BAFTA pays tribute to late actor Saeed Jaffrey

Late actor Saeed Jaffrey was paid tribute at the 69th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards held on Sunday night, February 14. Jaffrey, who appeared in several British and Indian movies, dies in November last year in London at the age of 86.

Jaffrey was among the actors who were remembered in the ‘In Memoriam’ section of the BAFTA along with Alan Rickman, Maureen O'Hara, Omar Sharif, David Bowie, Ron Moody, Frank Finlay and Sir Christopher Lee, PTI reported.

Jaffrey was one of the first Indian actors to have a successful career in British films and television as well as in Hindi cinema. He was also a BAFTA nominee for the British comedy-drama ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. He was the first Asian to be honoured with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions in the field of drama. He was also posthumously conferred the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 2016.

Jaffrey has worked in a number of films including ‘The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)’, ‘The Man Who Would Be King (1975)’, ‘Sphinx (1981)’, ‘Gandhi (1982)’, ‘The Far Pavilions (1984)’, ‘The Razor's Edge’ and others.

He is known for his role in popular British television dramas ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, ’Coronation Street’, ‘Little Napoleans’ and ‘Tandoori Nights’.

Jaffrey broke into Bollywood with Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ for which he won Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1978. He gained popularity among India audience with his roles in ‘Masoom’, ‘Henna’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’, ‘Chashme-baddoor’, ‘Kisise Na Kehna’, ‘Judaai’ and ‘Ajooba’.

In his career spanning over six decades, Jaffrey has shared screen space with several celebrities, including Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough, Ben Kingsley and numerous Bollywood stars.