Jagdeep aka Soorma Bhopali death

Actor Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri better known by his stage name Jagdeep has passed away. The veteran actor breathed his last around 8:30 pm today. He was 81.

Jagdeep has more than 400 films to his credit and he is popularly known for playing the role of Soorma Bhopali in ‘Sholay’.


Producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend of the late actor’s family, told PTI, “He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well due to age-related issues.” 

Jagdeep had started his film career as a child artist in  B. R. Chopra’s ‘Afsana’ and later went on to become one of the most popular comedian-actor of the 70s and 80s.


Along with the iconic film ‘Sholay’, Jagdeep also featured in films like ‘Purana Mandir’, ‘Shahensha’ and ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ to name a few. He has even directed the film ‘Soorma Bhopali’ in which he also played the titular role. He also featured in Guru Dutt’s ‘Aar Paar’ and Bimal Roy’s ‘Do Bigha Zamin’.

The veteran actor is survived by his two sons Jaaved and Naved Jaaferi. His grandson Meezaan J made his Bollywood debut last year.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to Jagdeep’s family and friends.

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