Legendary Indian actor Saeed Jaffrey was born
Legendary Indian actor Saeed Jaffrey was born on 8 January 1929 and died on 15 November 2015 in United Kingdom. Saeed Jaffrey was a British-Indian actor whose experience of various languages enabled him to work in radio, stage, film, and television all across America, Britain, and India. His voice and ability to mimic well allowed him to narrate numerous audiobooks. Before hitting off his acting career venture, he was enrolled in various colleges and universities including Aligarh Muslim University, Wynberg Allen School, and St. George’s College in America. He was a graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, a premier school of drama.
He also served as the Staff Training Institute of All India Radio. He served with All India Radio as Radio Director from 1951-1956. In 1951 and 1956 he started his career in drama, as the originator of his own English theatre group named the Unity Theatre, in New Delhi.
He has also performed in many Bollywood films in the 1980s and 1990s. For television, he was cast in Gangsters between 1975-1978, The Jewel in the Crown in the year 1984, Tandoori Nights between 1985-1987, and Little Napoleons in the year 1994. He has also performed as Ravi Desai on British soap opera called Coronation Street as the father of the character Vikram Desai.
He worked with top stars like Scottish actor Sean Connery also known for his portrayal of fictional British secret agent James Bond, English actor Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan also known as the fifth actor to play secret agent James Bond in the Bond film. He starred in popular cinema directed by extremely gifted personalities like Satyajit Ray, James Ivory, and Richard Attenborough. He is the first Indian to take Shakespearean performances on a journey to the United States. He is also the first Asian to get British and Canadian Academy Awards nominations.
He became Britain’s highest-profile Asian actor during the 1980s and 1990s after performing leading roles in the drama series ‘Tandoori Nights,’ ‘Little Napoleons,’ and ‘The Jewel in the Crown.’ Jaffrey got into India’s major film industry, Bollywood, with the movie named ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’ which earned him a Filmfare award for his performance. He next went on to work in various other Hindi movies. The astonishingly talented Jaffrey was the first Asian to earn award an OBE for his contribution to drama, the first-ever Asian to receive this honor.