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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Mumbai: Veteran actor Jagdeep, whose iconic character of Soorma Bhopali in Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer-'Sholay' tickled generation, passed away on Wednesday at his residence in Mumbai. The actor was 81. However, reason behind his demise is yet to be disclosed by his family.

Jagdeep, whose actual name is Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, is the father of Bollywood actor Jaaved Jaaferi and TV director Naved Jaffrey.

His stellar performance in different movies portraying different characters still tickles movie lovers. However, his catchphrase in Sholay “Mera naam Soorma Bhopali aise hi nahin hai” is still remembered by fans. The actor is also remembered for his performance in Salman Khan and Aamir Khan starrer Andaz Apna Apna.

The veteran actor started his career as a child artiste and was seen in films like Do Bigha Zamin and Aar Paar. He has acted in over 300 films in his career spanning over six decades.

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