86-year old veteran actor, Saeed Jaffrey, passed away on 15 November. The details of his death are yet to be revealed. His niece Shaheen Aggarwal posted about the sad news on her Facebook page. He 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 was a legendary figure, who has given memorable performances 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 used to be a well known personality abroad as he has worked in international soaps like Tandoori Nights, The Far Pavilions and The Jewel in the Crown, as well as in movies like, Gandhi and Passage to India.
Saeed Jaffrey was a multifaceted actor whose flair & versatility will always be remembered. Deepest condolences on his passing away: PM Narendra Modi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 16, 2015
What a Fabulous Actor!! Shatranj ke Khiladi!!! My fav. Saeed Jaffrey film… RIP https://t.co/9TjxOzSJkP
— shaan (@singer_shaan) November 16, 2015
Goodbye dear Sayeed. Started my career with u in Masoom. Cant forget ur kindness n enthusiasm for your art n others. https://t.co/NFlWdNIhl0
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) November 16, 2015
Saddened by the demise of versatile actor #SaeedJaffrey ji. Had a privilege of working with him as a Asst Director. Condolences 2 his family
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) November 16, 2015
The film fraternity is posting and tweeting their condolences for Jaffrey on twitter and facebook.