Mumbai: Bollywood celebrities including Shekhar Kapur, Rishi Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar today condoled the death of veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey, who passed away at the age of 86.
Jaffrey appeared in several Bollywood as well as British movies and was known for his roles in movies like “Gandhi”, “Shatranj Ke Khiladi”, “Henna”, “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”, “Dil”, “The Man Who Would Be King”, “A Passage to India” among others.
Kapur, who worked with the actor in his directorial debut “Masoom”, posted on Twitter, “Goodbye dear Sayeed. Started my career with you in Masoom. Cant forget your kindness and enthusiasm for your art and others.”
Jaffrey’s friend and “Henna” co-star Rishi also paid tribute to him on Twitter.
“R I P. My friend, my colleague of several films- Syd Jeffries alias Saeed Jaffery to the world, leaves us. Cheers to you!” he wrote.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said, “Sad to hear about the demise of a great actor & a superb human being. A great loss to the #FilmIndustry. RIP.”
“Million Dollar Arm” actor Pitobash wrote, “RIP Saeed Jaffrey Sir! You will be missed…”
Bhandarkar remembered his stint as an assistant director to him in a film.
“Saddened by the demise of versatile actor #SaeedJaffrey ji. Had a privilege of working with him as a Asst Director. Condolences to his family.”
“What a Fabulous Actor!! Shatranj ke Khiladi!!! My fav. Saeed Jaffrey film… RIP,” singer Shaan wrote.
Jaffrey’s international career saw him working with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Roshan Seth, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough and Daniel Day-Lew.
He was also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama.
“The Lunchbox” actress Nimrat Kaur tweeted, “Never met Mr Saeed Jaffrey outside of all the amazing men he brought alive on screen…A class actor. Heavens are in great company today…
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