WEB DESK: Veteran actor Saeed Jaffery,86,who delighted fans all over the world with his masterful screen presence and performances, passed away yesterday, Indian Express reported.
News of his tragic demise was shared by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal who took to Facebook to honour her uncle.
Saeed Jaffery was suffering from age-related ailments but the real cause of his death is not known.
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.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modia also tweeted about Saeed Jaffery’s demise.
Saeed Jaffrey was a multifaceted actor whose flair & versatility will always be remembered. Deepest condolences on his passing away: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 16, 2015
Saeed Jaffery started his career as an actor in theatre. He worked with internationally renowned acting luminaries like Sean Connery, Michael Caine (The Man Who Would Be King), and Pierce Brosnan (The Deceivers) among others and world class directors like Satyajit Ray (Shatranj Ke Khiladi) and Richard Attenborough (Gandhi).
Many of Saeed’s fans took to Twitter to express their condolences on the death of the legend:
Saeed Jafri was a perennial in many films of good taste. His talent will be missed on screen. May he RIP https://t.co/MOXkVfozFM
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) November 16, 2015
RIP #SaeedJaffrey Your inimitable style, your clipped dialogue & your happy presence be missed. Peace upon you. Condolences to the family
— Omar Qureshi (@OQSpot) November 16, 2015
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) November 16, 2015
— Rohan Sabharwal (@Youhu_Tarazu) November 16, 2015
— Sanjay Arora (@chiefsanjay) November 16, 2015
Jaffery shared screen space with other veteran actors including Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Ben Kingsley, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Sheikh to name a few.
His notable works in Bollywood include ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Henna, Chashme-Baddoor, Judaai, Dil, Ajooba’. Saeed Jaffery was the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama.