Jaffrey had three daughters from his 1958–1964 marriage to Madhur Jaffrey: Zia, Meera and Sakina. Looking for some great streaming picks? In the 1980s, he had roles in the British drama series ‘Tandoori Nights’ and ‘The Jewel in the Crown’. degree in 1948 and M.A. Starring Mandakini and Rajiv Kapoor, the movie was the highest grossing Hindi movie of that year. He was cast in the role of Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet. [46], In 1961 Jaffrey was forced to give up his job as Publicity Officer with the Government of India Tourist Office. However, the couple parted their ways after a few years of their marriage. At his schools, Jaffrey started participating in school theatrical productions. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. While visiting his father in Gorakhpur in the winter of 1945, Saeed discovered the BBC World Service on the shortwave radio. In 1941, he studied at Wynberg Allen School and later graduated from St. George's College, Mussoorie. [34] In late 1955, Jaffrey won a Fulbright scholarship to study drama in America the following year. [58], Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures, New York University Stern School of Business, "Veteran Bollywood Actor Saeed Jaffrey Dies at 86", "Saeed Jaffrey: Actor whose career took in India, Hollywood and the UK and who worked with Lean and Attenborough", "Saeed Jaffrey: a jewel of international cinema", "How We Met: Saeed Jaffrey And Mark Tully", "Saeed Jaffrey obituary: Indian star who enjoyed global fame", "How We Met: Ismail Merchant & Madhur Jaffrey", "Telling Secrets That Worked For a Gambling Life in Films", "From playing Nawab to a paanwala: Saeed Jaffrey straddled roles onscreen with ease", "Saeed Jaffrey one of the best known faces of Hindi cinema in Hollywood passes away", "Actor Saeed Jaffrey was first Indian named to Order of British Empire", "Saeed Jaffrey interview: New kid on the Street", "Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor and Bollywood veteran, dies", "Saeed Jaffrey dies at 86; Actor exuded flair and versatility from Bollywood to Britain", "Announcement Of Death: Veteran Indian Born Actor Saeed Jaffrey Has Died", "Saeed Jaffrey to get posthumous Padma Shri honour", "Many scenes of Saeed Jaffrey's life were played in city", "Saeed Jaffrey never got over his Aligarh days", "Saeed 'versatile' Jaffrey passes away at 86", "Madhur Jaffrey Interview – Part 1: An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub", BBC UK Desert Island Discs review of Saeed Jaffrey, "From actress to cookbook author: The lives of Madhur Jaffrey", "Theater: Zen Buddhism; Plays by Rolf Forsberg Open at the East End", "Comedy Opens Monday At Westport Playhouse", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Saeed_Jaffrey&oldid=984013593, Naturalised citizens of the United Kingdom, Officers of the Order of the British Empire, Wikipedia articles needing clarification from June 2016, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 17:02. [16] In spring 1956, he approached Bahadur's parents in Delhi for her hand in marriage but they refused because they felt that his financial prospects as an actor did not appear sound. He was born on the 8th of January 1929. He played an instrumental part in bringing together film makers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant[3][8][9] and acted in several of their Merchant Ivory Productions films such as The Guru (1969), Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978), The Courtesans of Bombay (1983) and The Deceivers (1988). [51] Madhur arranged for their children to live with her parents and sister in Delhi while she went to Mexico for the formal divorce proceedings. It was listed by Time magazine in February 1967 as "one of the five best spoken word records ever made".[6]. He had collapsed at his London residence from a brain haemorrhage and never regained consciousness. [26][27] Unable to afford a place to stay and having no relatives in the city, Jaffrey spent his nights on the bench behind the office building. [46], In early 1966, Jaffrey returned to New York City to play the haiku-karate expert Korean police chief Kim Bong Choy in Nathan Weinstein, Mystic, Connecticut that opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
[28], Along with Frank Thakurdas and 'Benji' Benegal, Jaffrey set up the Unity Theatre, an English language repertory company at New Delhi in 1951. [6] He voiced all 86 characters in the 1997 BBC World Service broadcast of Vikram Seth's novel, A Suitable Boy. [35] In summer 1956, Jaffrey resigned from his position as Radio Director at All India Radio. His younger siblings are his brothers, Waheed and Hameed, and his sister, Shagufta. Family: Saeed Jaffrey father name not known and his mother name not known. He played the role of Kate Hardcastle in the annual school play, Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops To Conquer. He later earned his second postgraduate degree from Catholic University of America in the year 1957. His voice and ability to mimic well enabled him to narrate several audio books.
During this time period, he also featured in the epic historical flick ‘Gandhi’ and in the comedy drama movie ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. He appeared briefly in Rabindranath Tagore's The King of the Dark Chamber along with Madhur. In 1985, he earned much fame with his role of Kunj Bihari in the film ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’. Jaffrey appeared in many Bollywood and Hollywood movies, and appeared with actors including Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. Saeed Jaffrey was the first of four children of Hamid Hussain Jaffrey and Hamida Begum. The incredibly talented Jaffrey was the first Asian to earn Canadian and British film award nominations. [38] He was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour of the United States. Favourable reviews of the play brought an offer from the BBC World Service to write, act and narrate scripts in Urdu and Hindi.

He also attended the Staff Training Institute of All India Radio. [42] Jaffrey provided the narration for Ismail Merchant's Oscar-nominated short film, The Creation of Woman (1960). [14] The divorce was finalized in 1966. They lived on West 27th Street, between Sixth and Broadway. From 1958 to 1964, Saeed Jaffrey was married to Madhur Jaffrey. She worked as a disc jockey at night.

He started his career as an English Announcer with the External Services of All India Radio on 2 April 1951. From January to May 1962, he played Professor Godbole in a stage adaption of ‘A Passage to India’. [31] Jaffrey arranged for Bahadur to join him there after she graduated from RADA.


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