Indo-British actor Saeed Jaffrey passed away in London on 15th November at the age of 86. He suffered a brain haemorrhage on 14th November and was rushed to the hospital. The actor had a stellar acting career with movies like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Gandhi, The Man Who Would Be King and A Passage To India under his belt. Jaffrey was nominated for the BAFTA award in 1985 for his acting in the movie My Beautiful Laundrette. He is also the first Asian to have received the Order of the British Empire. He received OBE in 1995 for his services to acting and drama.
Jaffrey started is Bollywood career with Shatranj Ke Khiladi, directed by legendary Satyajit Ray. He then went on to act in over a 100 Bollywood movies and numerous English movies. Known as the Jewel of International Cinema, he started his career as an announcer for All India Radio in 1951. He also hosted the opening ceremony of the 1996 Cricket World Cup.
Jaffrey married twice. He had three daughters with Madhur Jaffrey, his first wife but the marriage ended in 1966. He married casting director Jenniffer Sorrell in 1980. His youngest daughter Sakina is also an actor and shared screen with her father in a 1992 Canadian film called Masala.
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