Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur Jaffrey

Highest Rated: 89% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995)

Lowest Rated: 36% Hiding Divya (2010)

Birthday: Aug 13, 1933

Birthplace: Delhi, India

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.

Highest Rated Movies



58% Jadoo Herself 2013
76% A Late Quartet Dr. Nadir $1.5M 2012
81% Today's Special Farrida $0.4M 2010
36% Hiding Divya Divya Shah 2010
60% Phoebe in Wonderland Miss Reiter 2009
38% Partition Shanti Singh 2007
50% Prime Rita $22.8M 2005
No Score Yet Cosmopolitan Actor 2003
70% ABCD (Her Own Choice) Anju Executive Producer 2001
36% Cotton Mary Cotton Mary 2000
41% 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
85% 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
89% Shakespeare Wallah Manjula 1966


94% New Girl
Nana 2013
No Score Yet The Mind of a Chef
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Madhu 2004


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