2020 strikes again! We were barely done reeling over the loss of famed choreographer Saroj Khan when we received the news of the passing of veteran star Jagdeep. Known by his stage name, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey made his debut in Bollywood as a child star in Madhubala (1950) and went on to appear in almost 400 films. Some of his famous roles include Soorma Bhopali in Sholay (1975), Machchar in Purana Mandir (1984), and Bankelal in Andaz Apna Apna (1994). Father of actor and comedian Javed Jaffrey, Jagdeep was well-respected and adored in society and among his peers. Many celebs have exclaimed their shock and anguish at the passing of the actor at the age of 81. Here’s what they had to say:
Anil Kapoor & Ajay Devgn were the first to pay their condolences
Jagdeep Saab was one of the greatest actors of India…I was his huge fan & was lucky enough to have worked with him in Ek Baar Kaho & many more films…he was always extremely supportive & encouraging…sending my heartfelt condolences & prayers to my friend Javed & family… pic.twitter.com/0ZXsridyL8
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) July 8, 2020
Heard the sad news of Jagdeep Saab’s demise. Always enjoyed watching him on screen. He brought so much joy to the audience. My deepest condolences to Jaaved and all members of the family. Prayers for Jagdeep Saab’s soul🙏
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 8, 2020
Co-stars Johny Lever and Shilpa Shetty paid their respects
My first film & the first time I ever faced the camera, was in the film #yehrishtanatoote with the legend himself #Jagdeep bhai. We will miss you…May his soul rest in peace 🙏🏽 Our prayers & deepest condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/uhBjYSZdVe
— Johny Lever (@iamjohnylever) July 8, 2020
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Extremely saddened by the news of Jagdeep ji's demise.😔💔I had the good fortune to share screen space with him in Rishtey, such wonderful comic timing, in his inimitable style and an even more wonderful human being ❤️ Heartfelt condolences to @meezaanj, @jaavedjaaferi @navedjafri_boo & the entire family🙏🏻 Sending love, prayers, & strength to cope with this difficult loss🙏🏻 #RIPJagdeepJi
Industry veterans were full of gratitude
Rest in peace Jagdeep sahab !! 🙏Thank you for all the memories that I have watching your films and performances in my childhood!! You will be missed by us all!! Condolences to the family!!!🙏🙏
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) July 8, 2020
Jagdeep Sahab continues to live on in our hearts through his work, bringing us so much joy & happiness.
Dear @NavedJafri_BOO , @jaavedjaaferi & the entire family, may Allah give you all strength in your moment of test.
Prayers for Jagdeep Shahab’s soul. Much Love Mugdha & Rahul🙏
— Rahul Dev (@RahulDevRising) July 8, 2020
Really sad to hear about Jagdeep sahab. What a phenomenal actor & a wonderful person. He has entertained my generation all through our growing years. He was also my reference point for Ishqiya. Thank you Jagdeep sahab… Allah aapko Jannat Naseeb farmaye -RIP
— Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) July 8, 2020
— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) July 9, 2020
Even the current crop of actors was thankful for the memories
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 8, 2020
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) July 9, 2020
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) July 8, 2020
Filmmakers, singers, and cricketers – they all paid their respects
Good Lord. May God rest his soul in peace. https://t.co/AfBC4WhzwN
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) July 8, 2020
#Jagdeep Sa'ab is forever.
I was 2 when I first saw #Sholay and even at that age his character left an unforgettable impression.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) July 8, 2020
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2020
RIP, Jagdeep Sa’ab! Your performances will remain with us eternally.