Saeed Jaffrey, one of the first Indian actors to successfully establish a career in both Hindi cinema and British movies, and a BAFTA nominee, was remembered at this year’s awards.
Jaffrey, a BAFTA nominee for My Beautiful Laundrette, died at the age of 86 late last year. The actor was paid tribute in the in memoriam section alongside Alan Rickman, Maureen O’Hara, Omar Sharif, David Bowie, Ron Moody, Frank Finlay and Christopher Lee.
Watch the In Memoriam segment of the BAFTAs here
He is also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama. Jaffrey had a successful career both in India and in British films and television.
The actor settled in London, while continuing to work in the Mumbai-based Indian film industry. His most notable international performances are The Man Who Would Be King, Death on the Nile, Sphinx, The Jewel in the Crown, A Passage to India, The Deceivers, After Midnight, On Wings of Fire and Chicken Tikka Masala.
Watch Jaffrey talk about his role in Gandhi here
His international career saw him working with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Roshan Seth, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Jaffrey’s most memorable role was in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi. He credited Ray for bringing him back to Indian films.
Watch a clip from Chashme Buddoor here
To his Indian fans, Jaffrey is mostly known for his turn as a benevolent gentleman, friend and father figure in films like Masoom, Chashme Buddoor, Kissi Se Na Kehna and Ram Lakhan, among many other characters.
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