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Saeed Jaffery, The Guy Who Give Life To His Characters

Saeed Jaffery, The Guy Who Give Life To His Characters

Saeed Jaffery

Hello Beautiful Peeps! In the current column, you’ll be making a dive inside the life of Saeed Jaffery, a man known for giving life to any role given to him.

1. Born in 1929, in Malerkotla, Punjab, Jaffery received his education from Minto Circle, Aligarh and went to Mussoorie for his remaining studies.


2. Jaffery then opted for B. A in English Literature and MA in Medieval Indian History from Allahabad University and then went to the Catholic University of America to study Fine Arts in Drama.

In his school days, Jaffery used to participate in school plays, which aroused his interest in Acting.

Allahabad University

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3. After completing his education, Jaffery came to Delhi in search of work and was hired by All India Radio as a Radio Announcer (English). But, due to low wages, he had to take risky steps to push further in his career.

His salary was so low that, for some days, he couldn’t afford a place to stay in Delhi.

Saeed Jaffery

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4. Along with his friends Benji Benegal and Frank Thakurdas, Jaffery established a unity theatre in Delhi. The first production was Jean Cocteau’s The eagle has two heads with Madhur Bahadur.

Jaffery friends

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5. Madhur Bahadur, at that time, was pursuing graduation from Miranda House and, later on, became Jaffery’s wife and then Ex-Wife.

Jaffery later married Jennifer Sorrell in 1980.

Saeed Jaffery wife

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6. In 1977, Jaffery broke into Bollywood with Satyajit Ray’s only Hindi film Shatranj Ke Khilari, which earned him Filmfare for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Shatranj Ke Khilari

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7. After Breaking so good, Jaffery was Unstoppable. He then featured in Chashme Baddoor (1981), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Henna (1991), etc.

Chashme Baddoor (1981)

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  1. Jaffery also contributed to some western Dramas like
  • My Beautiful Laundrette (1985),
  • The Jewel in the Crown (1984),
  • Tandoori Nights (1985–87),
  • Little Napoleons (1994), etc.

He was recognized to be Britain’s highest-profile Asian actor.

Saeed Jaffery was the first Indian to tour Shakespeare in the US.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

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  1. Jaffery has also worked with some great Hollywood Directors such as Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough, etc. in the films like
  • The Wilby Conspiracy
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • Sphinx
  • Gandhi
  • A Passage to India

Jaffery has also done his part as a Narrator.

The Wilby Conspiracy

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10. Time’s magazine listed his narration for the Kama Sutra titled The Art of Love as one of the five best-spoken word records ever made.

Kama Sutra

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11. In 1997, Jaffery voiced all Eighty-Six characters for the BBC’s broadcast of Vikram Seth’s novel, A Suitable Boy.

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12. Jaffery became the first Asian to receive British and Indian nominations. And in 1995, he was honoured with an OBE for his services in Drama.

Saeed Jaffery honoured withOBE

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13. Saeed Jaffrey’s autobiography, Saeed: An Actor’s Journey, was published in 1998.

Saeed Jaffrey's autobiography, Saeed: An Actor's Journey

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14. In 2015, unfortunately, Saeed Jaffery died from a brain haemorrhage at his home in London. Later on, in January 2016, Jaffery was honoured with Padma Shri.

15. Apart from Acting, Jaffery is also very skillful at drawing cartoons that he claimed to have acquired from his mother.

The multi-talented and the actor who never missed to make our eyes fixated while he acted, he remains one of the precious personalities of Indian Cinema that we could ever ask!

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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