By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
It has been 45 years since Sholay had hit the silver screens and even today, every song, dialogue and character is etched to perfection in our memory. Be it the main characters, Jai, Veer, Gabbar, Basanti, Thakur or the supporting cast, 'Angrezon Ke Zamane Ke' Jailor, Samba, Kaalia; Sholay is that Bollywood film which has passed the test of time. Soorma Bhopali was one such character, who made a mark in the hearts of the audience even with a small role and Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffery a.k.a., Jagdeep became one of the greatest comedians of all-time. (Also Read: Jagdeep Jaffery Dies At 81: From Selling Combs To Becoming A Legendary Comedian And Marrying 3 Times)
On July 8, 2020, Jagdeep had breathed his last and his demise had marked the end of our childhood as we had grown up watching and laughing to his hilarious antics on-screen. Born in 1939, Jagdeep had begun his career as a child artist extra in B.R. Chopra's Afsana. It was his second marriage to Sughra Begam, with whom he had welcomed two equally talented children, Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jaffery. The final rites of Jagdeep were performed by his son, Jaaved and Naved, and his grandson, Meezaan Jaaferi.
After the funeral of Jagdeep on July 9, 2020, his grandson, Meezaan Jaaferi had paid a tribute to his late grandfather by posting a throwback picture with him. Sharing a picture from his childhood archives, where little Meezaan can be seen giving a peck on his grandfather's cheeks, the Malaal debutant captioned it with a heart and sad emoji. While Meezaan's Insta-fam paid tribute to the late veteran actor in the comments section, the 31-year-old actor's rumoured ladylove, Navya Naveli Nanda sent him love. (Also Read: Angad Bedi Reveals The Secret To His Happy Marriage With Neha, His Answer Is Every Man's Story)
Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter and Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Nikhil Nanda's daughter, Nayva Naveli Nanda is rumoured to be dating Jaaved Jaaferi's son, Meezaan Jaaferi. Meezaan, who had made his Bollywood debut with Malaal in 2019, had clarified his relationship status with Navya, in an interview with the Mumbai Mirror a few months back. He had said, “We are from the same friends’ circle, she’s my sister’s bestie and a really good friend. I’m not in a relationship with anyone.” Meezaan is referring to his sister Alaviaa Jaaferi, who is one of Navya's closest friends and Navya is spotted on Alaviaa's Instagram posts.
Coming back to Jagdeep, in a throwback interview with Zoom, Jaaved Jaaferi had lauded his father's performances as a child artist and had revealed the values and lessons his father had passed on to him. Jaaved had said, "In my opinion, he was the best child actor I have seen in Hindi cinema till now and I don't exaggerate. If I look at his work as a child actor, it just flows so naturally. Look at a film like Do Bigha Zamin, look at him as shoe shine boy, look at Aar Paar. And you see that this kid is crying real, there is no glycerine, which is another amazing thing about him, he can cry. As a child he is crying real tears with the scene. So, for me, that was amazing. And then he passed it on to me, to us. And for me that was important. That stayed with me and those values still uphold." (Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Cheers For Hubby, Abhishek Bachchan's Web Debut, 'Breathe: Into The Shadows')
We pray for the strength of the Jaaferi family to cope up with this irrevocable loss.