Dubai: Bollywood actor Jagdeep died on Wednesday in Mumbai.
The 81-year-old star had been dealing with health-related issues for some time.
He will be laid to rest at a cemetery in South Mumbai today.
Photos of his son Jaaved Jaaferi leaving for the funeral were doing the rounds this morning.
The funeral was attended by the late actor’s family including his two sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri, and Jaaved’s son, budding actor Meezan.
Bollywood comedian Johnny Lever and actor Raju Sreshtha (Master Raju) were among those who came to the cemetery to pay their last respects.
Due to social distancing regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, only close family members and friends attended the funeral.
However, several Bollywood actors and filmmakers, especially those who have worked with him, took to social media to express grief.
“Tum bhi chale gaye ....sadme ke baad sadma..... Jannat naseeb ho .....tumhein [You also left us, I am getting one shock after another, may you rest in heaven],” tweeted veteran actor Dharmendra, who had shared the screen with Jagdeep in the 1975 film ‘Sholay’.
Dharmendra also shared a comedy scene clip from ‘Sholay’ featuring him and Jagdeep.
Jagdeep was best known for his stint in ’Ramesh Sippy’s 'Sholay' and performance in comedy film 'Andaz Apna Apna', where he played Salman Khan’s father, Bankelal.
He is survived by his three children Jaaved Jaaferi, Naved Jafri and Muskaan Jafri.
Born as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, Jagdeep began his career as a child artist and survived in Bollywood for over five-six decades. He worked in more than 400 films. He was honoured with a lifetime achievement by International Indian Film Academy. His brand of physical humour punctuated by comical facial expressions helped him build his own army of fans.
Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn tweeted the news, expressing his condolences.
Comic actor Johnny Lever tweeted as well, recalling that his first movie was one where he worked with Jagdeep.