Jaaved Jaaferi Pens A Heartfelt Note For His Late Father Jagdeep

Shubanka Sridhar , 13 Jul 2020

The passing of the veteran comedian, Jagdeep, has been a huge loss to Hindi cinema. The whole film industry mourned his death and thanked the 81-year-old actor for entertaining through the years with his legendary comic timing in more than 400 films. The actor passed away on Thursday owing to age-related health issues.

Today, his son, Jaaved Jaaferi, took to his social media to pen a heartfelt note for his father, calling him a legend in the true sense. He thanks everyone who paid their condolences, saying this is his father’s real reward after 70 years in the industry. Throwing light on his father’s life, he reminisces how at the age of 8, he was left to earn his living by working in a tin factory, selling kites to working under a ‘maalishwaala’. At the age of 10, he says, he got his break, and found his calling in cinema. Jaaved remembers how his father began his journey in films with B.R Chopra‘s first film, Afsana, in 1949 and that revered personalities like Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan and K Asif have been his mentors.

He wrote that “From the most natural child actor I have witnessed in Hindi cinema to a sensitive leading man, to the craziest improv comedian with impeccable timing in latter years, he never failed to entertain and amaze.” So true, we can’t help but agree to that!

He adds:

Hindustaan ke logon ko do cheezon se bohot lagaao hai, ek hai Ma, doosra, Cinema. Mere father ko bhi in donon se behad lagaao tha. I would like to end with his favourite couplet which his Maa quoted under dire straits and which he constantly used as a reminder – “Woh manzil kya, jo aasaani se teh ho; Woh raahi kya, jo thak kar baith jaaye”. To the man I called ‘papa’ and who the world knew by his various avatars, SALAAM !!! Aapka naam Sooorma Bhopali ayysaee naee tha !!

He posted a link to his entire note on his Twitter:

A day after the veteran actor’s passing, his grandson, Meezaan Jaafery also penned a note for him. In it, he urged all youngsters to spend as much time with their grandparents and value them.

Check it out:

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Thank you for all the love and appreciation everyone has give to Dada. He gave 70 years of his life to the film industry. He was living and breathing films as all he knew since the age of 10 was films. His father had passed away when he was really young, so his father figures were K.Asif, Mehboob Khan, Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt and a few other directors of that time. Hes worked with almost every actor of his generation and gave everyone a run for their money. He was stress buster for people watching him on screen and brought a smile to everyones face. With having done 400 films his legacy lives on forever. I asked him one day why the name JAGDEEP and he said with a smile (which was perpetually on his face) he wanted to bring light into everyone’s life (jag- world, deep- light). He never interfered in anyones life and always had a happy-go-lucky attitude and lunches at his house were like a story telling session where people of all age groups sat down and listened like children. Thank you dada for passing on that knowledge and those stories on to my family and I. Today I’m upset because there are so many things I wanted to ask you and so many I wanted to say but I guess its meant for another time. I could go on and on about your accomplishments but i guess its time to let go. You’re not here physically but you will always be in our hearts🖤 For those who have grandparents living with them or not living with them, PLEASE spend more time. I spoke to my Dada 2 days before his demise and my father passed him the phone while on facetime. All he said to me was “aur beta kaise ho, youre looking very handsome”. Thats the last thing my grandfather said to me and I dont think ill ever forget that image. Make an effort to pick up the phone and speak to them for 2minutes it'll make their day because I promise you when the time comes for them to depart from this world, you will regret it no matter how much time you guys have spent together. However old, grumpy and irritating they have gotten, cherish every moment with them and make the most of it❤️

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Sending lots of strength to the entire family.

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