RIP Saeed Jaffrey

Actor Saeed Jaffrey, a veteran of dozens of Bollywood and international films, has died at the age of 86. Tributes have poured in since Jaffrey suffered a brain hemorrhage in London. Jaffrey starred in such acclaimed Indian films as Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) and more than 100 Bollywood productions. He also appeared in A Passage To India, Gandhi and The Man Who Would Be King, and earned a Bafta nomination for his role in 1985’s My Beautiful Laundrette. The news of his death was announced on Sunday by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal on Facebook.

He was born in Malerkotla, Punjab in a Punjabi Muslim family. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Far Pavilions (1984), and also appeared in many Bollywood films in the 1980s and 1990s. For television he starred in Gangsters (1975–1978 ), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–1987) and Little Napoleons (1994). He also appeared as Ravi Desai on Coronation Street and in Minder as Mr Mukerjee in Series 1 episode The Bengal Tiger.

He also worked with actors including Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. He starred in popular cinema directed by Satyajit Ray, James Ivory and Richard Attenborough. He was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the United States. He was also the first Asian to receive British and Canadian Academy Awards nominations, and also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama. He also served as the Radio Director (1951–1956) for All India Radio and Director of Publicity and Advertising at the Government of India Tourist Office, U.S (1958–1960).

The actor was married to actress-author Madhur Jaffrey with whom he had three children, including actress Sakina Jaffery. They divorced in 1966.He is survived by his wife Jennifer. His funeral is expected to take place in London two weeks’ time.

Saeed Jaffrey, OBE (8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015)

Limelight Shunned

What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?

I’d think I’d prefer to listen to myself speaking rather than watching myself. Funny since I like making videos and reviews on video but I usually focus on the camera just on the item – be it food, drink or something like a starship model or an electronic gadget – and let only my voice do the talking. It’s not needed for me to be on the screen as the review is on an object. So yeah I prefer listening to my voice and if it is a video as well, I won’t be on screen but you will hear my voice.

It’s just my view of things; I’m not very happy with my voice. I find it to get high pitched too much and it is really evident on recordings or on video. Although at times I can find myself with a nice deeper voice. But mostly I don’t really like my voice on recordings. Same goes for my image, I am not happy with the way I look and hence do not want to see myself or show myself on film or video and hence I stand behind the camera for the most part and prefer to do the filming or shooting the pics. Make sense?

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