'He justified the term legend,' says Jaaved Jaaferi remembering his father Jagdeep's struggles and film journey
Veteran comedian Jagdeep bid adieu to the world on July 8. The actor, best remembered as Sholay's Soorma Bhopali, passed away at 81 due to age-related illness. Days after his demise, Jagdeep's son Jaaved Jaaferi, on Twitter, penned a heartfelt note remembering his father fondly. Recalling his 70 year-long journey in cinema, Jaaved said his father experienced and survived on footpaths too.
Jagdeep, who started his career as a child artist in Afsana, went on to feature in over 400 films. Revealing how he dealt with problems post Partition and supported his mother after losing his father at a tender age, Jaaved reminisced the advice to him. "A father who taught me the values of life, the lessons of poverty, the importance of dedication and the finesse of craft, with innumerable stories of positivity and inspiration. Always smiling, with words of encouragement for all, and reminding me that true success is gauged by what one ‘is’ and not what one ‘has’, and by ‘what’ one knows and not ‘who’ one knows," he wrote.
My heartfelt thanks to all those who shared the pain of my fathers departure with so much love, (cont) https://t.co/YbPTkGzRYd
— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) July 13, 2020
Calling Jagdeep an artist who truly defined the term 'legend', Jaaved said, "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 later years, he never failed to entertain and amaze."
Stating that Jagdeep loved his mother and cinema equally, Jaaved shared his favourite quote by his mother. “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,” he wrote and ended the note by remembering his father's most popular character Soorma Bhopali. He mentioned, “To the man I called ‘papa’ and who the world knew by his various avatars, SALAAM !!!Aapka naam Sooorma Bhopali ayysaee naee tha !!”