of his own.. and I had the honour of working with him in several films.. the more prominent ones in the eyes of the audience being Sholay and Shahenshah.”

“He had even requested me to do a small guest role in a film he was producing, which I did. A humble human... loved by millions. My duas and my prayers”, wrote Amitabh.

Amitabh also mentioned Jagdeep's real name and wrote, “Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri.. his real name, adopted Jagdeep as his film name and gave the film fraternity such memorable performances, that brought so much joy and happiness all around.”

“Adopting Jagdeep as his film name was such a gracious factor that exhibited the unity in diversity of the Country .. there were many others at the time that did similar .. the eminent and distinguished .. Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Jayant - Amjad Khan’s Father, a giant of a actor .. and many many others.” wrote the veteran actor.
He concluded by saying, “One by one they all go away .. leaving the Industry bereft and deprived of their immense contribution.” Many other film personalities also expressed grief over Jagdeep's death.

Javed Akhtar remembered him for being not only a comedian but a great actor as well.

He tweeted, "Jagdeep saheb had first appeared on the screen as a winsome child Artiste in films like Do bigha Zameen. As a young man he played highly emotional n dramatic roles in films like Bhabi, patang. Comedy was his second successful inning. Great talent, underused. Goodbye sir ."

Posted By: Tushar Kumar Laleria