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Madhur Jaffrey



Madhur Jaffrey grew up in her native Delhi, India, as a self-described tomboy. At an early age, she realized the limitations that were placed on her by Hindu society, due to the fact that she is a woman. She thus strove to accomplish what was most difficult to achieve, which was occupational and personal success independent of male intervention.

Fortunately, her parents were among her biggest supporters and she was allowed to travel to London, England, in order to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon completion of her degree, she moved to New York and married fellow actor Saeed Jaffrey. Reportedly, it was the Jaffreys that introduced director James Ivory to producer Ismail Merchant, with whom Madhur would later develop a longstanding working relationship. The foursome collaborated on the film Shakespeare Wallah, for which Jaffrey won a Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965.

When her marriage to Saeed fell apart, she came upon hard financial times. During this period, Madhur began to study Indian cooking and she eventually authored a series of cookbooks about her native cuisine, which established a second career for her. Because of the success of her cookbooks, she has appeared on numerous cooking shows and she has also developed a line of mass-marketed cooking sauces.

In 1969, she remarried, this time to famed violinist Sanford Allen. The two met as Jaffrey was working part time as a tour guide at the Lincoln Center, while Allen was performing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has three children, all by first husband Saeed. The youngest, Sakina Jaffrey, is also an actor and has appeared three times with her mother, in the films Chutney Popcorn, The Perfect Murder, and Cotton Mary.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Jadoo
  • Herself
2013
78% A Late Quartet
  • Dr. Nadir
2012
81% Today's Special
  • Farrida
2010
36% Hiding Divya
  • Divya Shah
2010
60% Phoebe in Wonderland
  • Miss Reiter
2009
38% Partition
  • Shanti Singh
2007
50% Prime
  • Rita
2005
No Score Yet Cosmopolitan
  • Actor
2003
68% Her Own Choice
  • Anju
  • Executive Producer
2001
36% Cotton Mary
  • Cotton Mary
2000
43% Flawless
  • Dr. Nirmala
1999
83% Chutney Popcorn
  • DDa
1999
89% Vanya on 42nd Street
  • Mrs. Chao
1995
60% Wolf
  • Editress
1994
88% Six Degrees of Separation
  • Guest of Honor
1993
No Score Yet The Perfect Murder
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Perfect Murder
  • Mrs. Lal
1988
No Score Yet The Assam Garden
  • Ruxmani
1985
No Score Yet The Wandering Company
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Heat and Dust
  • The Begum, His Mother
1983
No Score Yet Autobiography of a Princess
  • The Princess
1975
No Score Yet The Guru
  • Begum Sahiba
1969
83% Shakespeare Wallah
  • Manjula
1965

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Mind of a Chef
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Madhu
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
2011
  • Guest
93% New Girl
2011
  • Nana

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