Actors of hindi cinema: Comedian Jagdeep had a special style. The beholder stopped as soon as he saw the look on his face. Starting as a child artist, Jagdeep has come a long way in Hindi films. Created his own identity.
Popular comedy actors: Today when actors do a number of films, imagine how this actor must have worked in 400 films. Film lovers remember him as Soorma Bhopali. His name was Jagdeep. In the history of cinema, Jagdeep’s name is included in the best comedy actors like Johnny Walker and Mehmood. His real name was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri. Javed Jaffrey, who appears in films these days, is his son.
Jagdeep’s father was wealthy and there was no shortage in the house. But the partition of the country and the death of his father took away everything from his family. His mother started raising him by cooking food in an orphanage. Jagdeep was six or seven years old when he went to director B.R. to act as extras in the film. Reached the sets of Chopra’s debut film Afsana. The director wanted a boy who could speak a dialogue in difficult Urdu. Jagdeep spoke the dialogue and he got six rupees instead of three. After this, he got small and big roles in films. KA You can see him in Abbas’s Munna, Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar and Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zameen.
Gradually Jagdeep started getting big roles and got recognition from the film Bhabhi (1957). But in the same year another miracle happened. South’s banner AVM’s film Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke was also released. This children’s film got the National Award. During the film’s show in Madras, the then Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was so impressed with Jagdeep’s performance that he took off the watch worn in his hand and gave it to him as a reward.
The turning point of Jagdeep’s career, who played different characters, came in 1968. When Shammi Kapoor starrer Brahmachari deposited him as a comedian and then he remained the same identity till the end. After the sky-rocketing success of the film Sholay in 1975, his name went on everyone’s tongue, Soorma Bhopali. Seeing him, people started calling him by this name. Jagdeep got type cast in comedy. He also made a film named Soorma Bhopali and made people laugh a lot with his best performances. However, he continued to look for different roles. He also acted in Gujarati, Punjabi, Marwari and Bhojpuri films. You can also see Jagdeep in Ramsay Brothers’ famous horror film Purana Mandir. He breathed his last in Mumbai on 8 July 2020.
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