Saeed Jaffrey

  • Actor

Jan 08, 1929  in Malerkotla, Punjab, India

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Saeed Jaffrey`s career covered radio, stage, television, and film roles in more than a hundred and fifty British, American, and Indian movies over six long decades. Courtesy of his leading roles in the movie My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and television series The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985-1987) and Little Napoleons (1994), he was considered to be Britain`s highest-profile Asian actor. He also played an instrumental part in bringing together filmmakers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant and acted in several of their Merchant Ivory Productions films such as The Guru (1969), Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie`s Pictures (1978), The Courtesans of Bombay (1983) and The Deceivers (1988). He debuted in Indian films with Satyajit Ray`s Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) for which he won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1978. His cameo role as the Paanwala Lallan Miyan in Chashme Buddoor (1981) won him popularity with Indian audiences. He became a household name in India with his roles in Raj Kapoor`s Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) and Henna (1991), both of which won him nominations for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. He died at a hospital in London on 15 November 2015, after collapsing from a brain hemorrhage at his home. He was posthumously given the Padma Shri award in January 2016. He was married to Madhur, now divorced and the couple had three children.