Veteran actor Jagdeep, famously known for his role as Soorma Bhopali in Sholay, passed away at the age of 81. The news was confirmed late night on July 8 as the actor died at his residence in Bandra at 8:30 pm. He was laid to rest in Mumbai on July 9.
Actor Jaaved Jaaferi took to Twitter to pen an emotional note for his father and thanked everyone for the outpouring of wishes. "My heartfelt thanks to all those who shared the pain of my father's departure with so much love, appreciation, and regret. Itna pyaar..itni izzat..itni duaaein..?????? Yahi toh hai 70 saalon ki asli kamai,” he wrote.
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— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) July 12, 2020
“From 10 to 81,all he breathed and lived was film. After losing his father at 7 and losing everything else that existed of a good life after the partition, it was a head to head combat with poverty and survival on the footpaths of Mumbai. An 8 yr old with his mother thrown head first into the ocean. It was either sink or swim. So he swam. From working in small scale tin factories to making kites, selling soap, to walking behind a Maalishwala holding his canister of oil and shouting ‘Maalish, tel maalish’. At 10 yrs of age what destiny choose for him, as the light at the end of the tunnel, was cinema,” he further wrote.
"The word ‘legend’ is thrown around freely these days but in his case, it is so amply justified. A father who taught me the values of life, the lessons of poverty, the importance of dedication, and the finesse of craft, with innumerable stories of positivity and inspiration. Always smiling, with words of encouragement for all, and reminding me that true success is gauged by what one ‘is’ and not what one ‘has’, and by ‘what’ one knows and not ‘who’ one knows,” he said calling his father a true legend.
"What a man, what a journey...To the man, I called ‘papa’ and who the world knew by his various avatars, SALAAM !!! Aapka naam Sooorma Bhopali ayysaee naee tha," Jaaved wrote.
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