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Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey passed away

Jaffrey also appeared regularly on the British soap operas, including Gangsters, The Jewel in the Crown, Common as Muck and Coronation Street.

Nov 16, 2015 16:17 IST
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Arti AgarwalVeteran Bollywood actor Saeed Jaffrey passed away on 15 November 2015 due to age-related ailments. He was 86.

Jaffrey appeared in numerous Indian and British movies, including Gandhi, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, A Passage to India, Chashme Buddoor, My Beautiful Laundrette and many more. He also starred in critically acclaimed movie Shatranj ke Khiladi directed by Satyajit Ray.

The legendary actor also appeared regularly on the British soap operas, including Gangsters, The Jewel in the Crown, Common as Muck and Coronation Street in which he appeared as Ravi Desai.

Jaffrey was the first Indian actor to tour Shakespeare, taking his company across the United States.

He was also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama. In 1978, he was awarded with Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Shatranj Ke Khiladi.

The actor studied in Minto Circle, S.T High School and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Later, he attended Wynberg Allen School, St. George's College, Mussoorie, and Allahabad University. He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and went to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, where he took a second post-graduate degree in drama from The Catholic University of America.

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