Saeed Jaffrey, veteran actor passes away [ Current Affairs ]
Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey has passed away in London, England. He was 86. He is best - known for his acting roles in movies like Gandhi, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Henna and Ram Teri Ganga Maili.
About Saeed Jaffrey:
- He was born on 8 January 1929 in Malerkotla in then Punjab province of British India.
- He had started his career in All India Radio (AIR) and later as a theatre actor.
- He studied drama from The Catholic University of America.
- Jaffrey was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the United States.
- He had performed in more than 100 Bollywood productions in the 1980s and 1990s.
- His film praises include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Gandhi (1982), A Passage to India (1984), The Far Pavilions (1984), The Razor’s Edge (1984), and My Beautiful Laundrette (1985).
- In his television career, he had starred in Gangsters (1975–1978), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–1987) and Little Napoleons (1994).
Awards and Honours:
- He was the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995 for his contributions to drama.
- He was the first Asian actor to receive British and Canadian Academy Awards nominations.
- In 1978, he was awarded Filmfare Award for Shatranj Ke Khiladi in the Best Supporting Actor category.
- Published on: November 18, 2015