Saeed Jaffrey was an Indian-born British actor, who appeared on radio, stage, television and films. The actor breathed his last on 15th November; he was 86. The actor was suffering from age-related ailments.
He started his career in Delhi, in the mid-50s with All-India Radio. Apart from movies and plays, Saeed starred in television show - Gangsters (1975-1978), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985-1987) and Little Napoleons (1994).
The actor also appeared in Minder as Mr Mukerjee in Series 1 episode The Bengal Tiger, and on Coronation Street as Ravi Desai.
Saeed is one of the few actors who found fame and success in both India and the West. He has done numerous British, American and Indian movies. He was considered Britain's highest-profile Asian actor, during 1980s and 1990s. The Man Who Would Be King, Shatranj Ke Khiladi and Gandhis are some of the movies in his credit lists.
The actor was married to Madhur Jaffrey, who is an Indian-born actress, food & travel writer, and television personality, but later parted ways in 1966.
The news of his death was announced by his niece Shaheen Agarwal, who wrote on Facebook, "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."
As soon as the news of Saeed Jaffrey's demise was announced, TV stars took to twitter to express their grief. Here are some of the tweets...
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actress Hina Khan wrote, "Very sad to know about Mr saeed jafferys sad demise.. May his soul rest in peace🙏 (Ameen)."
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor and Hina's co-star, Karan Mehra tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the demise of versatile actor #SaeedJaffrey. You'll be missed. #RIP."
Swaragini's Namish Taneja tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the demise of an actor par excellence #SaeedJaffrey ..You'll be missed..RIP."
Check out other tweets in the slides...
Jaaved Jaaferi (Jaffrey)-Aamir Ali’s Tweets
Co-founder and judge of India's first dance reality show Boogie Woogie, Jaaved Jaaferi (Javed Jaffrey): To all concerned..Saeed Jaffrey was not my father nor relative.. But I knew him and loved his work and am saddened.. God Bless his soul.
Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls' actor Aamir Ali: "If work has no intention it's not work at all, it's an empty motion" - RIP Saeed Jaffrey
Anupam Kher and Raveena Tandon’s Tweets
Judge of The Anupam Kher show, Anupam Kher
"Landed in London. Extremely saddened to Know about the sad demise of Mr. Saeed Jaffrey. A very cultured, sophisticated & a great actor. RIP."
Judge of Simply Baatien With Raveena - Raveena Tandon
"sad news of the passing away of senior actor Saeed Jaffrey...did films where he played my dad,warm,witty,jovial,Sir u will be missed RIP."
Shaan & Vir Sanghvi’s Tweets
Singer & Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Judge Shaan
"What a Fabulous Actor!! Shatranj ke Khiladi!!! My fav. Saeed Jaffrey film... RIP."
TV anchor Vir Sanghvi
"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."
Siddhartha Basu & Shekhar Kapur’s Tweets
Television producer-director, Siddhartha wrote, "You'll live on in your roles, #SaeedJaffrey, an exemplar of fine tehzeeb & subtle performance, like the aristocrat of Shatranj ke Khiladi."
TV serial Khandan actor, film director & producer Shekhar Kapur wrote, "Remembering #SaeedJaffrey in Masoom. He and Naseer were having so much fun shooting this song 'Huzoor Is Kadar .. '"
Madhur Bhandarkar's Tweet
TV serial Special @10 producer, Madhur Bhandarkar, who also worked with the veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey wrote, "Saddened by the demise of versatile actor #SaeedJaffrey ji. Had a privilege of working with him as a Asst Director. Condolences 2 his family."