Veteran Bollywood actor Saeed Jaffery, who appeared in several British and Indian movies, has died. He was 86.
Mr Jaffrey had worked 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.
Having worked in British movies as well, he was very well-known abroad. His international work includes movies like Gandhi and A Passage To India as well as on the TV shows Tandoori Nights, The Far Pavilions and The Jewel In The Crown. His co-stars include Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan.
You may also recall Mr Jaffrey’s work from several mainstream Hindi movies like Ram Lakhan, Khoon Bhari Maang and Naseeb.
Saeed Jaffrey was born in Malerkotla, Punjab and studied at Aligarh Muslim University, the Wynberg Allen School and Allahabad University.
He began his career on stage and setup a theatre company of his own in New Delhi. He later went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art or RADA in London.
Saeed Jaffrey was the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire or OBE.
He was married to actress-author Madhur Jaffrey, with whom he had three children. His daughter Sakina is a well-known actress. He and Madhur Jaffrey divorced in 1965 and he later married casting director Jennifer Sorrell in 1980, remaining married to her until his death.