India mourn veteran actor Saeed Jaffery’s death


Condolences are pouring in for the veteran actor Saeed Jaffery, who passed away on Sunday.

86-year-old Jaffery, who had been living in London for last several years had acted in scores of Bollywood and Hollywood movies. The news of his death was shared by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal on her Facebook page.

Expressing condolence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ““Saeed Jaffrey was a multifaceted actor whose flair and versatility will always be remembered. Deepest condolences on his passing away.”

Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Shivraj Chauhan tweeted, “Sad demise of versatile actor Saeed Jaffrey is a big loss to film industry. For decades, he enthralled us with his class apart acting. #RIP.”

West Bengal’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee said in her tweet, “Saddened at the passing away of veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey. End of an era. Condolences to his family and friend.”

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a minister in Modi’s cabinet tweeted;

“Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away. Saeed Jaffrey has joined his brothers and sister and is rejoining in the lap of his Heavenly Father, enternally,” Aggarwal’s post said.

Saeed is renowned for his roles in movies like “Gandhi” (1982), “Shatranj Ke Khilari” (1977), “Henna” (1991), “Masoom” (1983) and “Ram Teri Ganga Maili” (1985).

He was married to co-actress and travel writer Mehrunima (Madhur Jaffrey), but they parted ways in 1965. Together they have three daughters Meera, Zia and Sakina – who is also an actress.

Among many honours and awards, Saeed was conferred with the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to theatre, the first Indian to be so honoured.